Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2022-05-16

The Effect of Multinational Institutions on Strike Activity in Canada

Document type Article
Author Budd, John W.
Journal Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Volume 47
Date 1994 04
ISSN 0019-7939
Pages 401-416


The author estimates the influence of foreign corporate ownership and international unionism on strike activity in Canadian manufacturing between 1965 and 1985, controlling for several other determinants of strike activity that were largely ignored in previous studies. He finds, contrary to the results of other studies, that the incidence and duration of strikes did not differ significantly between foreign-owned and domestically owned firms or between international and national unions. Strike incidence was significantly lower, however, among unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO than among unions affiliated with a Canadian federation.