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University of Toronto St. George
Rotman Commerce
Stojanovic Dragan

CHAPTER 9 UNDERSTANDING LABOURMANAGEMENT RELATIONSWHY DO WORKERS UNIONIZE y Labour Union a group of individuals working together to achieve shared jobrelated goals such as higher pay shorter working hours more job security greater benefits or better working conditionsthe overall process of dealing with employees who are represented by a union y Labour Relations the process by which union leaders and managers negotiate specific terms y Collective Bargainingand conditions of employment for workers who are represented by unions y Labour movement was born with the Industrial Revolution y Workers were treated horribly before long hours no job security low pay no safety standards etc y Unions developed because they forced management to listen to the complaints of all their workers y Power of union comes from collective action THE DEVELOPMENT OF CANADIAN LABOUR UNIONS thy Earliest evidence of labour unions in Canada comes from the Maritime provinces early in the 19 Century y First Canadian national labour organization was formed in 1873 the Canadian Labour Union sty The growth of labour unions began early in the 21 Century as the concept of organized labour gradually came to be accepted UNIONISM TODAY y Unions in Canada today face both opportunities and potentially serious threats y This is evident when we look at trends in union membership trends in unionmanagement relations trends in bargaining perspectives and the future of unions Trends in Union Membership y During the last 40 years unions facing difficulties attracting new members y Less than onethird of Canadian workers belong to unions y Women are now an important part of the union movementrepresent about half of all union workers y Highest rates of unionization are in Newfoundland 377 and Quebec 375 y Lowest in Alberta 230 and New Brunswick 264 y Public sector is more heavily unionized than private sector 727 to 181 y Two factors help explain the difficulties that unions have faced in recent years
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