Community unionism and union renewal: building linkages between unions and community in Victoria, Australia

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Cockfield, Sandra, Rainnie, Al, Buttigieg, Donna and Jerrard, Marjorie (2009) Community unionism and union renewal: building linkages between unions and community in Victoria, Australia. Labor Studies Journal, 34 (4). pp. 461-484. ISSN 0160-449X (print) 1538-9758 (online)

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to identify various ways unions engage with communities and to understand the obstacles that confront union–community cooperation. Qualitative data was analyzed from multiple sources, including documentary evidence and interviews with union officials and community activists. We locate the debate on community unionism within the broader literature on union renewal and revitalization. In doing this we are able to explore the potential of different forms of union–community relationships to foster union renewal. The study reveals the diversity in relationships both within and across unions and the existence of coalitions operating at different levels within union organization. While the unions in this study were actively seeking to engage with the community, not all alliances were reflective of an inclusive social and political agenda which could constitute the basis for union renewal.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7900
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0160449X08324706
Official URL http://lsj.sagepub.com/content/34/4/461.abstract
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Keywords ResPubID21906. social justice, Australian unionism, Victorian, inclusive social agenda, union strategy, unions
Citations in Scopus 13 - View on Scopus
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