Annual Report 2002 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

04 Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., Industrial and Labor Relations

Immigration and American Unionism (Cornell University Press, 2001). Briggs examines the shared history of unions and immigration. He explores the contentious relationship between U.S. immigration policies and the U.S. union movement: When immigration increases, unionism flounders and when immigration decreases, unionism thrives. Immigration has been viewed by worker organizations and their leaders as a menace. Briggs shows the intricacies of the relationship of immigration, labor, and unions. He discusses the survival of American unionism, the most reliable and persistent advocate for all American workers, and its incongruence with pro-immigration policy.

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