ERIC Number: ED336547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Myth #15: Management and Labor Agree on Literacy Goals.
Literacy Beat, v4 n3 Aug 1991
Labor unions hold a somewhat different view of "workplace literacy" efforts than company management often does. Unions believe that workplace literacy programs should be voluntary and involve more that just "work" skills. As in union education of the past, union programs focus on education of the whole worker for life, not just for work. Unions want employers to educate workers for high-skill, well-paid, permanent jobs, not for low-skill, subsistence-wage jobs. Unions also believe that literacy education is only one component of more productive work and that it needs to go hand-in-hand with having the right technologies and structuring jobs for better results. Several successful literacy education programs are being conducted by unions, often in cooperation with management. One of these programs, a collaboration between Ford and the United Auto Workers, uses a whole-language approach to reading and a similar approach to mathematics. Other successful programs provide videocassettes for home study by workers. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.