ERIC Number: ED380695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Communication Barriers to Union Participation. Local 459 Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.
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)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Labor Education, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Union Members, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Literacy and Continuing Education Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada