Defying Expectations

The Case of UFCW Local 401
AU Press
  • erschienen am 15. Februar 2018
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  • 204 Seiten
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In October 2005, Jason Foster, then a staff member of the Alberta Federation of Labour, was holding a picket line outside Lakeside Packers in Brooks, Alberta with the members of local 401. It was a first contract strike. And although the employees of the meat-packing plant-many of whom were immigrants and refugees-had chosen an unlikely partner in the United Food and Commercial Workers local, the newly formed alliance allowed the workers to stand their ground for a three-week strike that ended in the defeat of the notoriously anti-union company, Tyson Foods. It was but one example of a wide range of industries and occupations that local 401 organized over the last twenty years. In this study of UFCW 401, Foster investigates a union that has had remarkable success organizing a group of workers that North American unions often struggle to reach: immigrants, women, and youth. By examining not only the actions and behaviour of the local's leadership and its members but also the narrative that accompanied the renewal of the union, Foster shows that both were essential components to legitimizing the leadership's exercise of power and its unconventional organizing forces.
  • Englisch
Athabasca University Press
  • 1,06 MB
978-1-77199-201-5 (9781771992015)
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Jason Foster is associate professor of human resources and labour relations at Athabasca University. He is the author of a number of articles examining health and safety issues. He was previously the director of policy analysis at the Alberta Federation of Labour where he spent more than a decade as an occupational healthy and safety practitioner, advocate, and educator. His other research interests include migrant workers, union renewal, and the contemporary labour movement. Jason lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Acknowledgements vii; Introduction 3; The Evolution of Local 401, 1997-2017Facing New Challenges: From Safeway to Shaw 17; Victory at Lakeside 43; From Strength to Strength: A Paradoxical Path 63;An Analysis of Transformation Narratives and the Making of Local 401 89; Accidental Revitalization and the Role of Leadership 113; Revisiting the Business/Social Union Divide 135; Conclusion 157; Appendix A: UFCW Local 401 Timeline 175; Appendix B: UFCW Local 401 Employers 179; Appendix C: A Note on Method 181; References

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