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Jonathan Graubart (2005), "’Politicizing’ a New Breed of ’Legalized’ Transnational Political Opportunity Structures : Labor Activists Uses of NAFTA’s Citizen-Petition Mechanism", Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, 26 : 97-150

15 février 2005

This article argues that the citizen-petition mechanism for labor disputes, established by the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation ("NAALC"), should not be abandoned despite waning enthusiasm. Graubart posits that although the NAALC process is quasi-judicial and produces no binding authority, it is a useful tool for transnational labor reform activists. Through a detailed analysis of the successes and pitfalls of past NAALC petitions involving labor disputes with Honeywell, General Electric, Sony, and other companies, the author explains how and under what conditions activists can use the NAALC petition process to strengthen their position in a dispute with the government. Additionally, he shows how the petition process can provide activists with a broader platform from which they can mobilize wider support for their cause which, in turn, puts greater pressure on their governments.

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