Labor Unions and Community Unionism : A Comparative Study in China and the United States

Lijie WANG, Qian HE, Zining XIE, Chunhao MA

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Given that labor unions are united organizations of employees aiming to protect employees from unfair labor conditions and strive for their welfares, community unionisms simultaneously offer basic assistance of other part‐time employees or unemployed residents in the community. Both organizations endeavor to better social welfares for citizens, and we are interested in the similar and different benefit coverages among labor unions and communities. To study this question, we conduct various interviews of communities and unions in Mainland China to understand different beneficial systems for citizens and compare with the situations in the USA. This paper contributes to illustrate the difference of community unionism and labor unions in social special time (i.e., the COVID‐19 pandemic). This paper will be useful for those who are interested in the better protection of social welfares for citizens.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-380
JournalInternational Journal of Social Science and Education Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

This paper is supported by the "Student Leadership Research Project" of Lingnan University (Hong Kong). The authors, Wang Lijie and He Qian, of this article are from Lingnan University. Thank you very much for the great support provided by Lingnan University for this project. Secondly, I would like to thank the mentors of the two authors and the professors of the Graduate School of Lingnan University for their creative guidance for this article. Thanks also to Zi Ning, Qi Minghao and several interviewees for their work which provided important assistance to the completion of this article. Finally, thank our family for their care and love in writing our paper.


  • Labor unions
  • Community unionism
  • Comparative study
  • COVD-19


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