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    25-27 October 2012 • International Conference

Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies

The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held an international conference on union futures, focusing on the innovations, strategies and changes implemented by local, national and transnational unions.

The conference was organized around two activities: 1) the Forum on Union Innovation, which took place on Friday the 26th of October and brought together trade unionists and university researchers; 2) two days, the 25th and 27th of October, during which more than one hundred leading international researchers prsented the results of their latest research on union strategies and innovations. The two activities gave rise to a conference spanning three full days, from Thursday the 25th to Saturday the 27th of October 2012.

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    6-8 June 2011 • International Conference

Multinational Companies, Global Value Chains and Social Regulation

HEC Montréal
Montreal, Canada

As part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held a major international conference on multinational companies, global value chains and the social regulation of work. The conference was held on the 6th, 7th and 8th June 2011 at HEC Montréal (Canada).

SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): 1 & 5


    16-18 June 2010 • International Conference

Employee Representation in the New World of Work: The Dynamics of Rights, Voice, Performance and Power

Université Laval
Quebec, Canada

The era of globalization and new information technologies has brought about significant changes in workplace configuration, workforce composition and expectations, and in the management of human resources as firms seek competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive environment. These changes pose considerable challenges to the traditional notions of employee representation, the core tenets of which were inspired in Canada under the Wagner Act exactly 75 years ago. The nature of these challenges was fully explored and debated at an international conference which was held at Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), from June 16th to 18th 2010.

Organized in collaboration with the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA), this conference focused on a number of key issues relating to employee representation in the new world of work, including: the relevance in today's workplace of the founding principles of different representative systems; how different types of employee representation regimes deal with issues facing the contemporary worker; the emerging models and actors for employee rights and representation; the kinds of public policy, actors, strategies, capabilities and research that are necessary to rethink employee representation in the contemporary workplace.

SSHRC-MCRI Theme(s): 3 & 4

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    24-26 May 2007 • International Conference

What Public Policies for Work in a Global Era?

HEC Montréal
Montréal, Canada

As part of its project 'Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in the Global Era', funded by the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2003-2007 grant), the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) held a major international Conference on public policies for work and employment in the era of globalization. This took place on the 24th, 25th and 26th of May 2007 at HEC Montréal.

Issues at the heart of the Conference included: public policies for work and employment and their socio-economic pertinence, institutions best able to define and apply them, the spaces (national or transnational) in where they should be developed and the role (and renewal of the role) played by social actors in their development and implementation.

Built around six plenary sessions and twenty-four workshops, this conference brought together over 130 international researchers and 320 participants.

SSHRC-MCRI Project(s): n/a

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    18-20 November 2004 • International Conference

Union Renewal: Assessing Innovations for Union Power in a Globalized Era

HEC Montréal
Montreal, Canada

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?

As part of its project on rethinking institutions for work and employment in a global era (2033-2007 Grant), under the auspices of the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT - Université de Montréal, Université Laval, HEC Montréal) invited both scholars and practitioners to an in-depth examination of union renewal. Organized in collaboration with a range of union partners in Quebec, Canada and abroad, this international conference brought together in Montreal, for three days (November 18, 19 and 20), a wide range of renowned experts and labour movement activists, staff and leaders (over 250).

A special invitation was issued to trade unionists so that they could make the most of this opportunity to discuss the challenges of renewal, within a context that fostered brain storming, learning and the sharing of experiences. Aside from the opening plenary (night of November 18th), the program’s activities was divided into two main parts: first, a Forum on Union Renewal and, then, a Study Day on Union Research.

SSHRC-MCRI Project(s): n/a
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