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"This is a most important book. Calling on law, economics and basic institutional change, the author provides a most informative view of modern labor relations and its problems and possibilities. Do not miss it!" --John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard University "A useful contribution to the general discussion about workplace rights. Rights at Work is timely as the common law is in a period of flux and the United States is increasingly concerned about foreign competition. The book is easy to follow and very accessible to interested laypeople." --Stewart J. Schwab, Cornell Law School

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Richard Edwards is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books, including Contested Terrain: The Transformation of the Workplace in the Twentieth Century (Basic Books, 1979).

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A dean at the University of Kentucky, Edwards here proposes new ways of protecting workers' rights, which he claims would also make the workplace more efficient. Edwards finds that the old ways of establishing and enforcing workers' rights are increasingly ineffective, costly, and even counterproductive, particularly as employers strive to cut costs and become more competitive and as labor unions continue to slide in membership and power. The ``protections'' that Edwards puts forth encompass an obligation by employers, union and nonunion, to detail the rights that they unilaterally grant to their workers, and which are legally enforceable, along with an independent system of mediation and arbitration, in place of litigation, to resolve disputes about these workplace rights. Recommended for research libraries with industrial-relations collections.-- Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY

"A timely and important book about change in defintiion of the employment relationship in the United States... Read this book before determining your own position." -- Journal of Economic Literature "This book explores employees' rights in the workplace and proposes some innovative public policy strategies that would protect the rights of workers while enhancing the ability of employers to succeed in today's highly competitive global environment... [A] useful contribution to the growing discussion of workplace rights." -- Choice "This is a most important book. Calling on law, economics and basic institutional change, the author provides a most informative view of modern labor relations and its problems and possibilities. Do not miss it!" --John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard University "A useful contribution to the general discussion about workplace rights. Rights at Work is timely as the common law is in a period of flux and the United States is increasingly concerned about foreign competition. The book is easy to follow and very accessible to interested laypeople." --Stewart J. Schwab, Cornell Law School

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