Online Social Networking

Online social networking and trade union membership:
what the Facebook phenomenon truly means for labor organizers
Article #1 Review
Daisy Shelton
Tarleton State University


Article Summary:
    This article attempts to address the pros and cons of social networking and it’s possible effects on union organization and membership.   The author present a couple of examples as to possible ways that union organizers had access to people in the past and how some of these social meeting places are no longer used in masse for group outings.   The authors, through their examples seem to imply that in the 1930’s and the 1940’s that our society was more social than it is today.   They also suggest that maybe, in part, that the decline in union membership is due to people being more individualized and not socializing as they did in the past.   The article presents that Facebook in a relatively short time has garnered over 200 million members.  
    Further reading reveal what they call “the two faces o unionism.”   Here the authors borrowed rom Bruce Kaufman and Freeman and Medoff, while stating that the two faces refer to union rent seeking behavior and union voice.   The rent-seeking is the improved wages and working conditions which also represents the costs of unionization to the firm.   The union voice is the communication between both management the workers without the fear of reprisal.   The problem for some seems to be that most of the “benefits” offered by unionization are only realized after a union has been established in a facility.
  The article goes on to compare society’s activities in the 1930’s, 1940’s and early 1950’s to the activities of today and present some assumptions as to how this effects the continued decline of union activity today.   Did the decline in mass social trends have anything to do with the decline in unionism?
    What I took away from this article was that people are more individualistic today.   In one of the author’s...