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Unions and the CityNegotiating Urban Change$
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Ian Thomas MacDonald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501706547

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501706547.001.0001

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(p.208) Conclusion
Unions and the City

Ian Thomas MacDonald

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter presents three key findings that emerged from the variations of labor's urban strategies. First, unions are more likely to achieve union goals in profit-led sectors, but these narrower strategies are found to conflict with the broader class strategies that are associated with labor renewal. Second, unions are more likely to favor broader class strategies in sectors that are not profit-led. In these cases, unions are capable of reconciling union and social goals. Outcomes are, however, less impressive in these cases. Third, regardless of sector, urban labor strategies are more likely to succeed when the nature of urban space is taken into consideration by labor campaigners in designing or adapting strategy to the local context.

Keywords:   urban strategies, labor unions, profit-led sectors, class strategies, labor renewal, urban labor strategies, urban space, labor campaigners

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