Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds
Local Solidarity in a Global Economy
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Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds by Lowell Turner
Book DescriptionLabor in the New Urban Battlegrounds examines a diverse array of innovative strategies for revitalizing the labor movement by forming alliances outside the workplace with a variety of community groups, social movements, and faith-based organizations, particularly those that address civil rights, immigrant rights, and consumer concerns. This book presents case studies of issues-such as living wages, community development corporations, and local politics-around which urban coalitions are built in "union towns" (New York City, Boston, Buffalo, and Seattle), "frontier cities" (Los Angeles, Miami, San Jose, and Nashville), and European cities (London, Frankfurt, and Hamburg). Introducing the role of urban social context in the field of labor revitalization, the editors have chosen cases with different outcomes-cities in which strong coalitions have enabled new union influence are contrasted with those in which such coalition building has been thwarted. As they survey the successes and failures of the new urban labor movement, the editors and contributors conclude that actor choice, strategic innovation, coalition building, and the urban context of labor organizing are key elements in the revitalization of the labor movement and the renewal of democracy. This book will allow the labor leaders of the future to learn from the recent experiences of their peers throughout the United States and Europe.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801473609
(235mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: ILR Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lowell Turner
Mobilizing Against Inequality, Paperback (April 2014)
The contributors to this volume set out to study union strategies toward immigrant workers in four countries: Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and United States.
Rekindling the Movement, Paperback (May 2001)
Experts from a wide variety of disciplines-industrial relations, political science, economics, and sociology-identify the central developments, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the new pro-labor initiatives.
Transnational Cooperation Among Labor Unions, Paperback (December 2000)
Organized labor faces enormous challenges in the increasingly global economy. The effect of multinational corporations, the portability of technology and capital, and lowered trade barriers in international commerce have all sparked widespread...
Fighting for Partnership, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by Lowell Turner
West Germany from 1949 to 1990 was a story of virtually unparalleled political and economic success. This economic miracle incorporated a well-functioning political democracy, expanded to include a "social partnership" system of economic...
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Author Biography - Lowell Turner
Lowell Turner is Professor of International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School and Director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is coeditor most recently of Mobilizing against Inequality, Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds, and Rekindling the Movement, all from Cornell.
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