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Union VoicesTactics and Tensions in UK Organizing$
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Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451201

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451201.001.0001

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Organizing Campaigns

Organizing Campaigns

(p.118) 5 Organizing Campaigns
Union Voices

Melanie Simms

Jane Holgate

Edmund Heery

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on organizing campaigns. Given that all union organizing activity must engage with workplace concerns and must engage workers at that level, it is necessary to look at the processes involved in this endeavor. The chapter examines the concept of workplace activism, stating that workplace organizing alone is not sufficient to promote union renewal in Britain. Employer behavior is very often left out of descriptions and analyses of organizing activity. One can only understand the behavior of unions, workers, and organizers in the context of the behavior of employers. The chapter then explains why employers are often resistant but not unrelentingly hostile to unionization in the United Kingdom, and why some employers are supportive. It argues that the outcomes of union organizing campaigns can only be understood within a much broader evaluation of the purpose, strategies, and context in which they take place.

Keywords:   organizing campaigns, organizing activity, workplace activism, workplace organizing, British union renewal, employer behavior

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