publication . Article . 2009

Hemmed In: Legal Mobilization in in the Los Angeles Anti-Sweatshop Movement

Cummings, Scott L;
Open Access English
  • Published: 29 Oct 2009
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
The field of labor organizing -- once a site of progressive disenchantment with law -- has now become a crucial locus of law's resurgence. There is mounting evidence that legal innovation is contributing to a new dynamism within the labor movement as immigrant worker centers, community-labor coalitions, and other grassroots alliances creatively use law to mobilize low-wage workers. These efforts suggest that a reorientation is under way within the labor movement, with activists adopting a legal pluralist approach to organizing that takes strategic advantage of the multiple and intersecting ways in which both employee and employer activities are legally regulated...
free text keywords: labor law, immigrant workers, Los Angeles garment industry, labor activism, sweatshop abuse, labor reform
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