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Employee Power, LEC #9

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University of Toronto Mississauga
John Kervin

1 SOC 227 WORK & OCCUPATIONS Session #10 EMPLOYEE POWER Topics: Ee Power Ee Ownership Key issues 1. Grass Roots Collectives Mondragón 2. Conversions Mohawk Valley Community Corporation Conclusion Readings: Ch. 6: 302-338 -> involves 5 sections: 1. technology, basically in the labour process -does todays workplace technology contribute to inequality? -subsection on Lensky: reduces inequality ->can increase inequality -> “technological determinism” pg 302 2. critique on new management approaches -> is it the management approaches that contribute to management- employee problems? -> TQM, total quality management -> read last part of section first, important 3. Health and safety -> wont be covered in test 4/5. Employee ownership ->can companies succeed when employees have more power or actually own the company Question of the week whats behind job losses? why do we see job losses? -> shrinking government is one reason ->globalization leads to job losses -> close a plant and move it to third world country means Canada does not have it -> information technology -> robots do all the work, automated work -> has a role to play -> globalization depends on IT, but globalization is not said to be the reason for loss of jobs Issue: employee-management conflict: what happens when we give employees more control and more autonomy 1 EMPLOYEE POWER Industrial democracy: help make decisions like “what is our company is going to do?” Minimal More substantial Most EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP Key Issues 1. How to manage the firm as a whole ->organizational governance ->someone has to make decisions about product lines, investments, what money company has is to make more money, who is our supplier going to be? etc. 2. How to organize the specific work the firm does -> technology decision making -> make decsion about investing in technology, work individuals or work teams? can employee owned frims be as efficeient? does it vanish? 2 kinds: 1. Grass Roots Collectives -> started from scratch ->“producer cooperatives” History -> started way back in 1700’s -> knights of labour involved in setting up ->predated unions 1 -> wanted work place to cooperate -> find lots of these in agrarian systems -> ex. farmers get together to sell products of farms together -> by mid 1950 many of these were springing up in North America, especially in service industry, printing shops and restaurants -> by 1979 there were well over 5000 memebrs -> often dissapear quickly, but there were a lot in canada and USA Members -> would involve young members, individuals in 20’s and 30’s -> no family responsibilities -> middle class people -> motivated by desire to revolt against authority, and revolt against establishment Org Culture 3 related components: 1. a lot of value attached to equality -> everyone shares in the reward equally -> divided work : no task was better than another task -> jobs rotated -> notion that everyone is the same -> EX. started a television repair company had paper work, which they were not good at, only good at fixing tv’s, decided to hire someone to do the book keeping, hired a woman to do this -> problem deciding if the female would get paid equally, ended up paying her less because they were the ones with the skills 2. is that authority is bad
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