[Review of the Book 'Unions and Workplace Change in Canada']
[Excerpt] Some leading unions in Canada are notable for the diversity of their responses to workplace change. These unions' policies and strategies, which range from the Steelworkers' (USWA) bold experiment in employee ownership and co-determination at Algoma Steel to the Autoworkers' (CAW) activist response to the pressures of the Japanese production and management systems at the CAMI auto plant, have produced significant variation in change processes and outcomes. This range of activity by Canadian unions in response to workplace change provides a fertile area for study by industrial relations researchers, as well as important challenges for policy makers and practitioners in Canada. While Unions and Workplace Change in Canada may not provide the last word for those interested in this subject, as a record of the current state of knowledge, it will supply a useful source of information and a starting point for future researchers.
labor unions; labor movement; Canada; industrial relations
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