You found the ideas and arguments in the books you read stimulating and interest

You found the ideas and arguments in the books you read stimulating and interesting; they broadened your horizon and posed questions that weren’t on your radar screen before. Yet, as a union activist, you wonder what you could do with these ideas in case of cuts or lay offs at your workplace or anywhere in your community. Would they help you to develop an effective fight back?
You take this question to a discussion group, “ Reinventing the Workers’ Movement,” that you and some of your fellow activists have started, and someone suggests that you find and write about a case where workers work collectively to solve a problem that they face. This case may be one drawn from your readings or one that you are familiar with from your own experience or have read about in a book or newspaper, or on a website.
In this assignment, you will write a research proposal for that paper. Your proposal will be approximately 1000 words long and will include a research question, an outline of your paper and a tentative bibliography.
When selecting a case to look at, ensure that you know and can explain in your eventual paper:
What problems are the workers in your case study facing?
What can they do to collectively solve these problems?
What can unions do to solve these problems?
Once you have selected a case, you will need to develop a clear research question that you will answer when you write your paper. The content and form of your research question is entirely up to you. Students commonly ask some version of:
What is the most effective way that X workers can collectively resolve Y problem? (Mine is What is the most effective way that OC Transpo workers can collectively resolve their scheduling problem?)
Provide a brief summary of the paper, including an outline of the major sections and key topics you will address. Also provide a bibliography that identifies the sources you plan to use and (very briefly) how each source will contribute to your paper.
You are expected to use as sources:
-all four books used in this course plus (which are: Camfield: Canadian Labour in Crisis, Leadbeater: Mining Town Crisis, Mason: Live Working or Die Fighting, Yates: Wisconsin Uprising)
-at least five other scholarly sources.
-as many other sources, such as newspaper articles, union websites, leaflets, as needed.
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My research question: What is the most effective way that OC Transpo workers can collectively resolve their scheduling problem?
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Extra information:
So for the research proposal, what I think is best is some combination of argument and point form outline.
The reason – when you do both, proposals are far clearer about exactly what is being argued. So writing out your initial intro paragraphs — that include a thesis statement and basic breakdown of your essay — is always the best way to do this.
The point form that follows – with details on major sections and supporting argument – then expands on this. A more developed conclusion – again which you write out – helps you (and me when I comment on the proposal) think through how your argument hangs together and builds to your conclusion.
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I have included what I have so far if that helps