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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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Conclusion: Labor’s Prospect

Conclusion: Labor’s Prospect

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(p.145) Conclusion: Labor’s Prospect
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Global Unions, Local Power
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Jamie K. McCallum

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451935.003.0007

This concluding chapter argues that transformations in the global political economy have shifted the bases of worker power. Unions are increasingly turning toward strategies that seek to alter the “rules of engagement” between capital and labor even before worker organizing begins. These different strategies are expressed as campaigns to win global framework agreements. The chapter also claims that reciprocity between the global and local spheres of action is a necessary condition for building global unionism. The case studies in the book show the intricate ways in which local struggles were woven into the global effort. For instance, the effort in the United States for global union was expanded with the support of unions in the Global South.

Keywords:   global political economy, global unionism, strategies, local struggles, global effort, Global South

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