In the pursuit of flexibility, employers are seeking to re-regulate the labour market and the workplace through economic restructuring. The frontiers between organizations are being reconfigured through outsourcing, privatization, public-private partnerships, and the fragmentation and re-definition of bargaining units. As the larger coordinated structuresgive way to smaller, decentralized units, this raises significant challenges for for the right to organize and the ability to bargain collectively as well as for individual employers to do “better” for their employees. What is the range of unionresponses to such flexibility strategies and which are likely to be more effective?
Capsules and Vignettes from the Field
Author(s) Title Capsule
Guy BELLEMARE
Louise BRIAND
Anne-Renée GRAVEL
(
Université du Québec en Outaouais)
La négociation d’un «décret » gouvernemental. Le secteur des services de garde au Québec réinvente la négociation collective coordonnée PDF (92 K)
Nicole DeSÈVE
(
Centrale des syndicats du Québec)
Réponses syndicales au partenariat public-privé PDF (108 K)
George HEYMAN
(
B.C. Government and Service
Employees' Union)
Re-inventing Coordinated / Pattern Bargaining PDF (44 K)
Patrice JALETTE
(
Université de Montréal)
Réflexions sur les réactions syndicales à la sous-traitance PDF (56 K)
Lucie MORISSETTE
(HEC Montréal)
Summary of the workshops on economic restructuring presented at the Colloquium on Union Renewal PDF (92 K)
(French)
Research Reports
Theme 1: Work Relations and New Managerial Strategies
Author(s) Title Paper Abstract
Wayne LEWCHUK
Don WELLS
(
McMaster University)
Haven in a Heartless World: Labour-Management Cohesion in a Non-Unionized Auto Parts Company HTML
John GODARD
(
University of Manitoba)
Are 'Innovative' Work and HR Practices Good for Unions and, if so, Where, When, and How? Preliminary Findings from the WICWIE Surveys HTML
Corliss OLSON
(
University of Wisconsin)
Joint Training Increases Union Knowledge And Power PDF (232 K) HTML
Jorge CARRILLO
(
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte)
Television Industry in Mexico. Productive Chains, Labor Markets and Unions PDF (644 K)
(Spanish)
HTML
Lynn BUE
Geoff BICKERTON
(Canadian Union of Postal Workers)
The Role of Pilot Projects in Facilitating Changes in Work Organization in the Postal Sector: A Canadian Case Study PDF (268 K)
Theme 2: Comparative Union Strategies for Hard Times
Author(s) Titre Paper Abstract
Jean-Noël GRENIER
(Université Laval, Canada)
Local Unions and the Restructuring of Work within the Multinational Company: Internal Solidarity and Local Context HTML
Sylvie CONTREPOIS
(
GERS-CNRS)
Steve JEFFERYS
(
London Metropolitan University)
Le syndicalisme bancaire face aux enjeux de la mondialisation et des délocalisations en France et en Grande-Bretagne PDF (432 K)
(English)
PDF (364 K)
(French)
HTML
Amanda PYMAN
(Monash University)
Tactics in Transition: Opportunities for Union Renewal in Australia HTML
Léopold DOSSOU
(
Université d'Abomey-Calavi)
Les syndicats au Bénin face aux mutations économiques et politiques, 1990-2003 HTML