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1. Nastovski, Katherine Slavka. Towards Transformative Solidarities: Wars of Position in the Making of Labour Internationalism in Canada.

Degree: PhD, Social & Political Thought, 2017, York University

Within the broad debates about neoliberalism, neoliberal globalization and the declining power of unions in the Global North, there has been renewed interest in the possibilities of international and transnational labour solidarity, coordination and action. Drawing from Rebecca Johns (1998) distinction between transformative and accommodationist forms of international labour solidarity I argue that we need to critically assess how these practices challenge or reinforce global divisions of labour born of the historical development of capitalism. To this end, this study provides an analysis of the dialectical relationship between the dominant practices of labour internationalism that emerged within the organized labour movement in Canada during the Cold War. I examine both the challenges to and possibilities for building transformative forms of international labour solidarity today. Challenges include the philosophies of social partnership, racism, white supremacy and nationalism that informed the labour imperialism and accommodationist solidarities of the institutionalized internationalism in this period. I argue that the brand of social democratic anti-communism that characterized this institutionalized labour internationalism was shaped by the wars of position over worker justice happening on the national level and internationally between unions, but also by ideas of race and nation. I outline the lessons from these practices by focusing on four cases: Kenya, Southeast Asia, The Caribbean and Palestine. Finally, I assess the grassroots labour solidarity that re-emerged inside the labour movement with the rise of the New Left. I argue that the model of international solidarity they built, called worker-to-worker, arose from the goals and strategies of class struggle unionism and constitutes an example of transformative solidarity that can inform discussions about organizing international soldiarity today. Rooted in anti-racist Marxist feminist theory, my historical sociological analysis draws from both archival research and interviews with union leaders, activists and staff. I make sense of the solidarities that determined these practices by exploring the terrain of class consciousness in which they were formed. Situating my analysis within the social and political contours of class formation in Canada and internationally, I pay particular attention to how these practices of labour internationalism intersect with issues of race, gender, nation and class struggle, and how racialized and gendered class formation in Canada has influenced ideas of worker justice and responses to imperialism, colonialism and national borders. Advisors/Committee Members: Bannerji, Himani (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: International relations; Labour Internationalism; Labour Imperialism; Globalization; Sociology of Work and Labour; Race and Racism; International Solidarity

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APA (6th Edition):

Nastovski, K. S. (2017). Towards Transformative Solidarities: Wars of Position in the Making of Labour Internationalism in Canada. (Doctoral Dissertation). York University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33340

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Nastovski, Katherine Slavka. “Towards Transformative Solidarities: Wars of Position in the Making of Labour Internationalism in Canada.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, York University. Accessed August 08, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33340.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Nastovski, Katherine Slavka. “Towards Transformative Solidarities: Wars of Position in the Making of Labour Internationalism in Canada.” 2017. Web. 08 Aug 2020.

Vancouver:

Nastovski KS. Towards Transformative Solidarities: Wars of Position in the Making of Labour Internationalism in Canada. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. York University; 2017. [cited 2020 Aug 08]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33340.

Council of Science Editors:

Nastovski KS. Towards Transformative Solidarities: Wars of Position in the Making of Labour Internationalism in Canada. [Doctoral Dissertation]. York University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33340


Temple University

2. 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 08, 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. 08 Aug 2020.

Vancouver:

Rothermel JC. Solidarity Sometimes: Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Labor Movement. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Temple University; 2010. [cited 2020 Aug 08]. 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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