Social Inequalities and Labor Organizations Analytical Essay

Social Inequalities and Labor Organizations
A look at how social inequalities can affect labor markets and work organizations.
# 147088 | 1,230 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | CA
Published on Feb 20, 2011 in Labor Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how there are many forms and people who are affected by social inequalities and how theorists attempt to explain, and influence our perceptions of these inequalities through perspectives such as human capital theory complemented by social-mobility theory and labour market segmentation theory complemented by the dual economy theory. Through comparing each theory's relative strengths and weaknesses, the paper allows an assessment of the explanation's adequacy. This paper highlights the major social inequalities, those affected, and the theoretical perspectives on inequalities and highlights public policies believed to be the most effective to reduce inequalities.

Lessons: Diversity
Lessons from Politics
Lessons from Economics

From the Paper:

"Unions will have a difficult time increasing membership and worker solidarity during an economic struggle. Employers can attempt to change union loyalty by implementing welfarism provisions, as they did during the Winnipeg General Strike, like pensions and insurance plans, safety programs, and launching industrial councils to debate workers' issues and as an alternative to unions. These councils combined management and employee representatives but did not challenge managerial prerogatives. Employers hoped these measures would increase workers' loyalty and commitment to the firm and would undermine worker solidarity. The depression in late 1920 was more important than welfarism measures and many union locals dissolved, thereby reducing union membership and confidence, after hopeless strikes against drastic wage cuts. Workers became more vulnerable to victimization for their union principles and fearfulness, fatalism and cynicism crept back into working-class consciousness. (Heron, 2006, p. 52-54)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Heron, C. (1996). The Canadian Labour Movement. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, Publishers

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