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September 2001Will Unionism Prosper in Cyber-Space? The Promise of the Internet for Employee Organization
with Richard B. Freeman: w8483
This paper argues that the low cost of information, communication, and interaction on the Web offers trade unions opportunities to improve services and attract members and thus reinvent themselves for the 21st Century. Analyzing current use of the Internet by unions in the United Kingdom and United States, we develop five hypothesis about the impact of the Internet on unions. 1) the Customized Services hypothesis that unions will individualize services; 2) the Cyber-organizing hypothesis that the Web will ease organization and produce virtual minority unions at many non-union firms; 3) the Cyber-democracy hypothesis that the Web will enhance democracy in unions; 4) the Cyber-dispute hypothesis that the Web will become an important space for industrial disputes; and 5) the New Internationa...

Published: Diamond, W. J. and R. B. Freeman. "Will Unionism Prosper In CyberSpace? The Promise Of The Internet For Employee Organization," British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2002, v40(3,Sep), 569-596. citation courtesy of

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