How can American unions survive in our increasingly globalized business environment? With the trend toward multinational corporations, free trade pacts, and dismantling import barriers, organized labor has been steadily losing ground in the United States. This book argues that to reverse this trend, U.S. unions must create ties with workers and unions in other countries, and include the ever-increasing number of immigrant workers in their ranks. And it calls for a shift toward "social movement unionism, " which would change unions' orientation from exclusively market-focused and more toward social issues and rights.
1. The Labor Movement in a New Globalized Environment: An Introduction, Bruce Nissen; Part I: Cross-Border Organizing and Solidarity; 2. Free Trade and Worker Solidarity in the North American Auto Industry, Steve Babson; 3. Four Models of Cross-Border Maquila Organizing, Henry Frundt; 4. Union Global Alliances at Multinational Corporations: A Case Study of the Ameritech Alliance, Jeff Rechenbach and Larry Cohen; Part II: Responding to Immigration; 5. New Workers, New Labor, and the New Los Angeles, Ruth Milkman; 6. Unions and Immigrants in South Florida: A Comparison, Bruce Nissen and Guillermo Grenier; Part III: Internal Transformation: Moving Toward Social Movement Unionism? 7. The Strategic Challenge of Organizing Manufacturing Workers in Global/Flexible Capitalism, Fernando Gapasin and Edna Bonacich; 8. Does Neoliberal Restructuring Promote Movement Unionism? U.S. Developments in Comparative Perspective, Ian Robinson; 9. Citizenship Movement Unionism: For the Defense of Local Communities in the Global Age, Paul Johnston; 10. Concluding Thoughts: Internal Transformation? Bruce Nissen