labor relations, public emlployees, collective bargaining, Boston police strike of 1919


In the past decade, the greatest phenomena in the field of labor relations in the United States has been the rapid growth of the organization of public employees into structures for collective bargaining. Today's public employees have obviously concluded that enhancement of terms and conditions of employment can only be achieved through the negotiating process. The posture of public employees was in 1919 (the time period dealt with by Russell) an unthinkable concept insofar as it impinged upon the sovereignty of government. Moreover, it was deemed at that time that public employees were public servants who had no right to withdraw their services. In this atmosphere, this book review considers the subject of the book- the Boston police strike in 1919.



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