333 Final Exam Essay Questions - 333 Final Exam Essay...

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333 Final Exam Essay Questions I. Question 2: In late 2005, SEIU organized 5000 low-wage janitors in Houston, in a breakthrough case of union success in the South. In 2006, these same janitors won a four-week-long strike for higher pay and guaranteed working hours. How do these victories relate to Tortilla Curtain and the arguments of Ehrenreich, Weir and Cornfield- and to other cities such as LA and Miami? What accounts for such a breakthrough success and what broader impacts can it have in and beyond a city such as Houston? Is this an exceptional case, unlikely to spread, or does it say something about the potential for labor movement revitalization, the integration of immigrant workers, and or the reduction of labor inequality in America? a. This represents the third era of labor movements i. It is concerned with contemporary labor-inclusive coalition building ii. Relatively buffered from globalization iii. CTW iv. Addresses have-not workers’ interests: economic, ethnicity-race, gender, place of origin, sexual orientation, and other social characteristics v. Building labor-inclusive coalitions with a wide range of social justice movements that are engaged in identity politics is a major prong of contemporary social unionism!!! vi. Organizing non-union’s have-nots vii. The city plays such an important role 1. Arena of strategic labor action taken by revitalizing third- moment unions 2. Arena of ongoing identity politics viii. Cities shape labor-inclusive coalition building ix. Creating more equality entails that wages x. Social justice arguments b. Ehrenreich i. Suggests that workers don’t demand higher wages because they have contrained mobility, not well informed about their options, have very little economic literacy because employers don’t help them ii. They often live very far from where they work because of high rent- meaning they aren’t gonna live in cities iii. Employers are squashing union efforts iv. So its really hard to mobilize people who aren’t in cities v. Also, wealthier people aren’t in contact with poor people so they aren’t really engaged in political rights for them vi. One reason that no one bothers to mention the poverty crisis is that the middle class is used to thinking of poverty as a consequence of unemployment vii. “conspiracy of silence”- the subject of poverty
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c. Weir i. Labor may take the lead in promoting broader approaches to politics, with efforts to address inequality ii. Effective cooperation among organizations is necessary and they must broaden their interests iii. Calls for affordable housing, transportation, and public school access to address the inequalities iv. People must be engaged in the government and not be anti- government because that results in inequality v. The state and local government must be attacked d. Cornfield i. Immigration challenges local leaders to form coalitions ii. Identity politics iii. Switch from manufacturing to the service sector—service sector jobs protected from globalization
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