This paper explores the foundations of solidarity in the workplace and the challenges to building solidarity in the modern day workplace. The author identifies eight workplace trends that are increasing individual isolation and destroying workplace-based social networks. After comparing two models of social networks, the author suggests specific steps workers and unions can take to protect solidarity at work.
Richardson, Charley, "Working Alone: Protecting and Building Solidarity in the Workplace of the Future" (2010). Labor Resource Center Publications. 4.
The Future of Work Paper Series, Paper #5
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This topic was also explored in a "Thinking Big/Moving Forward" Seminar. To view the slideshow and hear audio from the presentation and discussions, please see the additional files available below.