Pub. Date:
Cornell University Press
Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy / Edition 1

Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy / Edition 1

Current price is , Original price is $28.95. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.


Labor 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801473609
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 02/05/2007
Series: Frank W. Pierce Memorial Lectureship and Conference Series , #12
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

What People are Saying About This

Bruce Raynor

"As multinational corporations dominate more aspects of our daily lives, it is critical that we develop global strategies for solving local problems. This important new book does just that. By comparing local union organizing campaigns from around the world, this talented group of labor researchers makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the global labor movement."

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews