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The Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) is organizing an international conference on union futures, focusing on the innovations, strategies and changes implemented by local, national and transnational unions. The conference includes plenary sessions and more than forty workshops, many of which include simultaneous translation (French-English).

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

The Forum on Union Innovation will create a space for exchange between trade unionists on their respective experiences and their practices and strategies. A wide range of challenges will be discussed, including strategies for recruiting new members, the integration of young people and immigrants into the labour movement, the role of social media as a means of communicating with members, the particular challenges facing public sector unions, the effects of union mergers, trade union initiatives around investment and sustainable economic development, etc.

This activity relies on the financial support of major partners, including the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ), the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Syndicat des Métallos – District 5.

It also receives support from the National Union of Public and General Employee (NUPGE), the Conseil Provincial des Travailleurs et travailleuses unis de l’alimentation et du commerce (TUAC Québec), the Fédération de l’industrie manufacturière (FIM-CSN), the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN), the United Steelworkers - Canadian National Office (USW), Bâtirente, the Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS), the Centrale des syndicats démocratiques (CSD), the Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES) in France, the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada, as part of its Major Collaborative Research Initiatives program, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Sociétés et culture, though its Regroupements stratégiques program.

Coordinating Committee: Karine Drolet (CRIMT), Marie-Elen Dubé (CRIMT), Marc-Antonin Hennebert (HEC Montréal), Francine Jacques (CRIMT), Catherine Le Capitaine (Université Laval), Christian Lévesque (HEC Montréal), Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal), Claude Rioux (CRIMT), Nicolas Roby (CRIMT).

Scientific Committee:
Christian Dufour (CRIMT), Peter Fairbrother (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Jean-Noël Grenier (Université Laval), Larry Haiven (Saint Mary's University), Adelheid Hege (Institut de recherches économiques et sociales), Marc-Antonin Hennebert (HEC Montréal), Rob Hickey (Queen's University), Pradeep Kumar (Queen's University), Catherine Le Capitaine (Université Laval), Christian Lévesque (HEC Montréal), Lucie Morissette (HEC Montréal), Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal), David Peetz (Griffith University), Philippe Pochet (Institut syndical européen), Claude Rioux (CRIMT), Ian Robinson (University of Michigan), Nicolas Roby (CRIMT), Kim Voss (University of California, Berkeley), Charlotte Yates (McMaster University).