ERIC Number: ED028108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Paraprofessionals, Their Organization, and the Unions.
Gartner, Alan; Riessman, Frank
There are probably over 300,000 persons working as paraprofessionals now, most of them in public schools, health institutions, and the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). In the past year major strides have been made in organizing these human service workers to satisfy their concerns for better services, closer community ties, and new avenues of advancement. Representative of the trend was the formation of a National Association of New Careerists (growing out of the 1968 New Careers National Council) which now has participants in 22 cities. Such associations can work in harmony with present public service unions in education, health, welfare, and government employment. Minimum demands such as training, upgrading, and changing of testing requirements are not antithetical to traditional union positions, while such demands as participation, community involvement, change in the character of service, and rights of workers in a broader sense may require the new types of organization. Since it seems likely that demands by the new public employees unions will affect public service employees at all levels, union strategy should be planned so that benefits for paraprofessionals are not obtained at the expense of the older, higher groups. (Included are lists of typical paraprofessional demands and suggestions regarding union and association strategy.) (JS)
Descriptors: Career Development, Careers, Community Involvement, Employment Problems, Employment Qualifications, Human Services, Job Training, Labor Demands, Paraprofessional Personnel, Professional Associations, Professional Recognition, Unions
New Careers Development Center, New York Univ., Washington Square, New York, N.Y. 10003.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. New Careers Development Center.
Note: Social Policy, No. 3, Sept. 68.