Built to Last: Preventing Coalition Breakdowns

Built to Last: Preventing Coalition Breakdowns

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My dissertation research focuses on a labor community coalition between the Service Employees International Union and key organizations in the Independent Living Movement in California in the 1990's. This coalition was initially successful but eventually damaged relationships and failed to extend Labor's vision. In order to understand what went wrong, I construct a typology of coalitions and place this coalition within that typology. My typology differentiates coalitions according to the way they are structured. Who controls a coalition's agenda, and the degree of investment in relationship building are important distinguishing features in the structure of a coalition. I argue that those differences have major effects, particularly with regard to the impact of labor community coalitions on labor's agenda, and on labor's ability to form effective labor community coalitions in the future. In other words, a coalition's structure is of vital importance in Social Movement Unionism. It is not simply a matter of forming a coalition around the right issue, or a matter of having the right partners; most importantly it is a matter of having the right structure.As Joan Leon recalls, aquot;He (Roberts) supported almost anybody in anything they wanted to do.aquot;100 In fact, from 1972 to 1975 many individuals who started out, as volunteers were able to get paid once their activities were funded by a grant.101 anbsp;...

Title:Built to Last: Preventing Coalition Breakdowns
Author:Lynn Inez May Rivas
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007


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