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Unformatted text preview: October 25, 2011 Global Challenges: Labor Midterm Evaluations Last Week: Global commodity chains; initiatives to raise incomes of small producers in global south. This week: How has labor responded to global economic restructuring? Today: Living Wage Campaigns in London and other cities in the Global North • Class-conscious labor movements were indeed emerging in many parts of the world • In the first half of the twentieth century, labor was usually organized by unions who bargained with company bosses for better wages & conditions for workers • These gains were further supported by the welfare state, which supported universal access to education, health care, housing and pensions (Keynesianism) • There were important exclusions and limitations. Unions usually excluded women and people of color. They were focused on national scale issues. Nevertheless, unions played an important role in increasing worker’s rights. • By the 1980’s, this kind of union politics was faltering in many parts of the world. Why?...
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- Fall '11
- Living wage, Ken Livingstone, living wage campaign