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In the Interest of OthersOrganizations and Social Activism$
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John S. Ahlquist and Margaret Levi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158563

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158563.001.0001

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An Injury to Anyone Is an Injury to All

An Injury to Anyone Is an Injury to All

(p.79) Chapter 4 An Injury to Anyone Is an Injury to All
In the Interest of Others

John S. Ahlquist

Margaret Levi

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on two more politically committed unions, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF). It identifies the pivotal historical moments and leaders in these organizations and discusses their attitudes toward the appropriate scope of union activity and the type of rents they hoped to secure in exchange for taking up the costly and risky task of leading a labor organization in the 1930s–1970s. The chapter also distinguishes the explicit set of organizational principles that formalize these beliefs about union scope of action and shows how the organizational governance institutions are consistent with both the stated principles and the form of the leader's rents studied in the previous section.

Keywords:   International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Waterside Workers' Federation, union activity, labor organization, organization governance

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