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Union Contributions to Labor Welfare Policy and Practice

Past, Present and Future, 1st Edition

Edited by Paul A. Kurzman, R.Paul Maiden


304 pages

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This book focuses on the contributions of organized labor in the development and evolution of workplace human services in America and eight countries around the world. Beginning with an overview of labor-sponsored social service programs, it showcases the achievements by major trade unions in the arena of human services, from inception to present.

The textbook concludes with a summary chapter which conceptualizes and summarizes current achievements and forecasts the future role of the labor movement in the delivery of workplace human services in the United States and abroad. It will be of use to those involved in the labor movement as well as practitioners in the fields of social work, human services, and labor and industrial relations.

This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.

Table of Contents

Part 1 – Labor and Social Work

Introduction: R. Paul Maiden

1. Labor-Social Work Collaboration: Current and Historical Perspectives Paul A. Kurzman (Hunter College, CUNY)

2. Unionization: A Necessary Strategy to Arrest Professional Decline Howard Karger and Bob Lonne (University of Queensland)

Part 2 - Labor Welfare in the United States

3. Joint Labor-Management Programs in the Auto Industry and the Shaping of Human Services Lawrence S. Root and Kenneth K. Dickinson (University of Michigan) & (Ford-United Auto Workers Coalition)

4. Connecting Trade Unions to the Community: Promoting Employment for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions Sheila H. Akabas and Lauren B. Gates (Columbia University)

5. The Impact of Legal and Social Services on Union Members When Sponsored by Their Union Sheila Menashe and Joseph Tronolone (DC-37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO)

6. Community-Labor Coalitions for Progressive Change Louise Simmons and Scott Harding (University of Connecticut)

7. Organized Labor’s Contribution to the Human Services: Lessons from the Past and Strategies for the Future Jessica Rosenberg (Long Island University)

8. Unions’ Responsiveness to the Aging of the Workforce Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Joelle Sano and Christina Matz-Costa (Boston College)

Part 3 – International Labor Welfare

9. Labour Welfare in Canada: An Examination of Occupational Assistance Rick Csiernik (University of Western Ontario)

10. Labor Welfare in France: Social Work, Solidarity & Social Welfare Elizabeth A. Danto (Hunter College, CUNY)

11. Labour Welfare in Israel John Gal and David Bargal (Hebrew University)

12. Labor Welfare in South Africa Lourens Terblanche (University of Pretoria)

13. Labor Welfare in India Binoy Joseph, Joseph I. Injodey, and Raju Varghese (Rajagiri College) & (University of Maryland)

14. Labor Welfare in Japan: Social Change and Enterprise Unionism Tatsuru Akimoto and Yoichi Sonoda (Japan Women’s University) & (Tohoku Fukushi University)

15. Labor Welfare in South Korea Soochan Choi (Yonsei University)

16. Labor Welfare in Hong Kong: Its Context and Content Ming-sum Tsui and Jimmy KW Lui (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Part 4 - Conclusion

17. Labor Contributions to Workplace Human Services in America and Abroad R. Paul Maiden (University of Southern California)

18. The Emerging Role of Labor Services Paul A. Kurzman (Hunter College, CUNY)

About the Editors

Paul A. Kurzman is Professor of Social Work and Chair of the World of Work Specialization at the Hunter College School of Social Work and Professor of Social Welfare at the Graduate School & University Center of The City University of New York. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Teaching in Social Work and author of the recent 2008 entry on "Occupational Social Work" in the authoritative Encyclopedia of Social Work.

R. Paul Maiden is Vice Dean and Professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work and Editor of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. He is also a faculty member in the Work & Life concentration and has spearheaded the development of USC’s new MSW program in Military Social Work and Veterans Services. He has an extensive portfolio of domestic and international publications, presentations and consultations on a wide range of workplace human service issues.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Services