Politically Engaged Unionism

8 Pages Posted: 20 May 2020

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Ruben J. Garcia

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: 2019


This chapter will examine the model of what I term “politically engaged unionism” in the Las Vegas area as a template for labor-community coalitions in the labor movement of the future. Culinary Workers Union Local 226, an affiliate of UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO (“the Culinary Union”) has focused on being a politically connected union able to obtain results with state and local policymakers, and that political and legislative success has been followed by gains at the bargaining table. In this chapter, I argue that the Culinary Union defies previous distinctions between business unionism and social movement unionism, with lessons for the future of the rest of the labor movement.

Note: [This chapter has been published in The Cambridge Handbook of U.S. Labor Law for the Twenty-First Century (edited by Richard Bales & Charlotte Garden)[https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108610070.039]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press].

Keywords: Union, Politically Engaged Unionism, Unionism

Suggested Citation

Garcia, Ruben J., Politically Engaged Unionism (2019). UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3598676

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