Community unions and the revival of the American labor movement

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Today's low-wage workforce is mostly ignored by the national political parties and largely untouched by organized labor. Over the last twenty years, "community unions" have emerged to try to fill the void. They are modest-sized community-based organizations of low-wage workers that, through a combination of service, advocacy, and organizing, focus on issues of work and wages. Community unions have so far had greater success at raising wages and improving working conditions via public policy rather than direct labor market intervention. This is because low-wage workers in America today have greater political than economic power.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)153-199
Number of pages47
JournalPolitics and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Community unions
  • Immigrant worker centers
  • Living wages


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