Bargaining Basic Skills (2000)

What Unions Should Know About Negotiating Worker-Centred Literacy Programs

This handbook is designed to help unions negotiate literacy and basic skills programs for their members. It is intended for those unions just starting to consider the possibility of bargaining for a literacy program, as well as unions that already have language on training but are seeking to add a basic skills component. Bargaining Basic Skills is part of the Learning in Solidarity series of Canadian Labour Congress resources on various aspects of literacy and basic skills for unions.

This handbook is divided into five sections:
1. Six good reasons to bargain basic skills - why unions should become involved in bargaining basic skills.
2. Worker-centred learning - looks at the essence of a union program on basic skills.
3. Planning for bargaining - outlines the five stages in the bargaining process.
4. Basic skills and public education - examines how unions can partner with public education institutions.
5. Stories from the front lines - offers examples, success stories and model clauses.

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