Is there a future for the Canadian labour movement?
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Is there a future for the Canadian labour movement? by Mary Lou Coates

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Published by Industrial Relations Centre, Queen"s University in Kingston, Ont .
Written in English



  • Canada.


  • Labor unions -- Canada.,
  • Labor movement -- Canada.,
  • Industrial relations -- Canada.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 13-14)

StatementMary Lou Coates.
SeriesCurrent issues series, Current issues series (Kingston, Ont.)
LC ClassificationsHD6524 .C6 1992
The Physical Object
Pagination14 p. :
Number of Pages14
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1332538M
ISBN 100888863209
LC Control Number92214192

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  The labour movement in Canada has been under tremendous pressure in recent years. Intense global competition, economic integration and restructuring, trade liberalization initiatives such as the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, rapid and pervasive technological change, the growing service economy and dramatic changes in the growth and composition of the workforce have ushered   Is There a Future for the Canadian Labour Movement? Mary Lou Coates. ISBN: ©, Industrial Relations Centre. The two divergent views on the future of the Canadian labour movement. 1 Introduction. At first glance, all seems well with the Canadian labour movement /    Mary Lou Coates, "Is there a future for the Canadian labour movement?" Bryan D. Palmer, "A tale of two provinces: The assault on the public sector in Quebec and British Columbia." Charlotte Yates, "The internal dynamics of union power: Explaining Canadian autoworkers' militancy in ~hkrahn/   Though the Canadian labour movement’s postwar political, economic and social achievements may have seemed like irrevocable contributions to human progress, they have proven to be anything but. Since the mids, labour’s political influence and capacity to defend, let alone extend, these gains has been seriously undermined by the strategies of both capitalist interests and the

  Canadian Dimension, "Beyond the impasse of Canadian labour: union renewal, political renewal,” by Sam Gindin "We are delighted to follow on the heels of May Day with a special issue on the future of the labour movement, State of the :// the labor movement. There is plenty the partisan political strategy of the Canadian labour movement. and clerical employment are not serious obstacles to the future prosperity of organized Canada’s labour movement has a long history of improving workers’ everyday lives. We fought for and won many of the rights enjoyed by all workers today – minimum wages, overtime pay, workplace safety standards, maternity and parental leave, vacation pay, and protection from discrimination and harassment. Today unions work hard every day to protect the rights we’ve won, and to win new   The labour movement was created by people standing up together for fair wages, safe workplaces and decent work hours. Many of the benefits and standards won for our members are enjoyed by all workers today, such as minimum wage, health and safety regulations, and overtime. (Canadian Labour Congress. )

Canadian labour’s position at the beginning of the First World War was weak in relation to employers. Labour reacted to the outbreak of war with enthusiasm, like the rest of Canada. The economic depression that racked the country in did not end until , as the war orders helped to bolster the Canadian economy. In response to conscription and a lack of workers’ rights, labour Here, the history of Canada’s labour movement offers us pertinent lessons. Long ago, in the early s, Canada had an established labour movement, but it looked different than our own OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are welcoming the inclusion of job-protected sick leave in the ‘Safe Restart’ agreement reached between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. “We were very glad to see sick leave specifically mentioned in this agreement,” said Canadian Labour   Many students in Canada will be heading back to school after Labour Day. But they might not spend much time talking about the history of Canada’s labour movement or their basic rights under existing labour laws – in much of Canada, this history has been glossed over or ignored, leading some academics to conclude “the Canadian worker has been a neglected figure in Canadian history.”