AmeriQuests: Narrative, Law and Society


Workers and Decision Making on Production, by Lawrence B. Cohen

Edited by Robert F. Barsky and Jonathan Cohen

Lawrence B. Cohen began revising his Columbia University PhD dissertation on worker self management in the spring of 1949, with an eye to publishing it for broad circulation. He completed the first draft in the spring of 1950, and then revised it over the next few years with input from Stanley Aranowitz and Seymour Melman.
The final manuscript offers intimate details regarding the workings of a local union, and provides significant insight into worker decision making. The goal of the union that Cohen investigated was to establish "rules which can be applied without bias," and on this basis he sets forth a framework for active worker participation in decision making that relates to production.
The complete manuscript of this book is hereby presented for the first time, and it is accompanied by scholarly and historical commentary that helps situate it within its historical context, while at the same time providing illuminating insights for workers and scholars concerned with shifting power relations in the workplace.
This issue also offers commentary on Donald Trump's Executive Orders of January 2017 in regards to refugee rights and sanctuary.

Table of Contents

Preface

Preface: From Avukah to Worker Self Management Barsky Preface
Robert F. Barsky 1-11

Introduction

A Note on the manuscript A Note on the Manuscript
Jonathan Cohen 12

Commentary

Foreword Davis
Kevin Davis 13-15
Workers Self-Management Gary Roth
Gary Roth 16-17
Biographical Note: Lawrence B. Cohen Biographical Note
Jonathan Cohen 18-20

Manuscript

Workers and Decision Making on Production, by Lawrence B. Cohen Lawrence Cohen
Lawrence B. Cohen 21-244

Poetry

Refugees: for Muriel Rukeyser Weiss pdf
Lenore Paula Weiss

Book Reviews

Book Review of Timothy Michael, British Romanticism and the Critique of Political Reason Hanna Roman
Hanna Andrea Roman 245-247
Review of Francine Prose, Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern. Barsky
Robert F. Barsky 248-249
Review of Edward Rubin's 'The Heatstroke Line' Serkin
Chris Serkin 250

Special Topics

Legal Obligations, Obstacles and Alternative Theories to Admission of Syrian Refugees in the United States Commentary HTML
Lynn Stopher, Kourtney Kinsel, Aaron Rothbaum, Susi Foerschler 251-259
US Obligations Towards Syrian Refugees Fletcher pdf
Jessica Fletcher 260-264
The US’s Legal Responsibilities in Regards to Syrian Refugees Delgado pdf
Andrea Delgado 265-270


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