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Era of Economic Change and Union Decline, Since 1973

  • Melvyn Dubofsky
  • Joseph McCartin

Abstract

The years since 1973 have witnessed vast changes in working-class life in the United States. The globalization of trade accelerated the deindustrialization of the nation. New technologies, especially the proliferation of computers, transformed work processes and moved the economy’s center of gravity increasingly away from industrial production toward the provisioning of services. The liberalization of U.S. immigration law in 1965, and the acceleration of immigration, both legal and illegal, from south of the U.S.-Mexico border began to decisively reshape the demographics of the U.S. working class. Together, such changes swept away the two decades of economic stability that most workers had experienced after World War II.

Keywords

Collective Bargaining Union Member Economic Change Union Membership Immigrant Family 
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© Melvyn Dubofsky and Joseph McCartin 2004

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  • Melvyn Dubofsky
  • Joseph McCartin

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