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A Marriage Made in Heaven? Mismatches and Misunderstandings between Worker Centres and Unions

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Worker centres, community-based mediating institutions that provide support to low-wage workers in the United States, have grown from five in 1992 to 160 in 2007. With unions increasingly targeting low-wage immigrant workers employed in non-footloose industries for organizing drives, it would seem that worker centres and unions are a match made in heaven. On the ground, however, it has been more of a mismatch. This article examines the underlying sources of the mismatch embodied in the structures, ideologies and cultures of worker centres and unions. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2007.

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  • Janice Fine, 2007. "A Marriage Made in Heaven? Mismatches and Misunderstandings between Worker Centres and Unions," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 45(2), pages 335-360, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:45:y:2007:i:2:p:335-360
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