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Unionism in Canada and the United States in the 21st century: The prospects for revival

Document type Article
Author Rose, Joseph B.
Author Chaison, Gary N.
Journal Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations
Volume 56
Date 2001 Winter
ISSN 0034-379X
Pages 34-65


This paper consider the potential for union revival in Canada and the US. Although unions have devoted considerably energy and resources to new initiatives, the overall evidence leads to generally pessimistic conclusions. The level and direction of union density rates indicates the 2 labor movements lack the institutional frameworks and public policies to achieve sustained revival. Significant gains in union membership and density levels will require nothing less than a paradigm shift in the industrial relations systems - a broadening of the scope and depth of membership recruitment, workplace representation and political activities.