LABR 1F99 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Business Unionism, Collective Bargaining, Ableism
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Organizing for Social Jusce 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 jusce within unions and the labour
How do unions organize for social jusce 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 parcular interests
Social unionism: role of unions is to pursue broader social and polical reforms
which will serve the interests of all working ppl, not just union members
Polical acon to in&uence and change govnt policies
Alliances with community groups and social movements
Collecve bargaining priories re&ect broader interests
Job creaon through reducing work me
Social jusce funds (ex United way)
Polical and Community Acon:
Lobby government pro-worker legislaon (ex increase minimum wage)
Legal challenges to an-worker legislaon that impacts all workers (ex 60
hour work week)
Alliances with community groups and social movements (ex Ontario
health coalion; Ontario coalion for be4er child care; living wage campaigns;
green jobs)…community unionism
Organizing for social jusce within the labour movement
Women, ppl of colour, Aboriginal ppl, LGBTQ, and ppls who disabilies all face
pa4erns of exploitaons and marginalizaon 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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