Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

GCI Comparative Urbanisms Lecture Series


"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

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.

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