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Lecture 13

LABR 1F99 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Business Unionism, Collective Bargaining, Ableism

Labour Studies
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Simon Black

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Organizing for Social Jusce Within Unions and Beyond the Workplace
What are unions?
Why do workers form unions?
What do they do?
What is their impact in the workplace and LM?
What is the history of the labour movement?
How do union members organize for social jusce within unions and the labour
How do unions organize for social jusce beyond the workplace?
Organizing beyond the workplace: what is the role of unions?
Do unions work in the interests of all working people?
Business unionism: role of unions is to pursue economic improvements for the
immediate membership and focus on defending their parcular interests
Social unionism: role of unions is to pursue broader social and polical reforms
which will serve the interests of all working ppl, not just union members
Polical acon to in&uence and change govnt policies
Alliances with community groups and social movements
Collecve bargaining priories re&ect broader interests
Social unionism:
Collecve bargaining
Job creaon through reducing work me
Educaonal leave
Social jusce funds (ex United way)
Polical and Community Acon:
Lobby government pro-worker legislaon (ex increase minimum wage)
Electoral polics
Legal challenges to an-worker legislaon that impacts all workers (ex 60
hour work week)
Alliances with community groups and social movements (ex Ontario
health coalion; Ontario coalion for be4er child care; living wage campaigns;
green jobs)…community unionism
Organizing for social jusce within the labour movement
Women, ppl of colour, Aboriginal ppl, LGBTQ, and ppls who disabilies all face
pa4erns of exploitaons and marginalizaon that are di9erent from that of white
Historically, the union movement has been uneven in its inclusion of di9erent types
of workers in its structure, policies and strategies
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