Union rates outpaced by employment growth

Share of women quadruples between 1977 and 2003
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/28/2004

The image of a male, blue-collar worker no longer describes the typical Canadian unionized worker, according to a study by Statistics Canada.

In the 26-year period between 1977 and 2003, the share of women in the labour movement has quadrupled from 12 per cent to 48 per cent. Where only one in 10 working women belonged to a union in 1977, that number is three in 10 in 2003.

Among working men, the share of those unionized fell from 47 per cent to 31 per cent in the study period.