This Note illustrates how the current US labor scheme acts as an impediment to union organization of undocumented day laborers. While the market for these contingent workers grows, so too does the need for worker protection from abuses. However, unions face legal and structural barriers that prevent them from effectively organizing day laborers. Ultimately, these legal and structural barriers show that the US labor scheme as a whole is incapable of effectively responding to the needs of day laborers, and by extension, to the needs of a globalized, migrant workforce. My Note argues that by failing to adapt to changes brought on by globalization, our labor law cannot be harnessed to protect vulnerable day laborers. As they stand, our labor laws secure the place of day laborers in the shadows of our working society.
Paige Coomer, Organizing in the Shadows: Limits on Union Organization of Undocumented Day Laborers, 5 Ind. J.L. & Soc. Equality 145 (2017).