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Cross-constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions


  • Linda Briskin


This article explores cross-constituency organizing inside three Canadian unions that involves dual, parallel and integrated structures. It assesses these approaches with reference to the conceptual frame of intersectional political practice. In particular, this study highlights the institutionalization of intersectionality through constitutional, organizational and representational intersectionality. The paradigm of autonomy and integration is used to identify effective mechanisms for cross-constituency vehicles. Cross-constituency organizing is a form of coalition-building inside unions It is a vehicle for building solidarities across identities and advancing equity organizing in Canadian unions that supports, at one and the same time, union revitalization and the union equity project. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2008.

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  • Linda Briskin, 2008. "Cross-constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 46(2), pages 221-247, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:46:y:2008:i:2:p:221-247

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    1. John Logan, 2006. "The Union Avoidance Industry in the United States," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 44(4), pages 651-675, December.
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