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Foundations and Current Issues in IR/HR (IRE 2001)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 2001, with research papers and assignments.

Books - Union Density and Union Renewal

CIRHR Selected Books - Union Renewal/Union Density/Anti-Unionism

Scholarly, Newspaper, Magazine Articles & Reports

      See the Tumblrwork&labour news&research for the latest on Right to Work

Foster, Jason (2017). Accidental Revitalization?  Looking at the Complex Realities of Union Renewal. Labor Studies Journal. 42(4), 322-344.

Tapia, M.,Ibsen, C.L. & Kochan, T.A. (2015).  Mapping the frontier of theory in industrial relations: the contested role of worker representation Socio-Economic Review. 13(1), 157–184.

Slinn, Sara (February 2014). Whither Wagner? Reconsidering Labor Law and Policy Reform. Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 98. Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 6

MacDonald, I. T. (2014). Towards neoliberal trade unionism: Decline, renewal and transformation in North American labour movements. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52(4), 725-752.

Broadbent Institute, Union Communities, Health Communities: the New Attack on Unions and its Threat to Shared Prosperity in Canada. April 2013. (22 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)

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

Other Resources

Websites

National Right to Work

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

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

Back to Work Legistlation

CBC's FAQ

Federal Back to Work Legislation

Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, March 2012: "Striking Out: The New Normal in Canadian Industrial Relations?" by Ian Lee (20 pages, PDF -- Includes history of strikes and back-to-work legislation in Canada)

Swimmer, G., Thompson, M., & Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.). (1995). Public sector collective bargaining in Canada: Beginning of the end or end of the beginning?. Kingston, Ont: IRC Press, Industrial Relations Centre, Queen's University.
(table: Back-to-work legislation in the public sector 1987-1993, p. 436 - unpublished data from Labour Canada)
 

Restrictive Laobour Laws Directory (by Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights)

This directory includes back to work legislation from 1982 to the present.

"Just Labour" (2013) journal article debate

  • Up Against the Wall: The Political Economy of the New Attack on the Canadian Labour Movement
    Andrew Jackson

    Abstract (HTML) | Full Article (PDF)

  • Up Against the Wall: The Political Economy of the New Attack on the Canadian Labour Movement: A Reply to Andrew Jackson
    Sam Gindin

    Full Article (PDF)

  • A New Union for Challenging Times: A Reply to Andrew Jackson
    Ken Lewenza

    Full Article (PDF)

  • Up Against the Wall: The Political Economy of the New Attack on the Canadian Labour Movement: A Reply to Andrew Jackson
    Maya Bhullar

    Full Article (PDF)

  • Dear Canadian Labour Movement: A Reply to Andrew Jackson
    Patricia Chong

    Full Article (PDF)