A Marriage Made in Heaven? Mismatches and Misunderstandings between Worker Centres and Unions

26 Pages Posted: 11 May 2007

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Janice Fine

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick

Abstract

Worker centres, community-based mediating institutions that provide support to low-wage workers in the United States, have grown from five in 1992 to 160 in 2007. With unions increasingly targeting low-wage immigrant workers employed in non-footloose industries for organizing drives, it would seem that worker centres and unions are a match made in heaven. On the ground, however, it has been more of a mismatch. This article examines the underlying sources of the mismatch embodied in the structures, ideologies and cultures of worker centres and unions.

Suggested Citation

Fine, Janice, A Marriage Made in Heaven? Mismatches and Misunderstandings between Worker Centres and Unions. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 335-360, June 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=986000 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00617.x

Janice Fine (Contact Author)

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick ( email )

Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States

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