Areas of expertise
American politics • Industrial relations • U.S. and international labor movements • Community and faith-based organizing • Civic and economic participation among the working poor
Janice Fine is a political scientist with an interest in new forms of economic and political organization among low-wage workers. Currently, Dr. Fine is working on a national study of immigrant worker centers and is writing a book on community-based worker organizing strategies. Fine has written for academic and popular publications on community organizing, the labor movement, and the influence of money in American politics. She has received fellowships from the Open Society Institute and the MIT Industrial Performance Center and h as taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In addition, Fine has worked as a community, labor, and electoral organizer for 23 years. From 1994 to 2002, she was the Organizing Director at Northeast Action, the hub of a regional network of statewide progressive electoral coalitions and citizen action groups across New York and New England. Fine also has written an extensive grassroots organizing curriculum and used it to train hundreds of community leaders and organizers.
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston
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February 2006 | An EPI/Cornell University Press book
Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream
by Janice Fine
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: Origins and characteristics of worker centers
Chapter 2: Putting worker centers in context
Chapter 3: Organizing at the intersection of ethnicity, race, gender, and class
Chapter 4: Delivering services on the front line
Chapter 5: Economic action organizing
Chapter 6: Relationships with unions
Chapter 7: Public policy enforcement and reform
Chapter 8: Immigrant rights and social justice
Chapter 9: The internal life of worker centers
Chapter 10: Networking, structures, and practices
Chapter 11: A holistic assessment of the worker center phenomenon
About the author
In the United States today, millions of workers, many of them new immigrants and people of color, are laboring on the very lowest rungs of metropolitan labor markets with weak prospects for improving the quality of their present positions or advancing to better jobs.
See also the February 2006 EPI/Cornell University Press book, Worker Centers—Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream.
Millions of immigrants, African Americans, and other people of color labor on the lowest rungs of metropolitan labor markets with limited prospects for improving the quality of their present positions or advancing to better jobs.
Opinion pieces and speeches by EPI staff and associates.
[ THIS PIECE FIRST APPEARED IN THE BOSTON GLOBE ON JANUARY 11, 2004.]
Bush plan’s three flaws
By Janice Fine
Undocumented workers are the dirty little secret of the American economy.