Regardless of the workplace, country or continent, unions are facing the same refrain: globalization, flexiblization, deregulation, liberalization, privatization, individualization and so on. Traditional forms of action are being questioned; past gains have to be renegotiated; it is difficult for workers to make their voices heard.

How are unions responding to these many challenges? Can unions alter the balance of power? What kinds of innovation and what paths of renewal in order to ensure dignity at work?

This Website follows on a November 2004 international Colloquium on union renewal organized by the (CRIMT) Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work's project on rethinking institutions for work and employment in a global era. The site highlights one of the themes of a project financed by the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Why create this Website? We hope that it will stimulate the thinking of researchers, trade unionists and any other interested persons and help to identify key paths for union renewal and revitalization. We want to continue the thoughtful discussions that took place at the Union Renewal Colloquium and to make them accessible to a variety of communities.

We have grouped the contributions under five major themes examined during the Colloquium: 1) the challenges of economic restructuring, 2) unions and political action, 3) organizing into the union and organizing the union, 4) transforming the internal life of the union and 5) building alliances and coalitions. For each, you will find overview documents, thematic capsules and research papers. To access these many stimulating contributions, just select the PDF and HTML links beside the name of each author.

Finally, in order that this site really stimulates exchange and new thinking, you are invited to share your own union renewal experiences and analysis as well as articles, research reports and other relevant documentation. We will endeavour to put the most relevant on line, inasmuch as they contribute to the research objectives pursed by this project. Please send your contributions, with a short note on the theme, to nicolas.roby@umontreal.ca. In the meantime, enjoy these many stimulating contributions. Let the discussion begin!

Larry HAIVEN, Saint Mary's University
Christian LÉVESQUE, CRIMT Co-Director, HEC Montréal
Gregor MURRAY, CRIMT Director, Université de Montréal
Judith PAQUET, Université Laval
Nicolas ROBY, Webmaster/ Graphic design, Université de Montréal

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Edited books and special issues published in the wake of the Union Renewal Colloquium :
Paths to Union Renewal : Canadian Experiences
Broadview Press

Edited by :
Pradeep KUMAR & Christopher SCHENK

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pradeep KUMAR & Christopher SCHENK

Union Renewal and Organizational Change: A Review of the Literature
Pradeep KUMAR & Christopher SCHENK

Rowing Against the Tide: The Struggle to Raise Union Density in a Hostile Environment
Andrew JACKSON

Innovation in Canadian Unions: Patterns, Causes and Consequences
Pradeep KUMAR & Gregor MURRAY

Women are Key to Union Renewal: Lessons from the Canadian Labour Movement
Charlotte YATES

Globalization and Union Renewal: Perspectives from the Quebec Labour Movement
Christian LÉVESQUE & Gregor MURRAY

The BCGEU: The Road to Renewal
Gary STEEVES

Union Renewal and CUPE
Jane STINSON & Morna BALLANTYNE

Union Resistance and Union Renewal in the CAW
David ROBERTSON & Bill MURNINGHAN

Rank-and-File Involvement in Policy-Making at the CEP
Keith R. NEWMAN

Mobilizing Young People: A Case Study of UFCW Canada Youth Programs and Initiatives
Anna LIU & Christopher O’HALLORAN

Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75  Steven TUFTS

Building Capacity for Global Action: Steelworkers' Humanity Fund 
Judith MARSHALL & Jorge GARCIA-ORGALES

Community Unionism and Labour Movement Renewal: Organizing for Fair Employment
Cynthia J. CRANFORD, Mary GALLATLY, Deena LADD & Leah F. VOSKO

The Workers’ Organizing and Resource Centre in Winnipeg
Geoff BICKERTON & Catherine STEARNS          

A Community Coalition in Defense of Public Medicare 
Natalie MEHRA

Organizing Call Centres: The Steelworkers' Experience 
Julie GUARD, Jorge GARCIA-ORGALES, Mercedes STEEDMAN, & D’Arcy MARTIN

Increasing Inter-Union Cooperation and Co-ordination: The BC Federation of Labour Organizing Institute
John WEIR

Union Education, Union Leadership and Union Renewal: The Role of PEL 
Johanna WESTSTAR
Just Labour

Volume 6 & 7

Special section : Union Renewal: Assessing Innovations For Union Power In A Globalized Era

Guest Editors (CRIMT) :
Larry HAIVEN, Stéphane LeQUEUX, Christian LÉVESQUE & Gregor MURRAY

Introduction FR ENG
Larry HAIVEN, Stéphane LeQUEUX, Christian LÉVESQUE & Gregor MURRAY

The Global Union Research Network: A Potential For Incremental Innovation?
Verena SCHMIDT

Individualisation And Resistance At The Coal Face
David PEETZ And Georgina MURRAY

Capacity Building - Preparing Caribbean Public Sector Unions For An Economic Environment In Transition
Ann-Marie J. LORDE

Réponses syndicales à la sous-traitance
Patrice JALETTE

Les syndicats français pris dans le tourbillon de la négociation collective
Michel CATLLA

Can Joint Training Increase Union Knowledge And Power?
Corliss OLSON
Transfer

No.4/2005

Table of Contents

Issue coordinators :
Gregor MURRAY & Jeremy WADDINGTON

Papers

Summaries

Innovations for Union Renewal
ENG FR DE
Gregor MURRAY & Jeremy WADDINGTON

International Framework Agreements: Global Industrial Relations Between Rights and Bargaining
Nikolaus HAMMER

Building North-South International Union Alliances: Evidence From Mexico
Christian LEVESQUE & Mélanie DUFOUR-POIRIER

Trade Unionism Under Challenge From Offshoring and Globalisation
Sylvie CONTREPOIS & Steve JEFFERYS

New Protest Movements and the Revival of Labour Politics - A Critical Examination
Stéphane Le QUEUX

The Territorial Social Dialogue: Challenges and Prospects for the Trade Unions
Annette JOBERT

Unions as Social Capital: the Impact of Trade Union Youth Programmes on Young Workers' Political and Community Engagement
Nancy BROWN JOHNSON & Paul JARLEY

Segmented Labour, United Unions? How Unions in Canada Cope with Increased Diversity
Charlotte A. B. YATES
Labor Studies Journal

Volume 31, Number 3, Fall 2006

Articles

Guest Editors
Christian LÉVESQUE & Gregor MURRAY

How Unions Renew?  Paths to Union Renewal
Christian LÉVESQUE & Gregor
MURRAY

Why Do Members Leave?  The Importance of Retention to Trade Union Growth
Jeremy WADDINGTON

Renewal in the United Faculty of Florida:  Class War in Paradise?
Jack FIORITO & Vickie COLEMAN GALLAGHER

Local Unions and the Restructuring of Work within the Multinational Company: Internal Solidarity and Local Context
Jean-Noël GRENIER

Expanding the Union Zone:  Union Renewal through Alternative Forms of Worker Organization
Larry HAIVEN



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