The Blue Eagle at Work: Reclaiming Democratic Rights in the American Workplace

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ILR Press
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6.37 X 9.5 X 1.0 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author

Charles J. Morris is Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. His books include the first two editions of Developing Labor Law: The Board, The Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act and American Labor Policy: A Critical Appraisal of the National Labor Relations Act. He lives in San Diego, California. Theodore J. St. Antoine is James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Law, University of Michigan, and Past President, National Academy of Arbitrators.

"Morris concludes that employees in a workplace where there is no exclusive-majority representative never lost their right to minority-union representation; that a minority union is automatically 'entitled to recognition and bargaining on behalf of its employee members'; and--here is the kicker--that 'an employer who refuses such recognition and bargaining is committing an unfair labor practice.' Moreover, an employer who refuses a minority union's request for recognition and bargaining on behalf of its 'members only' could be legally picketed, provided such picketing disclaimed any organizational purpose. Best of all, by asserting minority union representative, employees can claim--in Morris' view--a level of legal protection not available to union activists in typical organizing campaigns."--Andy Zipser, The Guild Reporter, 11 February 2005
"This book contains nothing less then a blue print of how unions can be organized under current hostile legal conditions, using the original intentions of Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. . . . The current discussion on how to reverse labor's decline has been given new life by Morris' book. It provides us with an articulate description of existing legal rights we didn't know we had and a new way that workers can follow to organize their own union without the frustrating experience of an NLRB election procedure."--David Cohen,
"The careful and expert 'journey of legal rediscovery' Charles Morris provides in The Blue Eagle at Work starts the overdue process of restoring voice to the millions of American workers who want and need it. The Blue Eagle might just fly again!"--Thomas A. Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management
"The Blue Eagle at Work combines the creativity and expertise that have marked Charles Morris's lifelong commitment to working people, to social justice, and to legal scholarship. His new book provides penetrating insights into the origins of U.S. law on workers' freedom of association and the still-prevailing legal protection for workers acting together, whether or not they are a majority in the workplace. Morris has painstakingly brought back to life long-dormant principles and effective legal theories for advancing workers' rights. Trade unionists, labor educators, and other worker advocates seeking innovative ideas for workplace action and organizing should start their new day with The Blue Eagle at Work."--Lance Compa, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
"Charles J. Morris has produced a book of exceptional merit. It is truly original, well written, and well reasoned. It takes a giant step beyond other books by arguing not only for protected concerted action for minority unions but also for the more formal step of recognition and actual collective bargaining between an employer and a minority union."--Hoyt Wheeler, author of The Future of the American Labor Movement
"The Blue Eagle at Work deals with an issue critical to the survival of private-sector labor organizations in the United States. In it, Charles J. Morris has taken a long-forgotten topic and brought it to life. Morris presents a cogent and analytical framework to support his underlying thesis in favor of minority union bargaining rights. He has looked at different legal and philosophical ideas to support his assertion and done so in such a persuasive manner that he was able to convince me despite my initial skepticism."--Charles B. Craver, George Washington University Law School
"In an effort to explain how federal labor law has come to its present highly unsatisfactory state, Charles J. Morris has undertaken a scholarly historical inquiry into a neglected facet of labor law and labor relations--collective bargaining in the absence of an exclusive employee bargaining representative. I highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about the current state of labor relations and labor law in the United States."--Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
"Charles J. Morris's book will serve as a road map to recovery for the labor movement. His work is a must-read for all involved in labor relations and those concerned with expanding democracy. I believe it to be the most important and best work available on labor law and organizing. I am convinced that soon all union organizers will adopt his understandings."--John Lambiase, President of UE District Council 6