From Rights to Belonging: Diversity and Vitality in Public Sector Unions
Starting with a critique of the literature and methods aimed at addressing diversity within union organisations, this presentation will offer a framework that re-conceptualizes diversity within public sector unions. Moving to an analysis of diversity as an embodied, lived experience will provide a method through which to adopt policies and practices to promote the welfare of all its members (Zanoni, 2004). The changing demographics of the Canadian workforce shifts the analysis of diversity from an add-on consideration to a central focus that is paramount to strategic planning and active membership engagement. Moreover, with the ever-changing political arena, public sector unions can further be seen as a stabilizing force that sets the standard for developing policies and programs aimed at created a more equitable workplace.
Zanoni, P. (2004). Re-conceptualizing diversity in the productive context: Implications for research and for trade union policy, IREC Conference 2004. Utrecht.
Keywords: Public Sector Unions, Diversity, Inclusion, Employee Relations
Dr. Marguerite Cassin
Professor, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University
Dr. Matthew Numer
Interdisciplinary PhD Student/ Research Assistant, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University