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Bibliography expanded and broadened to include greater emphasis on history and contemporary issues. Section added regarding joining a union.

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date: 26 March 2017

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This entry deals with the goals and tensions between professionalism and social work unionization. This entry addresses obstacles to the unionization of social workers, such as the mixed messages about unionization inherent in the National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics, the incipient antiunion sentiment within social work (which partly explains the dearth of social work strikes when compared with teachers' strikes), the impact of privatized social services on unionization, and the chilling effects of a business union perspective on professional issues that concern social workers. This entry calls for a fusion between union and professional concerns.

Keywords: bargaining, business unionism, privatized social services

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