Laboring For Rights (Queer Politics Queer Theories)

Laboring For Rights (Queer Politics Queer Theories)

By: Gerald Hunt (author)Paperback

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How do unions around the world respond to issues raised by sexual minorities? Much as been written on labor's response to issues raised by women and racial minorities, but there has been little work done on labor's engagement with gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered. The original essays in this collection attempt to fill that void by bringing together a group of experts who examine labor's response to such issues as benefits for same-sex partners, anti-discrimination language in collective agreements, and education. Speaking from a variety of racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, and political views, the contributors bring their unique personal perspectives and scholarly approaches to this groundbreaking book. The chapters included in Laboring for Rights give a global vision to the increasingly important subject of equity in the workplace. They offer a much-needed look at labor's involvement with current international workplace conditions from such diverse countries as the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands, and South Africa, as well as parts of the South Pacific. Some of these countries have strong and progressive labor unions; some, like the U.S., have relatively weak labor organizations. But whatever the context, as these articles demonstrate, there seems to be a growing and in some instances prospering gay/lesbian labor alliance in many parts of the world.Laboring for Rights is a pioneering text in an important new area of labor study. It will engage readers interested in equality in the workplace, labor and organizational studies, gay and lesbian activism, and international, comparative studies.

About Author

Gerald Hunt is Associate Professor of Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior in the School of Business and Economics at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada.


CONTENTS "What Can Be Done? Sexual Diversity and Labor Unions in Perspective" -- Gerald Hunt "No Longer Outsiders: Labor's Response to Sexual Diversity in Canada" -- Gerald Hunt "Fighting It Out in Canadian Courts" -- Cynthia Petersen "A Short History of Gay and Lesbian Labor Activism in the United States" -- Christian Arthur Bain "Lesbian and Gay Caucuses in the United States Labor Movement" -- Miriam Frank "Domestic Partner Health Benefits: The Corporate Model vs. the Union Model" -- Desma Holcomb "The Limits to Union: Labor, Gays and Lesbians, and Marriage in Hawaii" -- Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller "Silence at Work: Trade Unions, Gender, and Sexual Diversity in the South Pacific" -- Jacqueline Leckie "Sexual Diversity and the Australian Labor Movement in Historical Perspective" -- Shane Ostenfeld "At a Turning Point: Organized Labor, Sexual Diversity, and the New South Africa" -- Mazibuko K. Jara, Naomi Webster, and Gerald Hunt "On the Fringes of the New Europe: Sexual Diversity Activism and the Labor Movement" -- David Rayside "Labor Unions and Sexual Diversity in Germany" -- Ron Holzhacker "British Trade Unions and Sexual Diversity: Survey Evidence Since the 1980s" -- Phil Greasley "Moving Forward in UNISON: Lesbian and Gay Self-Organization in Action" -- Fiona Colgan "Laboring for Rights in Global Perspective" -- Gerald Hunt

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781566397186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 302
  • ID: 9781566397186
  • ISBN10: 1566397189

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