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Professionalization, Bureaucratization, and Unionization in Social Work

Ernie S. Lightman
Social Service Review
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Mar., 1982), pp. 130-143
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30011543
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Abstract

This study examines the perception within social work of incompatibility between professional status (implying a service norm) and unionization (reflecting selfinterest). Attitudinal data were collected through personal structured interviews with 121 randomly chosen professional social workers in Toronto. The vast majority saw no incompatibility; indeed, many felt unionization may facilitate service goals, offsetting workplace bureaucracy. Respondents also saw virtually no overlap between areas of greatest effectiveness for a union and professional association. Respondents' own priorities were highly congruent with an association's strengths. They believed a conventional trade union cotild best meet the priorities of "most social workers."

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