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SOCY 122
Rob Beamish

Power and The Logic of Collective Action Inputs: • • Employer • Primary organizer of labour force • Capital exists as a fluid resource • Employees • Union is secondary organizer of labour force • History of worker association • Human/labour power inseparable • Entire spectrum of needs/wants • Cant reduce fundamental needs • Key questions • Employers: • Costs of demands vs cost of lockout • Willingness to pay • Fairly monological, one thing to worry about • How is this going to profit the business • Employees: • Costs of strike vs management offer • Willingness to pay • Willingness to act • Dynamics: • Employers • Fluidity of capital • It can be invested elsewhere it can be stock piled • Costs of work stoppage • Easier to calculate a work stoppage for a business • Employees • Cost of accepting offer vs. Cost of no income • Diverse membership; diverse interests, wants and needs Consensus building via negotiation • • Mobilization and maintaining strike Ontological Nature of Labour & The Logic of Collective Action • Social organization of work creates conditions of power within societies • Power is balanced between employers and employees The balance of power is not equal • • Can create tension • A functioning economy is critical to every society - capital holds critical resources • Two logics of collective action disadvantages employee
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