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Making Immigrant Rights RealNonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco$
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Els de Graauw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700187

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700187.001.0001

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Raising Minimum Wages through Nonprofit-Union Collaborations

Raising Minimum Wages through Nonprofit-Union Collaborations

(p.111) Chapter 4 Raising Minimum Wages through Nonprofit-Union Collaborations
Making Immigrant Rights Real

Els de Graauw

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers immigrant labor rights and nonprofits' use of cross-organizational collaborations and administrative advocacy to enact and implement the Minimum Compensation and Minimum Wage Ordinances. It illustrates that immigrant-serving nonprofits and labor unions share a commitment to immigrant rights and understand the need of working together to raise wages for the city's lowest paid workers. However, because unions have more resources and face fewer restrictions, these collaborations relegate nonprofits to the legislative and electoral shadows of unions as they sought to promote immigrants' labor rights. Nevertheless, immigrant-serving nonprofits successfully influenced city administrators to implement the Minimum Wage Ordinance, with maximum benefit to the city's non-unionized immigrant workforce. Their success stemmed from the unions' lack of interest in and experience with the public enforcement of wage laws.

Keywords:   immigrant labor rights, cross-organizational collaborations, administrative advocacy, Minimum Wage Ordinance, immigrant-serving nonprofits, labor unions, wage laws

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