Unions going after private service sectorLabour pushing to organize the unorganizedBy Charlotte Yates10/06/2003|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/17/2004 In 1999, for the first time in five decades, union density in Canada dipped below 30 per cent of the paid labour force. To arrest this membership decline, many unions came to conclusion that they had to place renewed emphasis on organizing the unorganized. They’re reaching out to women, youth and people of colour employed in the private service sector, where unions have had a weak presence. Between 1997 and 2000, union membership in Canada increased in a small but distinct set of occupations and sectors. These include finance, insurance, real estate and leasing, nursing, support staff, university teachers, retail, child care and home care, as well as construction. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.