15:00 - 17:00 - Pre-colloquium Workshop on research methods and challenges

First Question

Has the fact that you do research on or with union organizations lead you to rethink your epistemological and methodological approaches? Please illustrate your thoughts with an example from your own research.

Initial Contributions:

Stéphane LeQUEUX (CRIMT, France)
Wayne LEWCHUK (McMaster University, Canada)
Karen MESSING (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

Second Question :

What should be, according to you, the research priorities and methodological approaches in order to develop a research agenda on union renewal?

Initial Contributions:

Adelheid HEGE (IRES, France)
Paul JARLEY (University of Kentucky, USA)

David PEETZ (Griffith University, Australia)
Jeremy WADDINGTON (University of Manchester/ETUI, UK/Belgium)

19:00 - 21:00 - Opening plenary session (Simultaneous translation)

Chair: Christian LÉVESQUE (HEC Montréal, Canada)

Presentation of Conference Themes : Larry HAIVEN (Saint-Mary’s University, Canada)

Plenary Theme: The Political Economy of Unions in a Global Era

Henri MASSÉ (President, FTQ, Canada)
Elaine BERNARD (Harvard University, USA)
Graciela BENSUSAN (UAM-X, Mexico)
Gregor MURRAY (Université de Montréal, Canada)

Note: The one-day Forum on Union Renewal will be structured around opening and closing plenary sessions and a series of five streams of workshops. Each of the five themes will have a morning workshop on one sub-theme and an afternoon workshop on another sub-theme. Lunch will be provided at mid-day and there will be a cocktail/social gathering at the end of the day.

9:00 - 10:00 - Opening plenary session (Simultaneous translation)

Chair: Larry HAIVEN (Saint-Mary’s University, Canada)

Plenary Theme: Union Renewal in Practice

Kate BRONFENBRENNER (Cornell University, USA)
Christian LÉVESQUE (HEC Montréal, Canada)
Charlotte YATES (McMaster University, Canada)

10:30 - 12:20 and 13:40 - 15:30 – Morning and Afternoon Workshops

Theme I: The Challenge of Economic Restructuring: Public and Private
(Simultaneous Translation)

I-A : Re-inventing Coordinated/Pattern Bargaining

Chair: Cliff ANDSTEIN (CLC, Canada)

George HEYMAN (President, BCGEU, Canada)
Jean LORTIE (Fédération du Commerce, CSN, Canada)
Judy FUDGE (York University, Canada)

I-B: Union Responses to contracting-out and public-private partnerships (PPP)

Chair: James CLANCY (President, NUPGE, Canada)

Patrice JALETTE (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Jane STINSON (CUPE, Canada)
Peter FAIRBROTHER (Cardiff University, UK)
Nicole DESÈVE (CSQ, Canada)

Theme II: Unions and Political Action
(linguistic facilitation for both French and English, but no simultaneous interpretation)

II-A : Building Union Imagination: Agendas, Ideologies and Values

Chair: Steve JEFFERYS (London Metropolitan University, UK)

Charles HECKSCHER (Rutgers University, USA)
Michel BLONDIN (FTQ, Canada)
Elaine BERNARD (Harvard University, USA)
Marc ZWELLING (Vector Research, Canada)

II-B : Unions and Political Parties

Chair: Émile VALLEE (FTQ, Canada)

Larry HAIVEN (Saint-Mary’s University, Canada)
Philippe POCHET (Observatoire Social Européen, Belgium)
David ROBERTSON (CAW, Canada)
Hassan YUSSUF (CLC, Canada)

Theme III: Organizing into the Union and Organizing the Union
(Mainly English with linguistic facilitation for other languages)

III-A : Building an Organizing Culture

Chair: Charlotte YATES (McMaster University, Canada)

Kate BRONFENBRENNER (Cornell University, États-Unis)
David PEETZ (Griffith University, Australia)
Chris SCHENK (Ontario Federation of Labour, Canada)

III-B : New Workers, New Expectations, New Methods?

Chair: Claude RIOUX (CSN, Canada)

Leah VOSKO (York University, Canada)
Guylaine VALLÉE (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Lise LAREAU (President, Canadian Media Guild/Communications Workers of America, Canada)
Isabelle RENAUD (Syndicat des étudiant(e)s-employé(e)s de l'UQAM, Canada)

Theme IV: Transforming the Internal Life of the Union
(Mainly French but with linguistic facilitation)

IV-A : Revitalizing Union Life and Democracy

Chair: Johanne FORTIER (FSE-CSQ, Canada)

Guy BILODEAU (CSN, Canada)
Adelheid HEGE (Institut de recherches économiques et sociales, France)
Renaud PAQUET (Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada)
Catherine LeCAPITAINE (Université Laval, Canada)

IV-B : Building Organizational Capacity through Union Education

Chair: Christian PAYEUR (CSQ, Canada)

André GENDRON (TCA, Canada)
France LAURENDEAU (FTQ, Canada)
D’Arcy MARTIN (Centre for the Study of Education and Work, OISE/ University of Toronto, Canada)
Bernardo RANGEL (SITIM-CTM, Mexico)

Theme V: Building Alliances and Coalitions
(Simultaneous translation)

V-A : Building Solidarity with Local Communities

Chair: Pradeep KUMAR (Queen’s University, Canada)

Marie-Danièle LAPOINTE (Syndicat des Métallos, Canada)
Stéphane LEQUEUX (CRIMT, France)
Jean ROBITAILLE (Chantier de l'économie sociale, Canada)
Ian ROBINSON (University of Michigan, USA)

V-B : Building International Solidarity

Chair: Christopher HUXLEY (Trent and Wayne State Universities, Canada/ USA)

Jean LAPOINTE (Syndicat des Métallos, Canada)
Christian DUFOUR (Institut de recherches économiques et sociales, France)
Alberto Jose ROBLES (Instituto del Mundo del Trabajo, Argentine)

16:00 - 17:45 - Plenary session (Simultaneous translation)

Chair: Gregor MURRAY (Université de Montréal, Canada)

Reports from Workshops and Roundtable Discussion

Claudette CARBONNEAU (Présidente, CSN, Canada)
Napoléon GOMEZ URRUTIA (Secretario General, Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Mexico)
Hassan YUSSUF (Secretary-Treasurer, CLC, Canada)

18:00 - 19:30 – Cocktail, Book Launches and World Premiere of David Peetz's "The Sound of Unions"

8:45 - 10:45

Workshops I

Workshop I-A

Union Renewal I: Rationale, Concepts et Experience

Président: Hassan YUSSUF (CLC-CTC, Canada)

• Pradeep KUMAR (Queen’s University, Canada) & Chris SCHENK (OFL, Canada)
Institutional and Conceptual Perspectives on Union Renewal
• Andrew JACKSON (CLC-CTC, Canada)
Canadian Unions’ Performance
• Gregor MURRAY (Université de Montréal, Canada) & Pradeep KUMAR (Queen’s University, Canada)
Changing Profile of Unions: Survey Evidence

Workshop I-B (Simultaneous Translation)

New Tools for the Social Regulation of Firms

Président: Claude RIOUX (CSN, Canada)

• Gilles L. BOURQUE & Daniel SIMARD (Fondaction-CSN, Canada)
Faire du capital un outil au service du travail : un point de vue syndical de la finance responsable
• Rob HILLIARD & Arlene WORTSMAN (Manitoba Centre for Labour Capital, Canada)
Building New Agendas: Controlling Labour’s Capital
• Éric LOISELET (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France) & Bernard SAINCY (CGT, France)
Le Comité Intersyndical de l'Epargne Salariale en France : une première tentative structurée de contrôle syndical de l'usage de l'argent des salariés, résultats et limites.
• Corinne GENDRON, Marie-France TURCOTTE, Emmanuelle CHAMPION & Gisèle BELEM (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Renouvellement du mouvement syndical: positionnement sur le débat de la responsabilité sociale de l'entreprise et nouvelles alliances avec la société civile

Workshop I-C

Work Relations and New Managerial Strategies

Chair : Jacques BÉLANGER (Université Laval, Canada)

• Wayne LEWCHUK & Don WELLS (McMaster University, Canada)
Haven in a Heartless World: Labour-Management Cohesion in a Non-Unionized Auto Parts Company
• John GODARD (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Are 'Innovative' Work and HR Practices Good for Unions and, if so, Where, When, and How? Preliminary Findings from the WICWIE Surveys
• Corliss OLSON (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Joint Training Increases Union Knowledge And Power
• Jorge CARRILLO (El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, México)
Television Industry in Mexico. Productive Chains, Labor Markets and Unions

Workshop I-D

Capacity-Building for Union Renewal

Chair : Ann FROST (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

• Larry HAIVEN (Saint-Mary’s University, Canada)
Union Renewal Through Alternative Forms Of Worker Organization – A Schema And Six Examples
• Jack FIORITO (Florida State University, USA)
Renewal in the United Faculty of Florida: Class War in Paradise?
• Ann-Marie J. LORDE (National Union of Public Workers, Barbados)
Capacity Building - Distinguishing the Challenges, Augmenting Caribbean Public Sector Unions
• David CAMFIELD (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Union Renewal in the Canadian Public Sector: Challenges, Prospects and Choices

Workshop I-E (Simultaneous Translation)

Rethinking Union Democracy

Chair : Charlotte YATES (McMaster University, Canada)

• Peter FAIRBROTHER (Cardiff University, UK)
Leaving the Future Behind: Questions for 21st Century Unionism
• John HOGAN (University of Hertfordshire, UK) & Andreja ZIVKOVIC (University of Cambridge, UK)
Fire Fighting in Cyber Space: An Exploration of Distributed Discourse and Labour Movement Strategy
• Brian PEAT (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Union Renewal: Lessons from the UK Gas Industry
• Jeremy WADDINGTON (University of Manchester, UK)
Leaving Trade Unions

11 : 15 - 13 : 00

Workshops II

Workshop II-A

Union Renewal II: Campaigns and Union Leadership Development Programs

Chair : Chris SCHENK (OFL, Canada)

• Julie GUARD (University of Manitoba, Canada), D'Arcy MARTIN, (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada), Jorge GARCIA-ORGALES (USWA, Canada) & Mercedes STEEDMAN (Laurentian University, Canada)
Canada’s Steel Union Responds to the New Economy: USWA Organizes Call Centres
• Natalie MEHRA (Ontario Health Coalition, Canada)
Union Renewal and Labour/ Community Organizing for Public Health Care
• Cynthia CRANFORD (University of Toronto, Canada), Mary GELLATLY (Employment Standards Work Group, Canada), Deena LADD (Workers’ Action Centre, Canada), Leah VOSKO (York University, Canada)
Worker Centres and Community Unionism: Organising for Fair Employment in Ontario
• Johanna WESTSTAR (Ontario Institute of Secondary Education and University of Toronto, Canada)
Union Education and Union Renewal: Lessons from CAW PEL program

Workshop II-B (Simultaneous Translation)

Constructing Union Power in the Workplace

Chair : Corliss OLSON (University of Wisconsin, USA)

• Nancy BROWN JOHNSON & Paul JARLEY (University of Kentucky, USA)
Unions as Social Capital: The Impact of Trade Union Youth Programs on Young Workers’ Political Engagement and Participation
• Christian DUFOUR & Adelheid HEGE (IRES, France)
L’ambiguïté de l’institutionnalisation : les délégués syndicaux en France
• Christian LÉVESQUE (HEC Montréal, Canada), Gregor MURRAY (Université de Montréal, Canada) & Catherine LeCAPITAINE (Université Laval, Canada)
Building Union Power in Hard Times: Tools for Union Delegates
• David PEETZ (Griffith University, Australia)
Union Delegates, Efficacy and Union Power at the Workplace: New Australian Evidence

Workshop II-C

Creating Space for New Voices

Chair : Michael McDERMOTT (Queen’s University, Canada)

• Adelle BLACKETT (McGill University, Canada)
La négociation collective au service de l'égalité au travail: quelques défis contemporains
• Maximiliano NAGL GARCEZ (Harvard Law School/Brazilian Workers’ Party, USA/Brasil)
Human Rights in theWorkplace and Labor Citizenship: New Paradigms for Labor and Employment Law in Brazil
• Judy HAIVEN (Saint-Mary’s University, Canada) & Gerald HUNT (Ryerson University, Canada)
Building Democracy: Unions’ Embrace of Diversity

Workshop II-D

Innovations for Occupying New Spaces

Chair : Gilles TRUDEAU (Université de Montréal, Canada)

• John HOGAN (University of Hertfordshire, UK) & Andreja ZIVKOVIC (University of Cambridge, UK)
The Implications of Information Communication Technology for the Time-Space Dynamics of Collective Mobilisation: The Case of Post-Communist Balkan Labour
• Verena SCHMIDT (ILO/ACTRAV, Genève)
The Global Union Research Network as a Potential Incremental Innovation?
• Ian ROBINSON (University of Michigan, USA)
Consumers with a Conscience: Is there a Mass Market Alternative to Sweatshops?
• Richard McINTYRE (University of Rhode Island, USA)
The New Factory Inspectors: Think Locally, Act Globally?

Workshop II-E (Simultaneous Translation)

New Sites for Bargaining Across Borders

Chair : Renée-Claude DROUIN (Université Laval, Canada)

• Reynald BOURQUE (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Le renouveau du syndicalisme international et les accords cadres internationaux
• Nikolaus HAMMER (University of Cardiff, UK)
International Framework Agreements: Global Union Federations and Value Chains
• William N. COOKE (Wayne State University, USA)
Exercising Power: Transnational Collective Bargaining in an Era of Corporate Globalization
• Maria BONNAFOUS-BOUCHER (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, France)
Les formes institutionnelles et non-institutionnelles du renouveau du syndicalisme français

13 : 00 - 14 : 15


14 : 15 - 16 : 45

Workshops III

Workshop III-A

Union Renewal III : Union Case Studies

Chair : Pradeep KUMAR (Queen’s University, Canada)

• Jane STINSON (CUPE, Canada)
Union Renewal in the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Union Renewal in the United Steelworkers of America
• Steven TUFTS (Trent University, Canada)
Union Renewal in the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees
• Anna LIU (UFCW, Canada)
Union Renewal in the United Food and Commercial Workers
• Keith NEWMAN (CEP, Canada)
Union Renewal in the Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union

Workshop III-B (Simultaneous Translation)

Comparative Union Strategies for Hard Times

Chair : David PEETZ (Griffith University, Australia)

• Graciela BENSUSAN (UAM-X, México) & Carlos GARCÍA (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México)
Negotiation and Labour Conflict in Volkswagon Mexico: Opportunities and Limits for Union Renewal
• Jean-Noël GRENIER (Université Laval, Canada)
Local Unions and the Reorganisation of Work within the Multinational Company: Internal Solidarity and Local Context
• Sylvie CONTREPOIS (GERS-CNRS, France) & Steve JEFFERYS (London Metropolitan University, UK)
Le syndicalisme bancaire face aux enjeux de la globalisation et des délocalisations en France et en Grande-Bretagne
• Amanda PYMAN (Monash University, Australia)
Tactics in Transition: Exploring Union Renewal in Australia
• Léopold DOSSOU (Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Bénin)
Les syndicats au Bénin face aux mutations économiques et politiques, 1990-2003

Workshop III-C

Models of Employment, Territory et New Methods for Union Action

Chair : Jean CHAREST (Université de Montréal, Canada)

• Michel CATLLA (Université de Toulouse, France)
La remise en cause des 35 heures en France. Les syndicats pris dans le tourbillon de la négociation collective
• Jean-Marc FONTAN & Juan-Luis KLEIN (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Les luttes pour l’emploi, contribution des syndicats locaux à la reconversion industrielle : les cas de Sorel-Tracy et du Sud-ouest de Montréal
• Annette JOBERT (IDHE-CNRS, Université Paris X, France)
Le dialogue social territorial : Enjeux et perspectives pour le syndicalisme français
• Vincent VAN SCHENDEL (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
L’intervention syndicale territoriale pour l’emploi au Québec : la construction d’un acteur territorial
• Rolande PINARD (Université de Montréal, Canada)
L'obsolescence du syndicalisme, analyse comparative et sociale-historique d'une inquiétante convergence

Workshop III-D

International Union Cooperation in the Americas

Chair : Marie-Ange MOREAU (Institut universitaire européen, Italia)

• Arnulfo ARTEAGA GARCÍA (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México) & Everardo FIMBRES OCANA (IMF, México)
The National Council of Metalworkers: From Fragmentation to Unity of Action?
• Mélanie DUFOUR-POIRIER & Christian LÉVESQUE (HEC Montréal, Canada)
Building Union Power Through International Alliances: A Case Study from Mexico
• Christopher HUXLEY (Trent and Wayne State Universities, Canada/USA)
Transnational Union Cooperation and Union Renewal: The Case of a Tri-National Network on Autowork in the Americas
• Alberto José ROBLES, Ruben CORTINA, Julio GODIO (World of Labor Institute, Argentina)
Union Renewal Trends Related With Union Activity at MERCOSUR

Workshop III-E (Simultaneous Translation)

Unions and Social Movements Beyond Borders

Chair : Philippe POCHET (Observatoire social européen, Belgique)

• Amanda TATTERSALL (University of Sydney, Australia)
Union-Community Coalitions and Community Unionism: Developing a Framework for the Role of Union-Community Relationships in Union Renewal
• Stéphane LeQUEUX (CRIMT, France)
Mouvements contestataires et syndicalisme : Australie et Canada dans l’œil du cyclone
• Thomas COLLOMBAT (Carleton University, Canada) & Mona-Josée GAGNON (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Tentative de conceptualisation des activités syndicales internationales à partir du cas québécois
Nouveau syndicalisme critique et démocratie directe : de la théorie à la pratique
• Guy BELLEMARE, A.-R. GRAVEL, L. BRIAND & A. VALLÉE (Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada)
Le syndicalisme de transformation sociale (social movement unionism). Voie de renouvellement des théories du syndicalisme ? Le cas des services de garde