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Trade Unionism and Union Renewal in Canada Feb. 3, 2011
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Discussion: Final Offer Is there a difference of interests between auto workers in Canada and workers in the United States? Why didn’t Owen Bieber, the President of the UAW, provide stronger support for Bob White’s efforts to win a contract that avoided the pay concessions that earlier had been agreed to in the contracts the UAW had negotiated, covering the US workforce of GM, Ford, and Chrysler? Do you approve of Bob White’s strategy as the Canadian negotiator?
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The Evolution of Canadian Trade Unions Early British tradesmen brought the traditions of British trade unions Widespread organization of skilled labor during the 1840s-1850s US based international unions became dominant since the 1860s (most in construction and transport, craft based unions) Before 1960, Canadian unions were very similar to American unions in terms of union density and focus (i.e. blue collar workers in the private sector) Since 1960, Canadian union density increased and then became relatively stable; public sector became the major source of union growth Since the 1970s, many Canadian unions have broken away from the internationals
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Contemporary Canadian Trade Unions High union density in the public sector (about 75%)
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