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Paths to Union Renewal


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List of Figures and Tables Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction Pradeep Kumar and Christopher Schenk Part I: Union Renewal and the State of Unions in Canada Chapter 1: Union Renewal and Organizational Change: A Review of the Literature Pradeep Kumar and Christopher Schenk Chapter 2: Rowing Against the Tide: The Struggle to Raise Union Density in a Hostile Environment Andrew Jackson Chapter 3: Innovation in Canadian Unions: Patterns, Causes and Consequences Pradeep Kumar and Gregor Murray Chapter 4: Women are Key to Union Renewal: Lessons from the Canadian Labour Movement Charlotte Yates Chapter 5: Globalization and Union Renewal: Perspectives from the Quebec Labour Movement Christian Levesque and Gregor Murray Part II: Case Studies on Union Renewal Chapter 6: The BCGEU: The Road to Renewal Gary Steeves Chapter 7: Union Renewal and CUPE Jane Stinson and Morna Ballantyne Chapter 8: Union Resistance and Union Renewal in the CAW David Robertson and Bill Murninghan Chapter 9: Rank-and-File Involvement in Policy-Making at the CEP Keith R. Newman Chapter 10: Mobilizing Young People: A Case Study of UFCW Canada Youth Programs and Initiatives Anna Liu and Christopher O'Halloran Chapter 11: Renewal from Different Directions: The Case of UNITE-HERE Local 75 Steven Tufts Chapter 12: Building Capacity for Global Action: Steelworkers' Humanity Fund Judith Marshall and Jorge Garcia-Orgales Part III: Unions and Community: Campaigns and Organizing Chapter 13: Community Unionism and Labour Movement Renewal: Organizing for Fair Employment Cynthia J. Cranford, Mary Gellatly, Deena Ladd, and Leah F. Vosko Chapter 14: The Workers' Organizing and Resource Centre in Winnipeg Geoff Bickerton and Catherine Stearns Chapter 15: A Community Coalition in Defense of Public Medicare Natalie Mehra Chapter 16: Organizing Call Centres: The Steelworkers' Experience Julie Guard, Jorge Garcia-Orgales, Mercedes Steedman, and D'Arcy Martin Part IV: Leadership Development and Education Chapter 17: Increasing Inter-Union Cooperation and Co-ordination: The BC Federation of Labour Organizing Institute John Weir Chapter 18: Union Education, Union Leadership and Union Renewal: The Role of PEL Johanna Weststar Index

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Union renewal is absolutely key to the future well-being of working people. The Canadian labour movement continues to grow because our unions are responding creatively to new challenges along numerous dimensions. The case studies in this important book provide important information and inspiration for all labour activists. -- Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress Unique among labour in advanced industrial countries, the Canadian labour movement has continued to experience modest growth over the last decade. Anyone interested in organizational change and labour will find this book a valuable study of how unions in Canada have continued to innovate and change. The diverse cases and experiences examined in this book hold valuable lessons for labour everywhere. -- Elaine Bernard, Labor Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

About the Author

Pradeep Kumar is Professor Emeritus and director of MIR program in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, Kingston. His books include From Uniformity to Divergence: Industrial Relations in Canada and the United States (IRC Press, 1993) and Unions and Workplace Change in Canada: Union Perceptions of Impacts, Responses and Support Systems (IRC Press, 1999). Christopher Schenk is a union activist, steward, chief steward, and union staff member. For the last 14 years he has served as the Research Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and industrial relations from the University of Toronto.


"The diverse cases and experiences examined in this book hold valuable lessons for labour everywhere." - Elaine Bernard, Harvard Law School

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