In many countries, union “organizing” means increasing the size and scope of individual unions and the union movement. Amid a generalized drop in union density, unions are pursuing many strategies to expand their reach to workers hitherto unrepresented. But is that all that “organizing” means? In order to reach and attract new members, don’t unions have to make significant changes to their culture and to the attitudes of their members? So “organizing” could also mean re-jigging the way unions relate to their members and if so, then unions will undergo considerable (in the words of one author) “labour pains.”
Capsules and vignettes from the Field
Author(s) Title Capsule
David PEETZ
(Griffith University)
Building an Organising Culture: some Australian Experiences PDF (108 K)
Chris SCHENK
(Ontario Federation of Labour)
Building a Union Culture: A Case Study of Hotel Workers PDF (76 K)
Isabelle RENAUD
(Syndicat des étudiant-e-s
employé-e-s de l’UQAM)
Mouvement syndical, nouvelles attentes, nouvelles méthodes. PDF (72 K)
Deborah BOURQUE
Geoff BICKERTON
(Canadian Union of Postal Workers)
Stepping out of the Legal Framework: Organizing Rural Route Couriers PDF (156 K)
Marc ZWELLING
(Vector Research)
How to unionize Wal-mart
(Straight Goods)
PDF (192 K) HTML
Ann FROST
(University of Western Ontario)
Summary of the workshops on organizing presented at the Colloquium on Union Renewal PDF (80 K)
Research Reports
Theme 1: Capacity-Building for Union Renewal
Author(s) Title Paper Abstract
Larry HAIVEN
(Saint-Mary’s University)
Union Renewal Through Alternative Forms Of Worker Organization – A Schema And Six Examples HTML
Jack FIORITO
Vickie COLEMAN GALLAGHER
(Florida State University)
Renewal in the United Faculty of Florida: Class War in Paradise? PDF (364 K) HTML
Ann-Marie J. LORDE
(National Union of Public Workers, Barbados)
Capacity Building - Distinguishing the Challenges, Augmenting the Caribbean Public Sector Trade Unions PDF (368 K) HTML
David CAMFIELD
(University of Manitoba)
Canadian Public Sector Unions: Neoliberal Challenges and Union Renewal HTML
John HOGAN
(University of Hertfordshire)
Andreja ZIVKOVIC
(University of Cambridge)
The Implications of Information Communication Technology for the Time-Space Dynamics of Collective Mobilisation: The Case of Post-Communist Balkan Labour HTML
Johanna WESTSTAR
University of Toronto
Union Education, Union Leadership and Union Renewal: A Study of Paid Education Leave PDF (228 K) HTML
Cynthia J. CRANFORD
(University of Toronto)
Mary GELLATLY
(Employment Standards Work Group)
Deena LADD
(Toronto Organising for Fair Employment)
Leah F. VOSKO
(York University)
Workers' Centres and Community Unionism: Organizing for Fair Employment in Toronto
HTML
Jonathan EATON
(University of Toronto)
Organizing and Union Renewal: What Determines Union Organizing Tactics?
PDF (760 K) HTML
Arthur SHOSTAK
(Drexel University)
Creating a Cyber Local: "Don't Mourn for me; Computerize!"
(New Labor Forum, Spring 2006)
PDF (160 K)
Theme 2: Rethinking Union Democracy
Author(s) Title Paper Abstract
John HOGAN
(University of Hertfordshire)
Andreja ZIVKOVIC
(University of Cambridge)
Fire Fighting in Cyber Space: An Exploration of Distributed Discourse and Labour Movement Strategy HTML
Brian PEAT
(Manchester Metropolitan University)
Union Renewal: Lessons from the UK Gas Industry PDF (332 K) HTML
Jeremy WADDINGTON
(University of Manchester, UK)
Why Do Members Leave?
The Importance of Retention to Trade Union Renewal
NOTE: DO NOT QUOTE
PDF (864 K) HTML