Unionization : a necessary strategy to arrest professional decline?

Karger, Howard & Lonne, Robert L. (2009) Unionization : a necessary strategy to arrest professional decline? Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 24(1&2), pp. 21-44.

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This article examines contemporary social work and why it is under serious threat, ideologically and economically, in a rapidly changing world that no longer highly values its social mandate, methods, and outcomes. Within this hostile environment we investigate the low salaries and high student debt that beginning social workers experience, which might otherwise drive them into unions. Instead, the profession resists unionization, preferring to remain focused on its ideals rather than the disquieting marketplace realities. We then examine the general elements of a hybrid union model that can assist social workers to organize and thus arrest their long-standing professional and fiscal decline.

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ID Code: 29313
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Changing Market, Social Work Unionization, Social Worker Salaries
DOI: 10.1080/15555240902848984
ISSN: 1555-5240
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2010 05:21
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:59

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