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A Discovery of Early Labor Organizations and the Women who Advocated Work–Life Balance: An Ethical Perspective

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  • Simone T. A. Phipps

    () (Middle Georgia State College)

  • Leon C. Prieto

    (Clayton State University)

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Abstract “Work–life balance” (WLB) is a relatively modern expression. However, there is no novelty in the core concept, as resistance to excessive incompatibility between work roles and personal roles has a history that predates contemporary struggles for a decline in unnecessary work–life conflict. The authors of this manuscript aim to convey a portion of this history by instilling, from an ethics perspective, an awareness of the efforts of early labor organizations, including labor unions, and a social organization that addressed labor issues. They will also communicate the resolve of key individuals, especially women, including labor leaders and activists, who contributed to labor reform and served as early proponents for WLB. In addition, implications and suggestions for practice and future inquiry will be provided.

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  • Simone T. A. Phipps & Leon C. Prieto, 2016. "A Discovery of Early Labor Organizations and the Women who Advocated Work–Life Balance: An Ethical Perspective," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 134(2), pages 249-261, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:134:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s10551-014-2428-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-014-2428-9
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