Conflicting commitments : the politics of enforcing immigrant worker rights in San Jose and Houston / Shannon Gleeson

Author(s): Gleeson, Shannon, 1980-
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Subjects: Foreign workers--California--San Jose
Foreign workers--Texas--Houston
Foreign workers--Legal status, laws, etc.--California--San Jose
Foreign workers--Legal status, laws, etc.--Texas--Houston
Employee rights--California--San Jose
Employee rights--Texas--Houston
Illegal aliens--California--San Jose
Illegal aliens--Texas--Houston
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Ithaca, N.Y. : ILR Press, 2012
LC Classification: H, HD
Physical Description: xvi, 272 p. ; 24 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2012024641
ISBN: 9780801451218 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0801451213 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780801478147 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0801478146 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-261) and index
Contents: Work in postindustrial America -- Implementing the legal rights of undocumented workers -- Place matters : how local governments enforce immigrant worker rights -- Beyond government : how civil society serves, organizes and advocates for immigrant workers -- Advocating across borders : consular strategies for protecting Mexican immigrant workers -- Conclusion : making rights real for immigrant workers
Summary: "In Conflicting Commitments, Shannon Gleeson goes beyond the debate over federal immigration policy to examine the complicated terrain of immigrant worker rights. Federal law requires that basic labor standards apply to all workers, yet this principle clashes with increasingly restrictive immigration laws and creates a confusing bureaucratic terrain for local policymakers and labor advocates. Gleeson examines this issue in two of the largest immigrant gateways in the country: San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas. Conflicting Commitments reveals two cities with very different approaches to addressing the exploitation of immigrant workers--both involving the strategic coordination of a range of bureaucratic brokers, but in strikingly different ways. Drawing on the real life accounts of ordinary workers, federal, state, and local government officials, community organizers, and consular staff, Gleeson argues that local political contexts matter for protecting undocumented workers in particular. Providing a rich description of the bureaucratic minefields of labor law, and the explosive politics of immigrant rights, Gleeson shows how the lessons learned from San Jose and Houston can inform models for upholding labor and human rights in the United States"--Publisher's Web site
OCLC Number: 794706151
ISBN/ISSN: 9780801451218
0801451213
9780801478147
0801478146