Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

GCI Comparative Urbanisms Lecture Series

Podcast

"Trajectories of Wal-Mart Site Fight Campaigns:
Making Sense of Regulatory Strategies from Below"

Virginia Parks
Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration
University of Chicago

Thursday, December 2, 2010
3-4:30pm

In response to growing wage inequality and stagnation of the federal minimum wage, social movement actors have organized around different regulatory “solutions” ranging from a variety of public living wage ordinances to privately negotiated community benefits agreements. In this seminar, Parks will use a comparative case study of community-labor economic justice campaigns initiated by Wal-Mart site disputes in Los Angeles and Chicago to explain the emergence of public and private regulatory innovations as organizing tactics to win collective benefits for union and non-union workers.

For more information about Dr. Parks: http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/faculty/v-parks.shtml

Great Cities Institute, Suite 400 CUPPA Hall
412 South Peoria, Chicago, IL 60607
For more info and to RSVP (appreciated): (312) 996-8874 or tmccoo2@uic.edu

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