Event Title

State of the Unions: The Labor Movement under Attack in North America

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The economic and financial crisis experienced since 2008 has shed new light on the difficulties faced by the labor movement since the early 1980s. Unions have been confronted by three main challenges: a loss of bargaining power towards the employers; a sometimes dramatic decrease of membership; and a crisis of their political project with the broader crisis of progressive politics in industrialized economies. This presentation will map the current situation of the labor movement in North America by focusing on attacks from governments and businesses in the last few years. It will show how the economic crisis represents both a challenge and an opportunity for organized labor to react and rebuild itself in this era of economic and political uncertainty.

About the Lecturer: Thomas Collombat, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Integration and Globalization at the Universit' du Quebec, Visiting Professor in Quebec Studies The Center for Canadian- American Studies, Western Washington University

Document Type

Event

Start Date

4-4-2012 12:00 PM

End Date

4-4-2012 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Labor unions, Labor movement

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English

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video/mp4

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Apr 4th, 12:00 PM Apr 4th, 1:15 PM

State of the Unions: The Labor Movement under Attack in North America

Fairhaven College Auditorium

The economic and financial crisis experienced since 2008 has shed new light on the difficulties faced by the labor movement since the early 1980s. Unions have been confronted by three main challenges: a loss of bargaining power towards the employers; a sometimes dramatic decrease of membership; and a crisis of their political project with the broader crisis of progressive politics in industrialized economies. This presentation will map the current situation of the labor movement in North America by focusing on attacks from governments and businesses in the last few years. It will show how the economic crisis represents both a challenge and an opportunity for organized labor to react and rebuild itself in this era of economic and political uncertainty.

About the Lecturer: Thomas Collombat, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Integration and Globalization at the Universit' du Quebec, Visiting Professor in Quebec Studies The Center for Canadian- American Studies, Western Washington University