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Contemporary Trade Unionism (IRE 1640)

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The Future of Unions: Stagnation, Decline, or Renewal?

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Two great Canadian unions, the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union voted to form a new union in October 2012 with a modern, inclusive approach to serve members better and participate more effectively in our workplaces and communities.

As the largest private sector union in Canada, Unifor advocates for and defend the rights of working people in more than 20 economic sectors and in communities across Canada.

Union Renewal/Union Density - Books Available Through U of T Libraries



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Union Renewal/Union Density - Selected Books in the CIRHR Library

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Selected Articles and Websites

For current union labour union membership data:  Canada. Labour program: Union Coverage in Canada, 2013

Labour Union Membership data, 2001 - 2011: Statistics Canada, Perspectives on Labour and Income (index): Topics of interest on labour and income: Annual Unionization statistics 2001 - 2011

Centre for Labour and Social Studies, July 2014: “The importance of the labour movement in tackling inequality,” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (16 pages, PDF)

ILO’s International Journal of Labour Research, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2014: “The world we need,” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett [this article begins on page 19] (160 pages, PDF)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, September 2012: “Unions in a Democratic Society: A Response to the Consultation Paper on the Renewal of Labour Legislation in Saskatchewan,” by Christopher Schenk (34 pages, PDF)

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights, March 27, 2013: Unions Matter: How the Ability of Labour Unions to Reduce Income Inequality and Influence Public Policy has been affected by Regressive Labour Laws (26 pages, PDF)

Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights

Labour Watch- an anti-union group who refer to themselves as "not anti-union, just pro-employee"

National Right to Work- United States website

The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations- 'Right to Work' for Less

Our Times, September-November 2012: "Time for Union Renewal," by Larry Katz

Our Times, October 2012: "Time for Union Renewal: Part 2," by Larry Katz