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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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Political Attitudes and Behavior among ILWU Members

Political Attitudes and Behavior among ILWU Members

(p.185) Chapter 7 Political Attitudes and Behavior among ILWU Members
In the Interest of Others

Amanda B. Clayton

Princeton University Press

This chapter illustrates an original survey of rank-and-file International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) members. It begins with a specific puzzle: though ILWU members clearly have benefited from increased international trade, the union has maintained a consistent stance opposing trade liberalization for several decades. Interviews with ILWU leaders show that the union's stance appears to be sincere, based on the belief that current international trade rules unfairly benefit multinational corporations while imposing costs on the workers and the environment in both rich and poor countries. The chapter finds that ILWU members are more likely to have strong political opinions; they are more likely to support trade restrictions; and they are more likely to engage in politics, including turning out to vote, protest, and donate to political causes.

Keywords:   ILWU members, international trade, trade liberalization, ILWU leaders, trade restrictions, political opinions, political causes, International Longshore and Warehouse Union

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