ERIC Number: ED372223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
A Job-Linked Literacy Program for SPC: Are We Talking about Worker Training, Work Reorganization, or More Equitable Workplaces?
Sarmiento, Tony; Schurman, Susan
Unions and employers currently operate in an environment that does not support investment in skill development. However, competitiveness demands that both work and the way workers are educated and trained be radically restructured. In high-performance workplaces, participatory labor-management approaches to job-linked basic skills development are necessary. The following are suggested union strategies in response to workplace redesign: (1) ask for a briefing on the company's business position; (2) assess management's plan for change; (3) insist that the plan be sufficiently comprehensive; and (4) ensure that any training is part of a broader education program. When faced with proposed workplace changes and corresponding training needs, unions should consider the following assumptions: (1) Is the change necessary to solve the problem? (2) Is a job-linked basic skills program the key to implementing the change? (3) Is the union or management more of an obstacle to worker training and skill development? (4) What labor relations reform is essential to work force development? and (5) Is competitiveness the compelling reason for worker education and training? To be successful, job-linked training must be worker centered, reflect an equal partnership between union and management, and be part of a comprehensive view of the future. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Work in America Inst., Scarsdale, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A