Post by Harald - Admin on May 14, 2013 11:32:26 GMT 1
How have unions responded to the growth of contingent work in sectors of the economy where the labor movement has little or no density? Here we want to consider the various big themes around the growing contingent workforce: agency-hire, part-time, temporary, subcontracted, self-employed, and home based work. What do models of organizing and bargaining look like?
¿Cómo han respondido los sindicatos al crecimiento del trabajo casual o temporal en los sectores de la economía donde el movimiento obrero tiene poca o nula densidad? Aquí quisiéramos considerar los diferentes temas principales en torno a la creciente fuerza de trabajo casual o temporal: la contratación por medio de agencias, el trabajo de medio tiempo, el trabajo temporal, la subcontratación, el auto-empleo, y el trabajo desde casa. ¿Cómo son los diferentes tipos de modelos de organización y negociación existentes?
Como os sindicatos responderam ao crescimento do trabalho eventual em setores da economia em que o movimento trabalhista tem pouca ou nenhuma penetração? Aqui queremos considerar os vários grandes temas a respeito da crescente força de trabalho esporádico: contratos via agência, em tempo parcial, temporário, subcontratos, auto-emprego e trabalho de casa. Como parecem os modelos de organização e negociação?
Despite important accomplishments in the public sector around organizing homecare workers, and in the private sector around janitors, US unions are still struggling to develop adequate models of organizing and bargaining for temporary workers, subcontracted workers and independent contractors in much of the private sector, particularly among workers in scattered sites and small employers. It is a daunting challenge made more difficult by outdated labor and employment laws (as well as immigration policies!) Despite the difficulties, there is a great deal of exciting experimentation going on.
Successes so far have come through a combination of worker organizing, direct action on employers, partnerships with state and federal labor standards enforcement agencies and political organizing for local and state public policy changes that have established living wages and paid sick days and made new forms of organization possible. At the risk of leaving things out, here are some examples...
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, with the help of union allies has done groundbreaking work in winning administrative and policy changes to raise wages and to provide access to healthcare for drivers, who are largely independent contractors.
There is exciting work under way among warehouse workers that is a partnership between Change to Win and worker centers but they are only at the very beginning stages of figuring out how temporary workers can establish lasting institutions while raising standards.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance in partnership with several unions is in the midst of an ambitious national campaign, Caring Across Generations, intended to create 2 million decent jobs in homecare.
Working with the dynamic Los Angeles labor and worker center movements, the AFL-CIO has catalyzed and supported a powerful campaign among "carwasheros". In Los Angeles, the workers are seeking to unionize through the Steelworkers, and in NY City, through the Retail Workers (RWDSU) an organization that has consistently experimented with partnerships with worker centers and community organizations to support low wage worker organizing.
In New York City, SEIU has supported exciting efforts by fast food workers to engage in collective action.
In several of the largest US cities, ROC-United is doing groundbreaking organizing among restaurant workers and winning unprecedented agreements that improve conditions and extend important protections and benefits to the workforce.
I have attached a few articles that may be of interest.
the Freelancers Union! has created a substantial organization for white collar freelancers, provided a host of important tools for them including a standard contract and pioneered a health plan in New York State. Visit their impressive website! www.freelancersunion.org/
Working America, the AFL-CIO's community affiliate with 3.2 million non-union members, which has been instrumental to electing progressive candidates and to public policy change, is now expanding to more states including Texas and North Carolina and moving to more directly support workplace activism.
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