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The paper discusses the rapid decline in union membership and how it mean less bargaining power and influence for unions to gain valuable rights for workers. The paper argues that the best chance for unions to stabilize is through further recruitment of women and workers in the 'hard to organize' sectors, such as fast-food restaurant workers. The paper explains the difficulties in unionizing these workers but contends that the union movement would gain strength if all members were represented and allowed a voice.
From the Paper:"Organizing is of importance to unions due to downward pressures on membership from globalization. Unions are facing increased pressures to stabilize membership and to gain lost ground in recent years. For example, today about 30% of Canadian workers are unionized, down from 37% in 1982 and in Britain there have been losses of approximately 28% (Clarke & White, 2010, p. 101). The rapid decline in membership numbers mean less bargaining power and influence to gain valuable rights for workers. The best chance that unions have to stabilize is through further recruitment of women workers and workers in the 'hard to organize' sectors.
"Organizing for women is important since they represented in most of the hard to organize sectors of employment. Hunt and Rayside (2000) recognize that female-dominated sectors have been weakly unionized and have large proportion of part-time, temporary workers. Through unionization, women can fight pay equity, improvements to working conditions, and employment conditions. In fact, women who are unionized are better off then nonunionized women and minorities through having the capacity to stand up for their rights. The union can assist women by supporting them through the economic recession and the restructuring that is currently taking place (Hunt and Rayside, 2000)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Clarke, M., & White, J., (2010). Women and Unions Study Guide,. Alberta: Athabasca University.
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- Datta, R. (2003). From Development to Empowerment: The Self-Employed Women's Assoication in India. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 16(3), 351-368.
- Hunt, G., & Rayside, D., (2000). Labor Union Response to Diversity in Canada and the United States., Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 39(3), 417-431.
- Reiter, E. (1986). Life in a Fast-Food Factory., In C. Heron & R. Storey (Eds.), On the job: Confronting the Labour Process in Canada (pp. 309-326). Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.
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