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ERIC Number: ED380695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Barriers to Union Participation. Local 459 Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.
Dowdell, Graham
A project explored and addressed the communication barriers to union participation of stewards and members of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). A questionnaire was developed and distributed to over 300 ACTWU members; 153 responded. Other commitments and communication skills were identified as key barriers to greater participation in the union. The English program courses were held at a plant that experienced a temporary layoff and at two side-by-side plants. Almost all members who signed up were speakers of English as a second language. Thirty-five needs assessment interviews were completed for the two courses; 28 participants were selected. With the exception of one Portuguese speaker, all learners were either Chinese or Vietnamese. A 35-hour communication skills course had 7 participants. The project showed that members demonstrated an interest in two alternative basic skills delivery models: an intensive day course for temporarily laid-off members and a course after work 2 days per week for employed members. Twenty-five members improved their basic English skills in three areas: participating in their union, performing their jobs, and everyday life. The project showed that unions have an essential role in helping their members access learner-centered communication skills training. (Appendixes include preliminary networking and research, questionnaire with response totals, and questionnaire respondents by first language group.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Literacy and Continuing Education Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada