Labor Unions in America and Canada Comparison Essay by Nicky

Labor Unions in America and Canada
A look at the decline in American union membership compared to Canada's growing unions.
# 146508 | 1,243 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2010 in Canadian Studies (Labor Studies) , Labor Studies (General)

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The paper provides a preliminary review of the literature on unions in America and Canada and then discusses three main reasons behind the decline in union membership in America. The paper discusses how many perceive American unions to have lost strength, and many employers make it difficult to join these unions. The paper also compares notions of freedom in the two countries and relates that Americans value their freedom while Canadians are less opposed to governmental or organizational control. The writer of this paper suggests that unions should make a comeback to provide oversight in the American financial industries.

Preliminary Review
The Analysis

From the Paper:

"The history of labor unions is long and strong in both of these countries. Unions initially formed to combat horrible working conditions that came about after the Industrial Revolution in the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Workers, including children, were exploited and abused by greedy and cruel owners and managers, all in the attempt to make a profit at all costs. Unions arose out of the desire to make the workplace safer, more equitable, and less exploitive, and at the time, they achieved their goals. They helped lead to shorter workweeks with weekends off, child-labor laws, minimum wages, and the payment of benefits such as health insurance, vacations, and pensions. Unions were necessary to control the avarice of companies that did not care, but today, many people feel unions are no longer viable, and that may be one reason unions have declined in the United States, while remaining stable and even growing in Canada."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bond, Julian. "Remarks by Julian Bond." 2005. 28 Jan. 2009.<>.
  • Editors. "Union Membership in Canada." Human Resources and Skills Department Canada. 2009. 28 Jan. 2009.<>.
  • Fazzi, Cindy. "Book Solves Conundrum of American vs. Canadian Unionism." Dispute Resolution Journal. 1 Nov. 2004. 28 Jan. 2009.<>.
  • Russell, Jason. "The Paradox of American Unionism: Why Americans Like Unions More Than Canadians Do But Join Much Less." Labor Studies Journal; Spring2006, Vol. 31. 105-106.

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