Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal

Unions, Equity, and the Path to Renewal

By: Janice R. Foley (editor), Patricia L. Baker (editor)Paperback

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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 demonstrates that equity within unions is not simply one possible solution - it is the path to union renewal. A distinguished group of union activists and equity scholars explore 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 authors discuss the types of changes needed to reposition organized labour as a central institution in workers' lives. This volume highlights the central role that equity issues should play in debates on union renewal. It is mandatory reading for anyone interested in the future of labour and unions in Canada and abroad.

About Author

Janice R. Foley is a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina. Patricia L. Baker was an associate professor of anthropology at Mount St. Vincent University. Contributors: Linda Briskin, Karen Brown, Miriam Edelson, Mary Margaret Fonow, Anne Forrest, Suzanne Franzway, Jan Kaine, Marie-Josee Legault, Anne McBride, Jane Parker, Barbara Pocock, Jeremy Waddington, Marie Clarke Walker, and Carol Wall


Introduction / Janice Foley Part 1: The Equity Struggle - Past and Future 1 Gendering Union Renewal: Women's Contributions to Labour Movement Revitalization / Jan Kainer 2 Too Bad, You Were Too Late Coming In! / Marie-Josee Legault Part 2: The Equity Struggle - Black Trade Unionists Speak Out 3 Confronting Racism in the Canadian Labour Movement: An Intergenerational Assessment / Miriam Edelson 4 Equity in Unions: Political Correctness or Necessity for Survival? / Carol Wall 5 Are We There Yet? The Struggle for Equity in Canadian Unions / Marie Clarke Walker Part 3: Equity, Solidarity, and Union Renewal 6 Bargaining for Economic Equality: A Path to Union Renewal, Then and Now / Anne Forrest 7 Developing a Conceptual Model of Equity Progress in Unions / Janice Foley 8 Cross-Constituency Organizing: A Vehicle for Union Renewal / Linda Briskin Part 4: International Perspectives on Equity and Union Renewal 9 Gender Politics in Australian Unions: Gender Equity Meets the Struggle for Union Survival / Barbara Pocock and Karen Brown 10 Sites for Renewal: Women's Activism in Male-Dominated Unions in Australia, Canada, and the United States / Mary Margaret Fonow and Suzanne Franzway 11 The Representation of Women and the Trade Union Merger Process / Anne McBride and Jeremy Waddington 12 Old Tracks, New Maps? The Meaning of Women's Groups for Trade Union Revival in Britain / Jane Parker Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774816816
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780774816816
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 0774816813

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