Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy, and Unions

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 12, 2005 - Business & Economics - 265 pages
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Through case studies of newspaper carriers, rural route mail couriers, personal care workers, and freelance editors - four groups who have led pioneering efforts to organize - the authors provide a window into the ways political and economic conditions interact with class, ethnicity, and gender to shape the meaning and strategies of working men and women and show how these strategies have changed over time. They argue that the experiences of these workers demonstrate a pressing need to expand collective bargaining rights to include them.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Newspaper Distribution Workers and the Possibilities and Limits of Collective Bargaining
29
Rural Route Mail Couriers and Canada Post
56
The Challenges of Organizing PersonalCare Workers in Ontario
96
Freelance Editors Struggle for Collective Bargaining Rights
136
What Have We Learned?
171
Notes
193
References
233
Index
249
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Cynthia J. Cranford is assistant professor of sociology, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, economic restructuring, and labour organizing.
Judy Fudge, professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, is co-au

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