Industrial and other unions have been increasingly professionalized. Paid, full-time officials carry out more and more ofthe “business” of the union, with less and less left to regular members. Is such a model sustainable? Can such unionsboth defend their members in a wide variety of workplaces and engage in more extensive recruitment efforts? Unions are facing increasing challenges to self-governance and internal democracy, be it in terms of renewing the role of delegates andstewards, coming to terms with the diversity of their membership and the values of new members such as youth, womenand visible minorities.
Capsules and Vignettes from the Field
Author(s) Title Capsule
Bernardo RANGEL
(SITIM-CTM)
Perspectivas y avances - CEFORMA PDF (1,5 Mb)
(Spanish)
Catherine Le CAPITAINE
(Université Laval)
Revitaliser la vie syndicale et la démocratie : le cas des professionnel(le)s PDF (92 K)
Chantale LAROUCHE
(Confédération des syndicats nationaux - CSN)
Summary of the workshops on the internal life of the union presented at the Colloquium on Union Renewal PDF (88 K)
(French)
Research Reports
Theme 1: Constructing Union Power in the Workplace
Author(s) Title Paper Abstract
Nancy BROWN JOHNSON
Paul JARLEY
(University of Kentucky)
Unions as Social Capital: The Impact of Trade Union Youth Programs on Young Workers’ Political Engagement and Participation HTML
Christian DUFOUR
Adelheid HEGE
(IRES)
L’ambiguïté de l’institutionnalisation : les délégués syndicaux en France HTML
Christian LÉVESQUE
(HEC Montréal)
Gregor MURRAY
(Université de Montréal)
Catherine Le CAPITAINE (Université Laval)
Building Union Power in Hard Times: Tools for Union Delegates HTML
David PEETZ
(Griffith University)
Union Delegates, Efficacy and Union Power at the Workplace: New Australian Evidence HTML
Melissa MOROZ
(University of Victoria)
Teaching Assistants, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Relations of Ruling: An Exploration of Collective Bargaining at the University of Victoria 2003-2004
(
Master's Thesis - deposited on a third party Website)
PDF (6 Mo) HTML
David ORFALD
(Public Service Alliance of Canada)
Learning to Change? : Union renewal and the challenge of intentional organizational change
(Master's Thesis - Carleton University)
PDF (521 K) HTML
Laurienne RING
(Davies/ Ring Consulting)
Exploring Leader Learning Needs at the Public Service Alliance of Canada
(Master's Thesis - Royal Roads University in Victoria)
PDF (616 K)
Theme 2: Creating Space for New Voices
Author(s) Title Paper Abstract
Adelle BLACKETT
(McGill University)
La négociation collective au service de l'égalité au travail: quelques défis contemporains HTML
Maximiliano NAGL GARCEZ
(Harvard Law School/
Brazilian Workers’ Party)
Human Rights in the Workplace and Labor Citizenship: New Paradigms for Labor and Employment Law in Brazil HTML
Judy HAIVEN
(Saint-Mary’s University, Canada)
Gerald HUNT
(Ryerson University, Canada)
Building Democracy: Unions’ Embrace of Diversity HTML