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2004 - The Law and Society Association Words: 116 words || 
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1. Slater, Joseph. "Labor's 'New Star': Wisconsin's Public Sector Labor Statute and the Transformation of American Labor Relations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 2004 <Not Available>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p117047_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper studies the decade-long fight to pass the first state collective bargaining law for public employees in Wisconsin, ending with a statute in 1959 and amendments in 1962. The battle to pass the law is an instructive tale of American politics, involving rival interest groups, reconstituted political parties, and the significant role of state structure. Further, a result of the law was a tidal wave of state public sector labor laws in the 1960s that finally allowed government employees to organize unions and, in many cases, to bargain collectively. These laws in turn led to a massive expansion of public sector unionism, thus substantially changing the nature of the American labor movement and American politics.

2005 - American Political Science Association Pages: 21 pages || Words: 10414 words || 
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2. Cook, Maria. "International Labor Standards and Domestic Labor Advocates: The Politics of Labor Rights in Latin America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Sep 01, 2005 <Not Available>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p40592_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: As consensus on the importance of labor rights and standards begins to emerge in the international arena, the situation for workers in many developing countries continues to deteriorate. This raises a question that has often been overlooked in current debates on international labor standards in the global economy: How can international labor rights and standards be effectively promoted in countries that lack strong domestic labor rights advocates? Most discussion of international labor rights focuses on the construction of legal norms and instruments to promote labor rights but ignores the importance of domestic agents for implementing and defending these rights on the ground. It is often assumed that the existence of a core set of international labor rights can be leveraged by domestic agents to improve or protect national standards, without considering whether domestic advocates, principally trade unions, possess the capacity or will to do so.

This paper looks at the role of international pressure and union strength in assessing the extent to which labor movements have promoted or effectively defended labor rights during periods of widespread labor law reform in Latin America in the 1990s. The paper concludes with the implications of these Latin American developments for the contemporary debate on effective promotion of international labor standards.

2006 - International Studies Association Pages: 33 pages || Words: 10502 words || 
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3. Cook, Maria. "International Labor Standards and Domestic Labor Advocates: Unions, Labor Reform, and Workers' Rights in Latin America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 <Not Available>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p100172_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: As consensus on the importance of labor rights and standards begins to emerge in the international arena, the situation for workers in many developing countries continues to deteriorate. This raises a question that has often been overlooked in current debates on international labor standards in the global economy: How can international labor rights and standards be effectively promoted in countries that lack strong domestic labor rights advocates? Most discussion of international labor rights focuses on the construction of legal norms and instruments to promote labor rights but ignores the importance of domestic agents for implementing and defending these rights on the ground. It is often assumed that the existence of a core set of international labor rights can be leveraged by domestic agents to improve or protect national standards, without considering whether domestic advocates, principally trade unions, possess the capacity or will to do so.

This paper looks at the role of international pressure and union strength in assessing the extent to which labor movements have promoted or effectively defended labor rights during periods of widespread labor law reform in Latin America in the 1990s. The paper concludes with the implications of these Latin American developments for the contemporary debate on effective promotion of international labor standards.

2008 - ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES Words: 217 words || 
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4. Reese, Ellen. and Chase-Dunn, Christopher. "Labor Activists and the World Social Forum: Challenging Neoliberalism, Building International Labor Solidarity, and Strengthening Labor-Community Alliances" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA's 49th ANNUAL CONVENTION, BRIDGING MULTIPLE DIVIDES, Hilton San Francisco, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, Mar 26, 2008 <Not Available>. 2019-09-23 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p251059_index.html>
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Abstract: Since it was first established in 2001, the World Social Forum has quickly become the largest international gathering of social activists who are opposed to neoliberalism and a key site for labor organizing. Using survey data from the 2005 and 2007 World Social Forum meetings, we examine the social characteristics and political views of labor activists attending these meetings, and how labor activists compare to other kinds of participants at the WSF. We also compare the characteristics of labor activists from the global north with those of their counterparts from the global south as well as explore the characteristics of labor activists that are more and less involved in other kinds of social movements. We discuss the implications that these survey findings have for understanding the challenges and prospects for building community-labor alliances and international labor solidarity. Using field notes from the 2007 WSF meeting in Nairobi, we then explore the various ways that labor activists are using this “open space” to challenge neoliberalism, coordinate transnational labor campaigns, strengthen international labor solidarity, and forge and solidify their ties to activists involved in other kinds of social movements. We also discuss the content of internal debates and discussions taking place at this historic meeting regarding how the labor movement can best challenge neoliberalism within the current global economy

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