Trends in trade union renewal

Worker respect in non-union shops impediment to growth
By Lorna Harris
||Last Updated: 09/20/2007

The labour movement is dealing with declining membership in the face of globalization and is going to have to adapt to survive. At least that is the view expressed by one of experts quoted in a recent Conference Board of Canada

Industrial Relations Outlook

. Statistics over the last 15 years show a long slow decline in union membership; only 29.7 per cent of workers were union members as of June 2006. In the private sector union density has fallen to 17 per cent, while in the public sector, about 71.4 per cent of workers are members of a union.