Teacher unionism in changing times: is this the real “new unionism”?

Stevenson, Howard (2015) Teacher unionism in changing times: is this the real “new unionism”? Journal of School Choice, 9 (4). pp. 604-625. ISSN 1558-2167

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Abstract

This article provides a case study of union change in an environment in which radical school restructuring is taking place, and active strategies to weaken and marginalize organized teachers are being pursued by the state. The case study union is the National Union of Teachers in England. The article explores a number of different strategies open to teacher unions, utilizing a framework provided by Turner (2004). Drawing on data collected at a national level, and in three local authority areas, I argue that the National Union of Teachers’ response to the erosion of collective bargaining is best presented as an amalgam of strategies focused on workplace organizing, political campaigning, and coalition building. The data demonstrate considerable congruence between national and local strategies, although local data reveal considerable challenges in implementation and consequently considerable unevenness in local experiences.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social movement unionism, Teacher unions, Union change, Union organizing
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/15582159.2015.1080054
Depositing User: Norris, Hayley
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 10:56
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2017 22:43
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42949

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