Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles: Lessons from Three Rounds of Negotiations

25 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2002

See all articles by Christopher L. Erickson

Christopher L. Erickson

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Human Resources & Organizational Behavior (HROB) Area

Catherine Fisk

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Ruth Milkman

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Sociology

Daniel J. B. Mitchell

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Luskin School of Public Affairs

Kent Wong

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

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Abstract

We examine an important recent organizing success of the US labour movement: the "Justice for Janitors" campaign in Los Angeles. This campaign has spanned a complete business cycle and shows the union's capacity for growth over time. It illustrates the potential for unions to overcome pro-employer bias of labour laws, as well as their efficacy in appealing to the wider public. It exposes the importance of building coalitions, as well as the value of union analysis of legal, industrial, and political conditions. Our analysis suggests conditions under which unions might survive and thrive in the service sector in the twenty-first century.

Suggested Citation

Erickson, Christopher L. and Fisk, Catherine L. and Milkman, Ruth and Mitchell, Daniel J. B. and Wong, Kent, Justice for Janitors in Los Angeles: Lessons from Three Rounds of Negotiations. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 40, pp. 543-567, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=330001

Christopher L. Erickson (Contact Author)

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Catherine L. Fisk

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Daniel J. B. Mitchell

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management ( email )

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Luskin School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Kent Wong

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research ( email )

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