From Rights to Belonging: Diversity and Vitality in Public Sector Unions

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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
Stream: Organisations
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: From Rights to Belonging


Dr. Marguerite Cassin

Professor, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada

Dr. Cassin is a specialist in public sector management with interests in gender relations and career advancement. She has authored reports for governments, commissions and task forces on these and other matters as well as contributed to the scholarly literature on these topics.

Matthew Numer

Interdisciplinary PhD Student/ Research Assistant, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada

Matthew Numer is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Programme at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He holds a Masters of Education from California University of Pennsylvania with over seven years public and private teaching. His research interests are in health promotion and policy development. He currently works as a research associate in Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.

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