The Business of Organized Labor

I’m looking for other panelists and a chair and/or commentator for a panel on bringing organized labor into business history. The papers for this panel could address topics such as labor unions behaving like businesses, managerial relationships with union leadership, and business anti-union activity. In line with the theme of the 2024 conference, this panel could consider how labor unions fit into business visions of the public interest and business objectives that go beyond profit seeking.

I’m a PhD student at Columbia University with a paper on the progressive origins of the most infamous anti-union consultant in the U.S. in the 1950s. Tentatively I have another grad student who could give a paper on union finances and corruption.

Please send notes of interest to Aaron Freedman at alf2212@columbia.edu