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Organizing the Unorganized

Edmund Herry and Lee Adler

in Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270149
eISBN:
9780191710353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270149.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Political Economy

This chapter has two foci. In the first place, it develops a framework for analysing union organizing activity in a comparative context. Organizing strategies are distinguished in terms of their ... More


Varieties of Unionism: Strategies for Union Revitalization in a Globalizing Economy

Carola Frege and John Kelly (eds)

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270149
eISBN:
9780191710353
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270149.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Political Economy

As unions face an ongoing crisis all over the industrialized world, they have often been portrayed as outmoded remnants of an old economic structure. This book argues that despite structural shifts ... More


“How Can Greenville Get New Industry to Come Here If We Get the Label of a C.I.O. Town?”: Capital Migration and the Limits of Unionism in the Postwar South

Tami J. Friedman

in Life and Labor in the New New South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813037950
eISBN:
9780813043111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Capital migration undermined prospects for union organizing in the post-World War II South. Scholars and other observers have often viewed southern anti-unionism as a product of distinctively ... More


“Where There Are Workers, There Should Be Trade Unions”: Union Organizing in the Era of Growing Informal Employment

Mingwei Liu

in From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization: Markets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450242
eISBN:
9780801462931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450242.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Asian Politics

This chapter examines union organizing in China. It discusses the institutional innovations of regional unions that have organized community unions, market unions, office building unions, and union ... More


From Managing Decline to Organizing for the Future

Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery

in Union Voices: Tactics and Tensions in UK Organizing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451201
eISBN:
9780801466021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451201.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

This chapter underlines the key themes that set up the evaluation of organizing policy and practice in British unions in order to make a clear statement about what has happened since the start of the ... More


The Rise and Fall of Local 284: Black Women Laundry Workers’ Activism in the Era of the Great Migration

Matter Carson

in A Matter of Moral Justice: Black Women Laundry Workers and the Fight for Justice

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780252043901
eISBN:
9780252052804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043901.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

The Great Migration brought large numbers of Black wage-earning women into the urban North from both the South and abroad, including Trinidadian Garveyite and activist Charlotte Adelmond. Chapter 4 ... More


Millions Go Knocking

Lane Windham

in Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632070
eISBN:
9781469632094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter features stories and examples of the people who led the 1970s union organizing efforts in the private sector, including women, African Americans, Southerners, young baby boomers, and ... More


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: Transformative Practices and Possibilities

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199271818
eISBN:
9780191699542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0022
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

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, ... More


Organising the car factories, 1945–64

Jack Saunders

in Assembling Cultures: Workplace Activism, Labour Militancy and Cultural Change in Britain's Car Factories, 1945-82

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781526133397
eISBN:
9781526146649
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526133403.00008
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

Chapter 2 traces the development of motor industry trade unionism from the 1945 to 1964. Prior to World War 2, car workers had little tradition of labour militancy. Car firms were generally ... More


Union Responses to Workforce Feminization in the United States

Ruth Milkman

in On Gender, Labor, and Inequality

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040320
eISBN:
9780252098581
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040320.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter examines how labor unions responded to workforce feminization that began in the 1970s. It first places the relationship of women to unions in historical perspective before analyzing ... More


Introduction

Lane Windham

in Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632070
eISBN:
9781469632094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This introductory chapter is about how historians have overlooked a wave of private-sector union organizing efforts in the 1970s. These efforts were led by the women and people of color who had ... More


The Dilemma of the Narrow Door

Lane Windham

in Knocking on Labor's Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632070
eISBN:
9781469632094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632070.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how union organizing developed as the gateway through which workers had to enter before they could fully access the most secure tier of the nation’s employer-centered social ... More


No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

Jane F. McAlevey

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190624712
eISBN:
9780190624743
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624712.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

Over the past two decades, labor unions in the United States have experienced a profound crisis. In spite of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new organizing campaigns, unions have not won ... More


Legal Procedure in the Pacific Canneries

Charles W. Romney

in Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935–1950

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190250294
eISBN:
9780190250317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250294.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Local National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officials brought the Wagner Act to the Pacific canneries between 1935 and 1941. The NLRB’s field offices focused on legal procedure in preparing cases. ... More


The Responsive Wartime State

Charles W. Romney

in Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935–1950

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190250294
eISBN:
9780190250317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250294.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

During World War II, FTA Local 78 used union organizing campaigns among citrus workers in California’s Imperial and Central Valley to demand that the NLRB replace pledge cards with sworn testimony as ... More


Able and Militant Fighters for Workers

Robert Bussel

in Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039492
eISBN:
9780252097607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039492.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines how their time in Chicago led Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway to the shared experience of industrial union organizing and reinforced their faith in the potential of ... More


Contesting Contracts in Northern California

Charles W. Romney

in Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935–1950

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190250294
eISBN:
9780190250317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250294.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Between 1935 and 1941, AFL leaders created unions in northern California by evoking fears of the CIO and by drawing on a local tradition of multi-employer bargaining. AFL leaders designed their local ... More


The Seafarer Strikes and the Postwar Progressive Victory

Charles W. Romney

in Rights Delayed: The American State and the Defeat of Progressive Unions, 1935–1950

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190250294
eISBN:
9780190250317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250294.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In May 1945, cannery workers in Portland and Sacramento went on strike to avoid becoming Teamsters. The Sacramento workers demanded a hearing from the National Labor Relations Board office in San ... More


Epilogue

Robert Bussel

in Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039492
eISBN:
9780252097607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039492.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This epilogue reflects on the legacy of Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway. It begins with a discussion of some valuable insights that the two men's experience provides. As far back as the 1960s, ... More


Coming Up the Hard Way

Robert Bussel

in Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039492
eISBN:
9780252097607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039492.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the early lives and education of Harold Gibbons and Ernest Calloway. Gibbons was born on April 10, 1910, in Archibald Patch, a coal mining camp in the town of Taylor, ... More


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