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Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds
Local Solidarity in a Global Economy
Lowell Turner (Editor); Daniel B. Cornfield (Editor); Peter Evans (Foreword)


Paper, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-8014-7360-9
$ 24.95   £18.95

"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. Ron Applegate, Cornell University Barbara Byrd, University of Oregon William Canak, Middle Tennessee State University Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University Benjamin Day, Mass-Care: The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley Lou Jean Fleron, Cornell University Ian Greer, Cornell University and Leeds University Marco Hauptmeier, Cornell University Jane Holgate, London Metropolitan University Otto Jacobi, Laboratorium Europa Heiwon Kwon, Cornell University Stephanie Luce, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Bruce Nissen, Florida International University David Reynolds, Wayne State University Nari Rhee, University of California, Berkeley Monica Russo, SEIU Julie A. Sadler, University of Delaware Jefferey M. Sellers, University of Southern California Lowell Turner, Cornell University Jane Wills, University of London "

About the Author
Lowell Turner is Professor of International and Comparative Labor, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. He is the author of Democracy at Work and Fighting for Partnership and coeditor of Rekindling the Movement: Labor's Search for Relevance in the 21st Century, all from Cornell. Daniel B. Cornfield is Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and editor of Work and Occupations. He is the author of Becoming a Mighty Voice: Conflict and Change in the United Furniture Workers of America and editor or coeditor of several books, including Labor Revitalization: Global Perspectives and New Initiatives. Peter Evans is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Embedded Autonomy, editor of Livable Cities?, and coeditor of Bringing the State Back In.

Subject Areas
Sociology
Urban Studies
Political Science / U.S. & Canada