Quality of Work Life in Labor Prespective

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Labor Research Review
Volume 1 | Number 7 New Tactics for Labor 1985 Article 2

Quality of Worklife from a Labor Perspective: A Review Essay on Inside the Circle
Ruth Needleman

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Quality of Worklife from a Labor Perspective: A Review Essay on Inside the Circle
Abstract

[Excerpt]Early union advocates of quality of worklife (QWL) programs envisioned a movement to reform the workplace and to re-educate management to recognize and reward workers for their
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What criteria, then, should unions use in deciding whether to participate in a QWL program? Can a union accurately measure an employer 's "sincerity" in urging cooperation? In committing itself and its members to QWL, what steps can a union take to protect and strengthen its own role? For unions, these are critical questions, and while rewards exist, the risks are even greater. These decisions are further complicated by the serious lack of labor-oriented resources or training materials. The vast quantity of QWL material in existence is either designed for management personnel or tor joint labor-management groups. Although many international unions have issued statements of principle, guidelines and checklists to assist locals in making decisions about QWL, no systematic study or training manual has been compiled with the express purpose of helping unions protect their interests within a QWL process. Inside the Circle: A Union Guide to QWL by Mike Parker represents an important breakthrough on this front. The book examines a variety of union experiences with QWL, detailing the problems and pitfalls in existing programs, while at the same time providing ideas and guidelines on how unions can participate to their own advantage. A union activist, Parker draws heavily on his background in QWL. Throughout the book, he analyzes the ideological assumptions and organizational
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