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Revitalizing Union Representation through Labor Education Initiatives: A Close Examination of Two Trade Unions in Quebec

Document type Article
Author Dufour-Poirier, Mélanie
Author Laroche, Mélanie
Journal Labor Studies Journal
Volume 42
Date 2017 June
ISSN 0160-449X, 1538-9758
Pages 99-123


This article aims to explain whether and to what extent formal and informal labor education and training initiatives help increase union participation among young members. Between 2009 and 2014, twenty-two interviews were conducted with ten national union leaders and twelve young leaders in two trade union organizations operating in the public and private sectors in Quebec. To complement these data, fifty-three focus group discussions were held, involving more than four hundred thirty young members (under the age of thirty). Our results reveal the presence of three areas of tension associated with the internal functioning of these unions. They also point out some factors that may boost the participation of young workers, internally.