First published in 1986. This study examines both labor’s and management’s political activities in the state of Massachusetts. The book, while historical in character, provides an interpretation of change, and identifies, describes and interprets temporal sequences. The primary aim of this study is to trace the evolution of public policy in the United States in the broad area of labor-management relations. The attempts of organized labor and management groups to influence public policy through the political process are examined, with a more detailed examination of labor and management political struggles in Massachusetts. This title will be of interest to students of political and labor history.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of Tables; 1. Introduction; Part One: Government, Organized Labor, and Management in the United States: Traditional Patterns and Changing Tendencies in the Public Policy Aspects of the Industrial Rule Making Process; 2. Government and Public Policy in the Industrial Rule Making Process 3. Historical Experiments in Political Activity: Organized Labor 4. Historical Experiments in Political Activity: American Management 5. A Detailed Look at the Post World War II Labor-Management Political Scene 6. Summary and Conclusions on the National Scene; Part Two: The Current Setting and Historical Background of Labor-Management Political Struggles in Massachusetts; 7. An Introduction to the Dynamics and Structure of Massachusetts Government 8. A Closer Look at the Major Groups Attempting to Influence contemporary Labor Legislation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 9. Early (Pre 1930) Massachusetts Labor Legislation 10. New Deal and Wartime Labor Legislation; Part Three: Postwar Labor Legislation in Massachusetts; 11. The Immediate Postwar Period, 1946-1948 12. Labor and Democratic Ascendency, Conflict, and Compromise, 1949-1952 13. Republican Hegemony on Beacon Hill, 1953-1956 14. The Democrats Return and Finally Dominate on Beacon Hill, 1957-1960 15. Massachusetts Labor Legislation in the Early 1960’s 16. An Analytical Review and Summary of Postwar Labor Legislation in Massachusetts 17. Summary and Conclusions for the Thesis; Appendices; Bibliography; Biographical Note