The Steelworkers Union Goes Global

Source: Ruth Needleman, New Labor Forum, Vol. 17, Issue 2, Summer 2008

How will global unionism be built? While its importance is undeniable, its formation is a story yet to unfold. The United Steelworkers Union, the largest manufacturing union in North America, has launched a series of initiatives from grassroots exchanges to an upcoming merger that will join over three million workers from unions in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. All of these efforts carry strategic implications for labor’s future. Hopefully, each new form of global organizational solidarity can open a window on how unions around the world may come together to confront the power of transnational corporations.

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