This article will discuss the role that unions do play and the role that they can play in eliminating workplace harassment. First, the article will discuss the problem of harassment in the workplace, documenting its frequency and analyzing its forms. Section II will include an examination of harassment in the unionized workplace. Section III will propose a number of reasons that unions should take the lead in addressing workplace harassment, some focused on workers' rights and others on union selfinterest. Finally, in Section IV, the article will recommend several approaches for unions that desire to be in the vanguard of the movement to make the workplace welcoming and productive for all workers. This section will analyze the unique role that unions can play in overcoming the obstacles which have thus far prevented successful initiatives for eliminating workplace harassment.
Ann C. Hodges, Strategies for Combating Sexual Harassment: The Role of Labor Unions, 15 Texas J. Women & L. 183 (2006).