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A New Course for Labour Unions: Identity-Based Organizing as a Response to Globalization

Maria L. Ontiveros

in Labour Law in an Era of Globalization

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271818
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191699542 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0022
A New Course for Labour Unions: Identity-Based Organizing as a Response to Globalization

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This chapter and the next directly address the problems posed for and the opportunities offered to union organizing by identity politics. This chapter makes the case for ‘identity-based’ organizing, shifting the focus away from the ‘workplace’ and ‘workers’ (as traditionally understood) and taking union organizing efforts into the home and the local community. It describes the limited view of labour union issues found in US law and discusses the particular impediments that US labour law poses to identity-based organizing and some strategies for overcoming them.

Keywords: US; identity politics; union organizing; labour union; globalization

Chapter.  5157 words. 

Subjects: Employment and Labour Law

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