Sociology ETDs

Publication Date

1-30-2013

Abstract

Contemporary debates on immigrants and the labor movement focus on whether immigrant workers are joining and thereby revitalizing unions. But Somos un Pueblo Unido or Somos', an immigrant resource center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been using an obscure provision of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) less to boost union density than to develop an alternative to contract unionism. By helping non-unionized workers use Section 7 of the NLRA to act concertedly in their own defense, I argue, Somos is simultaneously combating employer abuse, in the short run, and demonstrating that immigrants may be transforming, rather than simply revitalizing, the US labor movement in the long run.

Degree Name

Sociology

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Sociology

First Advisor

Schrank, Andrew

First Committee Member (Chair)

Wood, Richard

Second Committee Member

Evans, Peter B.

Keywords

Foreign workers -- Labor unions -- Organizing -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe, Collective labor agreements -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe, United States -- National Labor Relations Act

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

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