Special Issue "Labor Unions and the Changing Employment Relationships"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019)
Across the globe, changing employment relationships impinge on the role of labor unions. The legal definition of an employee is subject to increasing debate as the ties between workers and hiring organizations become more tenuous. A variety of employment relationships are subsumed under the emerging “gig” economy to encompass contracted workers, temps, part-timers, and seasonal employees. Managing employment relationships grows more complicated within multinational firms that must comply with different legal requirements and societal expectations across national and continental boundaries. Representing workers also becomes even more challenging in this midst of shifting economic, legal, and social terrain. The costs and benefits of union representation may vary across different employment arrangements, and the legal protections afforded to workers may differ as well depending on their connection to hiring organizations. We explore the nature and scope of the changing employment relationships within and between countries and examine the implications they have for the role of unions in society, both in terms of workplace and political representation.Dr. Raymond Gibney
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- labor union
- employment relationship