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ERIC Number: ED153293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Relational Conflict between Members of Teacher's Unions and Community Members as a Result of Collective Action: Isolation and Resolution.
Rybacki, Donald Jay; Rybacki, Karyn Charles
An identity identification model may be used to isolate and understand the conflicts in communication that teacher's unions experience with the surrounding community when they strike. A union's identity is those attitudes held in common by the members; its identification is the attitudes toward it held by those in the surrounding community. During a strike, the previous patterns of identity identification are disrupted; community members who saw the teachers as neighbors jointly engaged in educating their children may now see them as unreasonable and greedy. After a strike, teachers may view themselves as no longer in servitude, while community members may view them with less respect for being "unprofessional." These identity identification discrepancies can be resolved if teachers' unions enact the following three suggestions: increase visibility in the community on an on-going basis so that the union is not heard of only during strikes; make more contacts with leaders of other community groups, turning their potential resistance into advocacy; and convey a clear, consistent, and factual message to the community. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 13-15, 1978)