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The common and conflicting goals of labor and social work.
Any examination of the common and conflicting goals of labor and social work must inevitably be reduced to a fundamental question: Are unionism and professional social work compatible? A study addresses the historical background of social work unionization, the common goals of public-sector unions and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the negative and positive views of social work unionization, the reasons for anti-unionism, the position of NASW on collective bargaining, and the compatibility of labor unions and professional social work. The study concludes that although unionism and social work may be compatible, there remains a need for change and compromise on the part of both professional organizations and labor unions. Unions must address certain basic professional concerns, and the curriculum in schools of social work must include a focus on the nature of and the necessity for collective bargaining. (Journal abstract, edited.)