IND 300 - W12 - Class_M4

IND 300 - W12 - Class_M4 - IND 300 Introduction to...

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1 IND 300 Introduction to Management Winter 2012 1 IND 300 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT Ch M4 The Structure of Canadian Unions • This section will address: – Introduction. – The local union. – Regional, national, and international unions. – Labour councils. – Provincial labour federations. 2 IND 300 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT – National labour federations. – Centralized labour federations. – International labour federations. Source: Wiley (2007)
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2 Introduction • The labour movement in Canada consists of a large and complex network of direct and indirect relationships relationships. • There are three levels of unions in Canada: – National labour federations (e.g. The Canadian Labour Congress). – Provincial/ territorial labour federations coordinate the labour – Labour councils are the coordinating body for union activity at the municipal or regional level. 3 IND 300 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT Source: Wiley (2007) The Local Union • The local union is the cornerstone of union structure. It is the first level of the structure of the Canadian labour movement. • A local union is created when workers at one or more work sites come together to form independent union or join an existing one. • Local unions can vary considerably in size. • The structure of the local union is designed to put the principles of participation and democracy into action. 4 IND 300 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGEMENT Source: Wiley (2007)
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3 THE LOCAL UNION Structure of the Local Union • The internal structure of Canadian unions is “only lightly regulated” by law. – The union is expected to operate in a manner that is free from discrimination and allows democratic participation. – Members elect a union executive to run the local union. – Shop stewards are the union members’ representatives in the workplace. – Larger unions often have a paid staff that includes a business agent. - The business agent may serve more than one local. - Usually plays a significant role in contract negotiations and grievance handling. - Often has a lot of responsibility and power. – Locals may also employ administrative or secretarial support
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