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A New Alliance in New York State: A Progress Report on the Labor Movement’s Restructuring, Capacity Building, and Programmatic Work
Articles & Chapters (2006)
  • Jeff Grabelsky, Cornell University
Abstract

The labor movement in New York State (NYS) has undergone a dramatic restructuring that is part of a national American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations program called the New Alliance. The purpose of the New Alliance is to build the capacity of local labor movements and to empower unions to help shape a region’s political and economic agenda. The restructuring in NYS led to the consolidation of twenty-five central labor councils into five area labor federations, each of which is developing the resources, staff, and leadership to help grow labor’s regional power across the state. This article describes the origins of the New Alliance, the nature of the restructuring process, the ways in which the capacity of local labor movements are expanding, the programmatic work the restructured central bodies have undertaken in the last five years, and the impact of the national split on local and regional central bodies across New York State.

Keywords
  • labor movement,
  • NYS,
  • New York,
  • CIO,
  • new alliance,
  • labor council,
  • federation,
  • resource,
  • staff,
  • leadership,
  • power,
  • work,
  • local,
  • regional
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Publication Date
November 13, 2006
Publisher Statement
Suggested Citation
Grabelsky, J. (2006). A new alliance in New York State: A progress report on the labor movement’s restructuring, capacity building, and programmatic work. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:
http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/articles/88/

Required Publisher Statement
Copyright by Blackwell Publishing. Final paper published as Grabelsky, J. (2007). A new alliance in New York State: A progress report on the labor movement’s restructuring, capacity building, and programmatic work. WorkingUSA, 10(1), 9-25.

Citation Information
Jeff Grabelsky. "A New Alliance in New York State: A Progress Report on the Labor Movement’s Restructuring, Capacity Building, and Programmatic Work" Articles & Chapters (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeffrey_grabelsky/2/