Paths to Union Renewal: Canadian Experiences
This book focuses on the efforts and progress of union revitalization and organizing, and documents the renewal initiatives undertaken by unions in Canada. Unions, separately or in coalition with other unions or social groups, have begun to re-examine the basis of their organization and activity in the face of a harsher economic and political climate. Signs of union renewal include increased rank-and-file participation in the life of the union, increased democratic decision-making, evidence of new horizontal union structures, the development of a worker-centred societal vision, and a new emphasis on organizing both internally and externally.
Paths to Union Renewal addresses a subject of considerable political and social importance about which there have been a number of debates. A key impetus for this re-examination has originated in the United States where decades-long union decline has engendered new ideas adopted by a number of unions and the national central labour body the AFL-CIO. This in turn has led to debates on renewal strategies in Western Europe and Anglo-Saxon countries from Britain to Australia.
Despite this, little detailed research of the processes, structures, and implications of union renewal has been undertaken across Canada. Paths to Union Renewal fills this gap by critically examining union renewal in a variety of unions, providing a basis for informed discussion and debate on the role and place of trade unions in contemporary society.
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Union renewal is absolutely key to the future well-being of working people. The Canadian labour movement continues to grow because our unions are responding creatively to new challenges along numerous dimensions. The case studies in this important book provide important information and inspiration for all labour activists.
Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress
Unique among labour in advanced industrial countries, the Canadian labour movement has continued to experience modest growth over the last decade. Anyone interested in organizational change and labour will find this book a valuable study of how unions in Canada have continued to innovate and change. The diverse cases and experiences examined in this book hold valuable lessons for labour everywhere.
Elaine Bernard, Labor Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
Pradeep Kumar is Professor Emeritus and director of MIR program in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, Kingston. His books include From Uniformity to Divergence: Industrial Relations in Canada and the United States (IRC Press, 1993) and Unions and Workplace Change in Canada: Union Perceptions of Impacts, Responses and Support Systems (IRC Press, 1999).
Christopher Schenk is a union activist, steward, chief steward, and union staff member. For the last 14 years he has served as the Research Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and industrial relations from the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
List of Figures and Tables
Pradeep Kumar and Christopher Schenk
Part I: Union Renewal and the State of Unions in Canada
Chapter 1: Union Renewal and Organizational Change: A Review of the Literature
Pradeep Kumar and Christopher Schenk
Chapter 2: Rowing Against the Tide: The Struggle to Raise Union Density in a Hostile Environment
Chapter 3: Innovation in Canadian Unions: Patterns, Causes and Consequences
Pradeep Kumar and Gregor Murray
Chapter 4: Women are Key to Union Renewal: Lessons from the Canadian Labour Movement
Chapter 5: Globalization and Union Renewal: Perspectives from the Quebec Labour Movement
Christian Levesque and Gregor Murray
Part II: Case Studies on Union Renewal
Chapter 6: The BCGEU: The Road to Renewal
Chapter 7: Union Renewal and CUPE
Jane Stinson and Morna Ballantyne
Chapter 8: Union Resistance and Union Renewal in the CAW
David Robertson and Bill Murninghan
Chapter 9: Rank-and-File Involvement in Policy-Making at the CEP
Keith R. Newman
Chapter 10: Mobilizing Young People: A Case Study of UFCW Canada Youth Programs and Initiatives
Anna Liu and Christopher O'Halloran
Chapter 11: Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75
Chapter 12: Building Capacity for Global Action: Steelworkers' Humanity Fund
Judith Marshall and Jorge Garcia-Orgales
Part III: Unions and Community: Campaigns and Organizing
Chapter 13: Community Unionism and Labour Movement Renewal: Organizing for Fair Employment
Cynthia J. Cranford, Mary Gellatly, Deena Ladd, and Leah F. Vosko
Chapter 14: The Workers' Organizing and Resource Centre in Winnipeg
Geoff Bickerton and Catherine Stearns
Chapter 15: A Community Coalition in Defense of Public Medicare
Chapter 16: Organizing Call Centres: The Steelworkers' Experience
Julie Guard, Jorge Garcia-Orgales, Mercedes Steedman, and D’Arcy Martin
Part IV: Leadership Development and Education
Chapter 17: Increasing Inter-Union Cooperation and Co-ordination: The BC Federation of Labour Organizing Institute
Chapter 18: Union Education, Union Leadership and Union Renewal: The Role of PEL
Subjects and Courses