Sheila Collins, Miriam Balmuth, and Priscilla Jean discuss a pioneering program in workplace literacy begun in 1988 by two cooperating trade union organizations in New York City. In this initiative, the unions were responding to the changing needs of their members in today's shifting labor market, which has made traditional literacy programs irrelevant to improving the lives of most of today's workers. The authors discuss new conceptions of literacy that inform this initiative; in particular, the shift in focus from "worker literacy"to "workplace literacy." They present four case studies of specific programs various trade unions have developed based on their members' particular needs and workplace settings. These programs illustrate principles of workplace literacy aimed at providing adult workers with the kind of education they need to advance in their jobs and to take greater control over their lives at work and in their communities.

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