29 Lab. Stud. J. i (2004-2005)

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Introduction


                      Steven Ashby andJill Kriesky

     Last April, Building a Strong Grass Roots Union Movement:
Member Mobilization, Political Action and Organizing was the focus of
presentations, papers, and community-based events at the 2003 United
Association for Labor Education (UALE) Conference in Miami, Florida.
Over the course of three days, labor educators and activists discussed and
debated strategies that can revitalize the union movement, starting from
the local- member level. This issue of the Labor Studies Journal features
four outstanding case studies from the conference. Each addresses the
roles of strategic campaigns in achieving the difficult but critical goals of
new-member organizing, collective bargaining, or broader social-policy
agendas. All of these articles highlight the contributions of local union
members to the campaigns, but especially emphasize coalition building
with allies inside and outside the labor movement.
     In the first article of this series, Robert Hickey analyzes multi-fac-
eted strategies launched by the Paper, Allied-Chemical and Energy Work-
ers International Union (PACE) in their five-year campaign to block
Crown Central Petroleum's union-busting and industry bargaining pat-
tern-busting strategies. Hickey adds to the growing case-study literature
by documenting the role of corporate research, international solidarity,
membership mobilization in communities, activities beyond plant-gate
picketing, and coalition-building.
     Two of Hickey's significant conclusions are echoed in other papers
in this volume. First, the success PACE workers achieved in this cam-
paign did not result from any one tactic; instead, pressure on multiple
leverage points produced a greater impact than any one action could have.
Second, Hickey concludes that the labor movement may achieve much
more in comprehensive campaigns if they extend themselves beyond fight-
ing defensively for union contracts to undertaking a full range of political,



LABOR STUDIES JOURNAL, Vol. 29, No, 1 (Spring 2004): i-iii. Published for the United Association
for Labor Education by the West Virginia University Press, P.O. Box 6295, West Virginia
University, Morgantown, WV 26506.  2004, West Virginia University Press.

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