MAPs: Labor-based peer assistance in the workplace

Samuel B. Bacharach, Peter A. Bamberger, William J. Sonnenstuhl

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An offshoot of management-based Employee Assistance Programs, Member Assistance Programs (MAPs) are peer-based programs designed to help union members suffering from substance abuse and other personal problems. Although a relatively recent phenomenon, MAPs are rooted in traditional union principles of voluntarism and mutual aid. This article examines the emergence and growing popularity of MAPs, differences in MAP structure and orientation across unions, and the potential significance of MAPs to unions and industrial relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes


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