Youthful proposition from unions

Facing declining numbers, unions try for younger members
By Lorna Harris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2008

With the percentage of unionized workers falling in Canada — from 38 per cent in 1981 to barely more than 30 per cent in 2007, according to Statistics Canada — union organizers need new recruits. One potentially lucrative source is young people.

There are both challenges and opportunities in replenishing the ranks with young people, as union density among workers 17 to 24 has dropped precipitously — almost 50 per cent from 1981 to 2004 (from 26.4 per cent to 13.6 per cent, according to

Diverging Trends in Unionization