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Imagine weblogged union activists organizing a GlobalStrike? against international companies.

For example, Swoosh Corp. think they can get away with making trainers in secret sweatshops in the free trade zones of third world countries. These countries crack down on unions because Swoosh Corp. threaten to move to another country if they get too much trouble.

However, if union organizers were connected through weblogs, they could co-ordinate 1 day global strikes across all the factories working for Swoosh Corp. in the world. The result, Swoosh Corp. learn that they can run but they can't hide in any impoverished backwater. Unions are empowered as negotiators, and Swoosh Corp learn to be at least half decent employers.

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Ah, great to see that wiki continuing. :-) Will contribute if I have any relevant ideas -- PhilJones


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Interesting Phil, I was trying to get the [Labor Notes] conference in September to use a wiki for its planning, but maybe making some type of presentation on this subject at the conference would be in order. -- Best, MarkDilley

Mark, what happened when you tried this? A lot of the union sites I've seen have tended to follow the corporate brochureware tradition rather than take advantage of SocialSoftware. I notice [Labor Notes] doesn't seem to have any open discussion with it's readers. (Or even a "comments" section at the bottom of the stories.) Were they open to the suggestion? -- PhilJones

The person I was working with, moved on. So I don't have an in with the organization currently. But it is difficult to explain why they would want this. . . all union websites I have seen take on corporate stuctures. We, [geo] use a weblog in the last round of negotiations. Which was really effective. -- MarkDilley


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PaulGraham has an interesting theory of unions ( http://paulgraham.com/unions.html ) which suggests that they were essentially a result of a genuine shortage of labour rather than being a cartel to artificially increase the price of labour. I guess you could distinguish one from the other with some sufficiently sophisticated statistics.


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