Movements in Crisis: Employee Owned Businesses – A Strategy for Coalition Between Unions and Civil Rights Organizations

Leroy D. Clark, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law


The circumstances confronting blacks and ordinary workers today, as opposed to the early days of the labor and Civil Rights movements, are more ambiguous and freighted with elements of power distributions along class lines. The new environment makes strategy decisions, particularly those with a legal dimension, more difficult. It is, however, precisely because of that greater difficulty that the creative talents of legal scholars are needed to produce viable, achievable initiatives. It is in this spirit that the proposal is made herein for a coalition between the two movements around the development of worker-owned businesses.