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Global unions

Chellening transnational capital through cross-border campaigns

Kate Bronfenbrenner

Cornell University Press 2007, 280 s. ISBN 9780801473913
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To meet the challenges of globalization, unions must improve their understanding of the changing nature of corporate ownership structures and practices, and they must develop alliances and strategies appropriate to the new environment. Global Unions includes original research from scholars around the world on the range of innovative strategies that unions use to adapt to different circumstances, industries, countries, and corporations in taking on the challenge of mounting cross-border campaigns against global firms. This collection emerges from a landmark conference where unionists, academics, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations from the Global South and the Global North met to devise strategies for labor to use when confronting the most powerful corporations such as Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil.

The workplaces discussed here include agriculture (bananas), maritime labor (dock workers), manufacturing (apparel, automobiles, medical supplies), food processing, and services (school bus drivers). Kate Bronfenbrenner's introduction sets the stage, followed by contributions describing specific examples from Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Bronfenbrenner's conclusion focuses on the key lessons for strengthening union power in relation to global capital.

Terry Boswell, Emory University
Kate Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University
Henry Frundt, Ramapo College
Samanthi Gunawardana, University of Melbourne
Tom Juravich, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kevin Kolben, Rutgers Business School
Valeria Pulignano, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Darryn Snell, Monash University
Dimitris Stevis, Colorado State University
Ashwini Sukthankar, International Commission for Labor Rights
Amanda Tattersall, University of Sydney
Peter Turnbull, Cardiff University
Peter Wad, Copenhagen Business School