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Conflicting CommitmentsThe Politics of Enforcing Immigrant Worker Rights in San Jose and Houston$
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Shannon Gleeson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451218

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451218.001.0001

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Beyond Government

Beyond Government

How Civil Society Serves, Organizes, and Advocates for Immigrant Workers

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Conflicting Commitments

Shannon Gleeson

Cornell University Press

This chapter evaluates the role civil society organizations have played in implementing the rights of immigrant workers. It considers both the framing of the issue in each place and the strategies that have emerged. Specifically, the chapter specifies three ways that civil society organizations are advancing immigrant worker rights: direct service to individuals, collective organizing with workers, and policy advocacy on behalf of workers. This chapter examines a range of civil society organizations involved in promoting immigrant workers' rights, including but not limited to central labor councils, worker centers, immigrant rights groups, faith-based agencies, legal advocates, and even business groups. In doing so, the chapter compares and contrasts the accessibility and performance of the civil society organizations in San Jose and Houston.

Keywords:   civil society organization, immigrant worker rights, direct service, collective organizing, policy advocacy, San Jose, Houston

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