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From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement

Document type Book
Author Loreto, Nora
Publisher Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Ottawa
Date 2013
ISBN 9781771250
Pages xiii, 181 p.


This book seeks to explain unionization to my generation; to my friends who distrust civil society organizations as much as they distrust government; to my unemployed friends who are living from contract to contract and who would kill for a stable, unionized job; for the workers who have never had the benefit of being represented when facing injustice at work; for the workers who would rather not think of what would happen if they were injured on the job. It’s a reminder to unionized folks that many of the truths that they take for granted are not obvious to others and that the labour movement must change how it reaches out to its members, its communities and to non-unionized workers if it hopes to grow. It’s a call to action for activists to share their stories, debunk the existing right-wing, anti-union rhetoric, re-engage in their communities, and build a movement that can defeat neoliberal policies and their political proponents. --From author's introduction


Includes bibliographical references and index.

statement of responsibility: Nora Loreto.

Table of Contents: 1. What is a union? -- 2. Unions: debunking the lies -- 3. Unions: process and progress -- 4. Labour disputes -- 5. Unions, democracy and challenging government -- 6. Neoliberalism: dividing and conquering Canadians -- 7. Neoliberalism's attack on workers and citizens -- 8. The politics of budgeting, scandals and public sector spending -- 9. Profit hoarding, tax evasion and the crreation of useful crises -- 10. Civil unrest and attacks on citizen freedoms -- 11. Toward new ways of organizing.