Empty victories, harmless defeats

The relationship between moderation, strike results, and substantive benefits
Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


The discussion of strike strategy that has been presented thus far has been highly idiosyncratic. This is because there has been no consideration of the simplest strike strategy of them all. The “obvious” prediction that a naive observer might make would be as follows: Workers who win their strikes will make more than workers who lose their strikes; unions should engage in strikes they expect to win and avoid strikes they expect to lose. If this argument were true, then strike volume per se would be relatively irrelevant, because what would matter would be the total number of victories relative to the total number of defeats.


Work Assignment Union Security Work Rule Salary Offensive Strike Success 
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