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Unions in Action

How do unions work? How do they go about representing their members and mobilizing workers in the workplace and beyond? How do they grapple with the main issues facing workers, and renew their movement going forward? This course will explore the internal structure of unions, and assess what unions do well and where they are less effective. Students will also learn how unions make decisions and try to influence policy-making through participatory exercises and a simulated labour convention.

LABRST 2A03

Unions in Action

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): II Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes Language?: No

How do unions work? How do they go about representing their members and mobilizing workers in the workplace and beyond? How do they grapple with the main issues facing workers, and renew their movement going forward? This course will explore the internal structure of unions, and assess what unions do well and where they are less effective. Students will also learn how unions make decisions and try to influence policy-making through participatory exercises and a simulated labour convention.


David Goutor

Assistant Professor

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a Labour Studies program or permission of the Director