Roundtable Strategy Session I:
Innovative Models: Community-based organizations
One response of women to the need for collective action and the seeming indifference or hostility of union administrations to their concerns and problems has been to develop new types of organizations outside of existing union structures. All around the world, we see different types of community-based organizations taking up many of the issues traditionally seen as the province of unions. In some instances, such organizations ultimately have transformed themselves into formal unions; in other cases, they have remained independent of the union movement per se but have worked closely with unions in their fields. Finally, other groups have developed their own momentum without direct assistance from the established union movement. In all these different scenarios, though, community-based organizations often retain closer ties to women''s issues beyond the workplace itself and therefore exist as organizations more congenial to women.