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Labour Law in an Era of GlobalizationTransformative Practices and Possibilities$
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Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, and Karl Klare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.001.0001

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

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

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Labour Law in an Era of Globalization
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Maria L. Ontiveros

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0022

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

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