Trade Unions and Work-Life Rights: The Challenge of Work-Life Interface in a Union Environment

Trade Unions and Work-Life Rights: The Challenge of Work-Life Interface in a Union Environment

Trade Unions and Work-Life Rights: The Challenge of Work-Life Interface in a Union Environment

Trade Unions and Work-Life Rights: The Challenge of Work-Life Interface in a Union Environments

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Référence bibliographique [19427]

Tremblay, Diane-Gabrielle. 2016. «Trade Unions and Work-Life Rights: The Challenge of Work-Life Interface in a Union Environment ». Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, vol. 28, no 3, p. 171-187.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«Our research looks into the work-life practices of unions themselves, not those of companies where they are present, including issues such as working hours, work-family measures and demands on this issue of work-life or work-family rights of union employees.» (p. 173)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
The sample consists of 16 «staff [members] of a Canadian union. […] The union studied has some 300,000 members, divided almost equally between men and women and between the private and public sector. The organization represents about 4400 workplaces.» (p. 174)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«In summary, balancing work and family is a challenge in most contexts, but it is definitely more the case when you are a union worker, even if this is an organization which puts forward the importance for employers to respect workers’ rights with regards to the work-family issue. Although this union has in its collective agreement various measures and forms of leave to help its employees to better reconcile work and family, the strong organizational culture of commitment and activism still weighs heavily on the involvement and working hours which should characterize a ''good union worker'', and this makes it difficult or impossible to actually use these options. In the end, except maybe for office workers, when there are no urgent matters, there are no real rights to reduce or even have normal hours in order to respect family time.» (p. 184-185)