Low-Wage Workers and Organizing

TitleLow-Wage Workers and Organizing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVisser, Anne, and Cordero-Guzmán, Héctor R.
Pagination1 - 6
Date Published2015///
Keywordsethnicity, low-wage work, low-wage workers, organizing, race, union organizing

[Excerpt] Over the last forty years, changes in the structure and function of the labor market and the demographic composition of the labor force have reshaped patterns of economic opportunity in the United States. Changes in the structure of the economy and increasing globalization have facilitated the integration of capital, labor, production, and consumption markets, and systems of production and labor procurement are now characterized by global chains, corporate net-works, and transnational labor recruitment regimes. As global firms have increased in power, broader macro processes of outsourcing and subcontracting have induced trends in employment flexibility, resulting in the increased demand for temporary and contingent workers and a reliance on labor market intermediaries to supply and secure labor. These trends have occurred in connection to declining rates of union participation and density, the practical breakdown of labor protections, and the erosion of employment standards that are associated with increased labor market segmentation and growing economic inequality