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Cross-National Comparisons of Social Movement Unionism

Diversities of Labour Movement Revitalization in Japan, Korea and the United States


Edited By Akira Suzuki

For the past two decades efforts to halt the decline in union numbers and revitalize the labour movement have largely resided in social movement unionism (SMU). In the first English-language book to compare SMU in Japan, Korea and the United States, scholars from the three countries examine its emergence as a response to neoliberal globalization. Cross-National Comparisons of Social Movement Unionism moves beyond previous studies of SMU and union revitalization which have focussed on the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The eleven chapters offer empirical and theoretical analyses of the impact of SMU on existing labour movements, and explain the mediating factors that account for the diversity of SMU across national boundaries, arguing that its forms and activities are mediated by different institutional, political and economic contexts.


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Note: The letter t following a page number denotes a table. 338 Index Change to Win (CTW) 131, 196–7 Chinese Progressive Association (US) 136 Christiansen, L. 7 Chun Doo Hwan 21 citizenship rights 6 civil rights movements 7, 29 civil society Japan 20, 172–3 Korea 31, 54, 57, 173–5 United States 69 Clawson, D. 64, 189 clean port movement 139–40, 139 n33 Cleveland, Ohio 190, 191, 194, 197–8, 204, 206 coalitions class-based 8 community-based 8, 10, 20, 29, 70, 150, 152–3 divisions among trade union mem- bers, challenge of 194–5, 196–7 economic constraints on coalition building 202–3 education of members 196, 199 faith-based 224 governance constraints on coalition building 203–6 ideology, ef fect of 206–8 inequality of member resources and responsibilities 200 lack of, Japan 70, 172–3 leadership roles 197–8, 199 ‘least common denominator’ challenge 194 with political parties 106 rank-and-file mobilization 198–9, 199 n5 with social movement(s)/organiza- tions 7 t, 26, 70 strategic purpose of 184–5 with student groups 47, 137 n25 Communication Workers of America (CWA) 12 community-based labour groups 154 see also NGOs, labour-based; worker centres Community Benefit Agreements (CBA) 139 n32, 183, 186, 191–2, 203 building trade unions, relationships to 195–6 Community Union Nationwide Network (CUNN, Japan) 64 n1, 245 membership data 77 n11, 300 as network-type movement 302–5 Confederation of Japanese Automobile Workers’ Unions ( JAW) 80 Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) former CIO unions 11,...

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