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[Excerpt] Labor-community coalitions are not a new concept. Unions approach such coalitions now, as in the past, as one way to enhance their bargaining power with an employer. Such coalitions are temporary and often issue-based. In recent years, however, some local labor movements have begun to look at coalitions in a broader way – as a means of improving their public image and building power in the political arena. This broad-based approach requires the development of coalitions for the longer run, not just for temporary expediency. This paper develops the notion of a high road social infrastructure as a way to understand how union leaders develop and sustain coalitions over time and find the resources they need to succeed in shaping economic development priorities for the region.


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Greer, I., Byrd, B., & Fleron, L. J. (2007). Two paths to the high road: The dynamics of coalition building in Seattle and Buffalo. In L. Turner & D. B. Cornfield (Eds.), Labor in the new urban battlegrounds: Local solidarity in a global economy (pp. 111-128). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.