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craft unions

James B. Dworkin


A craft union represents workers who possess a specialized skill or perform a particular function. Examples include bricklayers, masons, plasterers, and electricians. Employees enter the craft as an apprentice and work their way up to the role of journeyman and through several years of on‐the‐job training . The union represents these employees in collective bargaining and also determines which individuals will have the opportunity to enter the trade. By restricting entry into the skilled trades, craft unions are able to keep wages high. Craft unions also control the hiring process through the mechanism of the hiring hall. ( 1986 ). The Transformation of American Industrial Relations . New York : Basic Books . ( 1960 ). The Impact of Collective Bargaining on Management . Washington, DC : Brookings Institution . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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