Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal

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Trade unions in Canada are losing their traditional support base, and membership numbers could sink to US levels unless unions recapture their power. Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal brings together a distinguished group of union activists and equity scholars who trace how traditional union cultures, practices, and structures have eroded solidarity and activism and created an equity deficit in Canadian unions. Informed by a feminist vision of unions as instruments of social justice, the contributors argue ...

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Overview

Trade unions in Canada are losing their traditional support base, and membership numbers could sink to US levels unless unions recapture their power. Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal brings together a distinguished group of union activists and equity scholars who trace how traditional union cultures, practices, and structures have eroded solidarity and activism and created an equity deficit in Canadian unions. Informed by a feminist vision of unions as instruments of social justice, the contributors argue that equity within unions is not simply one possible path to union renewal—it is the only way to reposition organized labor as a central institution in workers' lives.

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Leah Vosko
This is an important book on a timely topic. It asks readers to consider pathways to renewal within the union movement as well as at its margins— contributors illustrate that internal dynamics are as important to scrutinize as external ones. In this way, it highlights the importance of history at the same time as mapping the evolution of core debates in two areas of inquiry— equity organizing and union renewal— that, despite their clear relationship, are rarely bridged. Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal will be of great interest to scholars and students of industrial relations, labour studies, political science, and women’s studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774816816
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice R. Foley is a professor of business administration at the University of Regina. Patricia L. Baker was an associate professor of anthropology at Mount St. Vincent University.

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Table of Contents

Figures and TablesAcknowledgmentsIntroduction / Janice Foley

Part 1: The Equity Struggle – Past and Future1. Gendering Union Renewal: Women’s Contributions to Labour Movement Revitalization / Jan Kainer2. Too Bad, You Were Too Late Coming In! / Marie-Josée Legault

Part 2: The Equity Struggle – Black Trade Unionists Speak Out3. Confronting Racism in the Canadian Labour Movement: An Intergenerational.Assessment / Miriam Edelson4. Equity in Unions: Political Correctness or Necessity for Survival? / Carol Wall5. Are We There Yet? The Struggle for Equity in Canadian Unions / Marie Clarke Walker

Part 3: Equity, Solidarity, and Union Renewal6. Bargaining for Economic Equality: A Path to Union Renewal, Then and Now / Anne Forrest7. Developing a Conceptual Model of Equity Progress in Unions / Janice Foley8. Cross-Constituency Organizing: A Vehicle for Union Renewal / Linda Briskin

Part 4: International Perspectives on Equity and Union Renewal9. Gender Politics in Australian Unions: Gender Equity Meets the Struggle for Union Survival / Barbara Pocock and Karen Brown10. Sites for Renewal: Women’s Activism in Male-Dominated Unions in Australia, Canada, and the United States / Mary Margaret Fonow and Suzanne Franzway11. The Representation of Women and the Trade Union Merger Process / Anne McBride and Jeremy Waddington12. Old Tracks, New Maps? The Meaning of Women’s Groups for Trade Union Revival in Britain / Jane Parker

List of ContributorsIndex

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