Labour pains

Unionization rates may have stabilized, but can unions keep up with an ever-changing labour landscape?
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

What have you done — and more importantly — what have you done for me lately?

Those questions — posed at Canadian HR Reporter’s roundtable discussion by Elaine Newman, an arbitrator, mediator and instructor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. — were directed towards the universal union movement.

It’s no secret the labour movement has taken a slow, steady hit over the past 30 years. Unionization rates across the country have crumbled, settling in at less than 30 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.