Visiting Fellow Profile
Amanda Tattersall, Australia
Amanda Tattersall is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her dissertation looks at community unionism—which occurs when trade unions campaign with community organisations and social movements on issues beyond wages and condition—and involves a comparative study of industrial relations and social movement practice in Australia, Canada and the United States.
She comes to ILR on a fellowship to conduct field research and write two case studies on North American community unionism practice. Her Canadian case study is of the Ontario Health Coalition, a movement that began in Toronto to defend universal health care. Amongst other successes that coalition door-knocked over 450,000 houses to save medicare - and won. Her USA case study is the Chicago Living Wage campaign, where unions successfully created a living wage standard for workers in businesses receiving public money. In addition she will be surveying unions from Toronto and Chicago, to develop an empirical analysis of when and how unions are likely to engage in community unionism practice and when they are likely to successfully create union power.
Amanda Tattersall is also a special projects officer with the Labor Council of New South Wales. The Labor Council is a union for union, with over 67 affiliated unions representing over 800,000 workers in NSW. Amanda helped establish the Workers with a Disability Alliance, where trade unions and disability advocacy groups are working together to support and unionize disabled workers in business services and open employment. Her faculty sponsor at ILR is Professor Lowell Turner. She is visiting from May 25, 2005 to May 26, 2006 and her office is located at 332B.
- Amanda Tattersall