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Global Unions, Local PowerThe New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing$
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Jamie K. McCallum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451935

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451935.001.0001

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Forging the New Labor Transnationalism: Governance Struggles and Worker Power

Forging the New Labor Transnationalism: Governance Struggles and Worker Power

(p.19) Chapter 1 Forging the New Labor Transnationalism: Governance Struggles and Worker Power
Global Unions, Local Power

Jamie K. McCallum

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the growing tendencies toward transnationalism within some segments of labor movements. Expanding industries—such as telecommunications, automobile production, property services, retail, as well as transportation and logistics—led to active campaigns for global unions involving workers, unions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other civil society groups in dozens of countries. This movement has increased since the mid-1990s beyond regional cooperation to develop legitimate global structures that can carry out sustained campaigns against some of the world's largest and most union-resistant corporations. On this note, the chapter argues that corporate power structures employment relationships into its liking, even against governmental regulatory measures.

Keywords:   transnationalism, labor movements, global structures, corporations, employment relationships, governmental regulatory measures

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