ERIC Number: ED381272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Working Families.
de Wolff, Alice
In recent years, Canadians have lived with government and corporate economic policies that have pushed down wages, intensified work, created high unemployment, eliminated some industrial sectors while creating others, increased part-time employment, and reduced government services. The consequences have destabilized the personal lives of most workers and brought about a crisis based on incompatibility between family lives and workplace demands. This book examines this tension between family life and work. The five chapters of this book are structured around workplace and collective bargaining solutions to these problems; each chapter includes a list of key resources and endnotes. Chapter 1 describes the dramatic changes in the relationship between employment and caring responsibilities, including a discussion of myths about family responsibilities and a "Working Family Workplace Checklist." Chapter 2 discusses various family leave options, such as parental leave, adoption leave, vacation, and family responsibility leave. Chapter 3 discusses flexible work schedules, job sharing, and working at home. Chapter 4 describes workplace services such as child care and elder care. Chapter 5, titled "Flexible Workplaces, Not Infinitely Flexible Workers: Bargaining and Lobbying Strategies," suggests strategies and recommendations for bargaining for working families. Two appendices provide an international comparison of women in the workforce and a discussion of family-related leave and benefits in Canada. (DR)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Rearing, Collective Bargaining, Comparative Analysis, Day Care, Developed Nations, Economic Factors, Economic Impact, Employed Parents, Employer Supported Day Care, Family Work Relationship, Fathers, Foreign Countries, Mothers, Parent Responsibility
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, 500 A Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y8, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Toronto.
Identifiers: Canada; Elder Care; Flexible Work Organization; Maternity Benefits; Parental Leave; Stress (Biological)