Worker consciousness-raising questions
October 1996

Consciousness-raising (CR) is a method for analyzing the common condition of a group of people, using their direct experiences as data. No bosses or managers participated in the worker CR because the point of consciousness-raising is to speak from experiences among the group in a less powerful position, in this case workers. If managers or bosses are in the room, being honest might cause negative repercussions.

Participants answered the following questions:

What do you like about your job? What do you not like about your job? What bothers you most about it? What would be the elements of your dream job?

What do you do for work? What do you want to do for work? What's stopping you?

Can you do a "good job" at your work? (Do the job right) What would it involve? If you can't, what's stopping you? Have you ever had a job where you could do a "good job"?

What would you like to see changed at your job? Is there a union where you work? Are you a member? Why or why not? (If there's a union) what's good about it? What's bad about it? What do you think of unions in general?

The worker consciousness-raising series was organized by members of Frontlash (the youth branch of the AFL-CIO), Gainesville Women's Liberation, and the Civic Media Center.

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