Working for Justice The L. A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy

ISBN-10: 0801475805

ISBN-13: 9780801475801

Edition: 2010

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Working for Justice, which includes eleven case studies of recent low-wage worker organizing campaigns in Los Angeles, makes the case for a distinctive "L.A. Model" of union and worker center organizing. Networks linking advocates in worker centers and labor unions facilitate mutual learning and synergy and have generated a shared repertoire of economic justice strategies. The organized labor movement in Los Angeles has weathered the effects of deindustrialization and deregulation better than unions in other parts of the United States, and this has helped to anchor the city's wider low-wage worker movement. Los Angeles is also home to the nation's highest concentration of undocumented immigrants, making it especially fertile territory for low-wage worker organizing.The case studies in Working for Justice are all based on original field research on organizing campaigns among L.A. day laborers, garment workers, car wash workers, security officers, janitors, taxi drivers, hotel workers as well as the efforts of ethnically focused worker centers and immigrant rights organizations. The authors interviewed key organizers, gained access to primary documents, and conducted participant observation. Working for Justice is a valuable resource for sociologists and other scholars in the interdisciplinary field of labor studies, as well as for advocates and policymakers.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 3/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Worker Centers, Ethnic Communities, and Immigrant Rights Advocacy
The Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance: Spatializing Justice in an Ethnic "Enclave"
Organizing Workers along Ethnic Lines: The Pilipino Workers' Center
Alliance-Building and Organizing for Immigrant Rights: The Case of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Building Power for "Noncitizen Citizenship": A Case Study of the Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network
Occupational and Industry-Focused Organizing Campaigns
The Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance
From Legal Advocacy to Organizing: Progressive Lawyering and the Los Angeles Car Wash Campaign
NDLON and the History of Day Labor Organizing in Los Angeles
The Garment Worker Center and the "Forever 21" Campaign
Unions and Low-Wage Worker Organizing
Ally to Win: Black Community Leaders and SEIU's L. A. Security Unionization Campaign
From the Shop to the Streets: UNITE HERE Organizing in Los Angeles Hotels
The Janitorial Industry and the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund
Afterword
Notes
References
Contributors
Index
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