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Temple University

1. Rothermel, Jonathan Christopher. Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement.

Degree: PhD, 2010, Temple University

Political Science

This dissertation investigates the role of global labor in international relations. I argue that global labor is mainly comprised of two parts: national union organizations and Global Unions. Global Unions are transnational labor organizations (TLOs) with a worldwide membership that were created by national union organizations to represent their interests internationally. I contend that Global Unions perform five interrelated functions for national unions. However, due to the inherent structural weaknesses of Global Unions, it is the national unions that, in fact, remain the critical force behind global labor. Therefore, I focus on the transnational activities of national unions. I identify three conditions that result in incentives for unions to choose strategies of labor transnationalism: the shrinking of national political opportunity structures, the increasing availability of international political opportunity structures, and the adoption of a social union or social movement unionism paradigm for union revitalization. Additionally, I identify three factors that inhibit labor transnationalism among national unions: diminishing resources, turf wars, and cultural barriers. I introduce the concept of complex labor transnationalism as an alternative approach to the more limited traditional practice of labor transnationalism. I disaggregate the activities associated with complex labor transnationalism into six types: communicative transnationalism, political transnationalism, steward transnationalism, protest transnationalism, collaborative transnationalism, and steward transnationalism. Furthermore, I conduct a case study on the state of labor transnationalism in the United States concluding that while most unions take a traditional approach towards labor transnationalism there is some evidence of complex labor transnationalism. Finally, I draw several conclusions about the role of global labor in international relations and outline three areas of potential growth.

Temple University – Theses

Advisors/Committee Members: Pollack, Mark A., Fioretos, Karl Orfeo, Deeg, Richard, Hochner, Arthur.

Subjects/Keywords: Political Science, International Law and Relations; Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations; complex labor transnationalism; global unions; international labor solidarity; labor transnationalism

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APA (6th Edition):

Rothermel, J. C. (2010). Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement. (Doctoral Dissertation). Temple University. Retrieved from http://digital.library.temple.edu/u?/p245801coll10,70450

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Rothermel, Jonathan Christopher. “Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement.” 2010. Doctoral Dissertation, Temple University. Accessed August 06, 2020. http://digital.library.temple.edu/u?/p245801coll10,70450.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Rothermel, Jonathan Christopher. “Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement.” 2010. Web. 06 Aug 2020.

Vancouver:

Rothermel JC. Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Temple University; 2010. [cited 2020 Aug 06]. Available from: http://digital.library.temple.edu/u?/p245801coll10,70450.

Council of Science Editors:

Rothermel JC. Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Temple University; 2010. Available from: http://digital.library.temple.edu/u?/p245801coll10,70450

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