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Canadian Union Strategies in the Context of Change

Document type Article
Author Kumar, Pradeep
Author Murray, Gregor
Journal Labor Studies Journal
Volume 26
Date 2002 01 01
ISSN 0160-449X, 1538-9758
Pages 1-28


Drawing on the results of a national survey of labor organizations in Canada, this paper focuses on the changing environment and strategic orientations of unions. It looks at the strategic dilemma facing Canadian unions on the basis of a reading of their organiza tional and bargaining priorities and their relative success in achiev ing them. Key results include the necessity of a strategic mix be tween traditional and new types of objectives as well as the impor tance of policy and the democratic dialogue that underpins that policy in achieving union objectives and pursuing union renewal.