Why Labour Unions Should Reform

Labour unions have served an important role during the past 200 years and secured many essential rights and benefits for the workers. However, towards the end of the 20th century, the workforce began to change dramatically while labour union laws did not. We see that especially in Canada and the US. Can labour unions reform to stay relevant in today’s workforce?

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https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/working-class-history

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https://spon.ca/9-times-canadas-labour-movement-made-history-and-shaped-the-country-we-live-in-today/2017/09/27/

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https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-630-x/11-630-x2015005-eng.htm

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https://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/09/07/time-to-rein-in-public-sector-unions/

“Canada’s Auto Sector has a future, but unions may not be part of it” by Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail, March 25, 2019
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-canadas-auto-sector-has-a-future-but-unions-may-not-be-part-of-it/

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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-state-of-the-union-movement-in-canada/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/magazine/the-2-26-17-issue.html


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