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Standing in Solidarity: Religious Activism in Support of Immigrant Workers and their Unions


Helene Slessarev-Jamir


Claremont School of Theology

April 1, 2010

Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper

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Much of contemporary union organizing is done among workers with minimal citizenship rights, making them particularly vulnerable to threats and intimidation by employers. This occurs in the context of the dismantling of federal regulations that once structured union organizing campaigns. In response to these conditions, new forms of community/labor collaborations have emerged. This paper will explore the tremendous growth or religiously constructed labor support groups that are able to lend moral credibility to these union organizing campaigns, mobilize religious activists in support of low wage workers, and rebuild support for low wage workers within local religious communities. The paper will have a particular focus on the work of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) which is active in California. I will argue that where they have been successful, these collaborations are creating new citizenship rights from below.

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Date posted: March 29, 2010 ; Last revised: April 7, 2010

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Slessarev-Jamir, Helene, Standing in Solidarity: Religious Activism in Support of Immigrant Workers and their Unions (April 1, 2010). Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1580511

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Claremont School of Theology ( email )
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