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Rethinking the politics of labour in Canada /
edited by Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage.
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Halifax : Fernwood Pub., c2012.
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224 p. ; 23 cm.
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1552664783 (pbk.), 9781552664780 (pbk.)
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imprint
Halifax : Fernwood Pub., c2012.
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1552664783 (pbk.)
9781552664780 (pbk.)
contents note
An Introduction / Stephanie Ross & Larry Savage -- Canadian Labour and the Crisis of Solidarity / Donald Swartz & Rosemary Warskett -- Business Unionism and Social Unionism in Theory and Practice / Stephanie Ross -- The New Democratic Party in the Era of Neoliberalism / Bryan Evans -- Québec Labour: Days of Glory or the Same Old Story? / Peter Graefe -- Organized Labour and the Politics of Strategic Voting / Larry Savage -- Labour and the Politics of Voting System Reform in Canada / Dennis Pilon -- Unions, Gender Equity and Neoconservative Politics / Amanda Coles & Charlotte Yates -- Social Unionism, Partnership and Conflict: Union Engagement with Aboriginal Peoples in Canada / Suzanne Mills & Tyler McCreary -- Canadian Labour and the Environment: Addressing the Value-Action Gap / Dennis Soron -- Community Unionism and the Canadian Labour Movement / Simon Black -- Anti-Poverty Work: Unions, Poor Workers and Collective Action in Canada / Kendra Coulter -- Organizing Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canada / Aziz Choudry & Mark Thomas -- Labour, Courts and the Erosion of Workers’ Rights in Canada / Charles Smith.
abstract
"Though the Canadian labour movement’s postwar political, economic and social achievements may have seemed like irrevocable contributions to human progress, they have proven to be anything but. Since the mid-1970s, labour’s political influence and capacity to defend, let alone extend, these gains has been seriously undermined by the strategies of both capitalist interests and the neoliberal state. Electoral de-alignment and the decline of class-based voting, bursts of unsustained extra-parliamentary militancy and a general lack of influence on state actors and policy outcomes all signal that the labour movement is in crisis. Despite much experimentation in an attempt to regain political clout, labour continues to experience deep frustration and stagnation. As such, the labour movement’s future political capacities are in question, and the need for critical appraisal is urgent. Understanding how and why workers were able to exert collective power in the postwar era, how they lost it and how they might re-establish it is the central concern of Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada. With essays from established and emerging scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this collection assesses the past, present and uncertain future of labour politics in Canada. Bringing together the traditional electoral-based aspects of labour politics with analyses of the newer and rediscovered forms of working-class organization and social movement-influenced strategies, which have become increasingly important in the Canadian labour movement, this book seeks to take stock of these new forms of labour politics, understand their emergence and assess their impact on the future of labour in Canada."--Publisher.
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8348658
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 198-222).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stephanie Ross is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Work and Labour Studies Program in the Department of Social Science at York University. Larry Savage is an associate professor of political science and labour studies at Brock University.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"This book brings together a wide range of contributions about labor and politics in Canada, some of them unprecedented. It is much needed: there is nothing like it available, and the issues it deals with are becoming ever more important." David Camfield, professor of labor studies, University of Manitoba, and author, Canadian Labour in Crisis
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Summaries
Long Description
Though the Canadian labour movement's postwar political, economic and social achievements may have seemed like irrevocable contributions to human progress, they have proven to be anything but. Since the mid-1970s, labour's political influence and capacity to defend, let alone extend, these gains has been seriously undermined by the strategies of both capitalist interests and the neoliberal state. Electoral de-alignment and the decline of class-based voting, bursts of unsustained extra-parliamentary militancy and a general lack of influence on state actors and policy outcomes all signal that the labour movement is in crisis. Despite much experimentation in an attempt to regain political clout, labour continues to experience deep frustration and stagnation. As such, the labour movement's future political capacities are in question, and the need for critical appraisal is urgent. Understanding how and why workers were able to exert collective power in the postwar era, how they lost it and how they might re-establish it is the central concern of Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada.With essays from established and emerging scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this collection assesses the past, present and uncertain future of labour politics in Canada. Bringing together the traditional electoral-based aspects of labour politics with analyses of the newer and rediscovered forms of working-class organization and social movement-influenced strategies, which have become increasingly important in the Canadian labour movement, this book seeks to take stock of these new forms of labour politics, understand their emergence and assess their impact on the future of labour in Canada.
Main Description
Focusing on the Canadian postwar era, this examination seeks to explain how and why workers were able to exert collective powerand how they might reclaim it. With essays from established and emerging scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this collection assesses the past, present, and uncertain future of labor politics in Canada. The study combines the traditional electoral-based aspects of labor politics with analyses of the rediscovered forms of working-class organization and strategies influenced by social movements, which have become increasingly important in the Canadian labor movement.
Table of Contents
Labour I Canada Seriesp. 6
Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada: An Introductionp. 7
Contextualizing Labour and Working-Class Politics in Canadap. 10
The Challenge of Electoral Politicsp. 12
The Prospects of Extra-Parliamentary Activismp. 13
Where Do We Go from Here?p. 16
Contextualizing Labour and Working-Class Politicsp. 17
Canadian Labour and the Crisis of Solidarityp. 18
Theorizing the Politics of the Labour Movementp. 19
Origins of the Contemporary Labour Movement 1940-1965p. 22
The Sixties Revival: 1965-1993p. 25
The Consolidation of Neoliberalism and the Crises of Solidarity: 1993-2011p. 28
Conclusionp. 31
Business Unionism and Social Unionism in Theory and Practicep. 33
Understanding Union Practicesp. 34
"More, More, More, Now": Business Unionism and Workers' Economic Interestsp. 35
"What We Desire for Ourselves, We Wish for All": Social Unionism and Social Justicep. 40
The Complexity of Concrete Union Practicesp. 43
Conclusionp. 45
The Challenge of Electoral Politicsp. 47
The New Democratic Party in the Era of Neoliberalismp. 48
The New Democratic Party: The Trajectory of "Modernization"p. 49
The NOP in Government The Provincial Experiencep. 51
The Federal NOP: Playing Centrep. 58
The Union-Party Nexus: Understanding the Enduring Attachmentp. 59
Conclusionp. 60
Québec Labour: Days of Glory or the Same Old Story?p. 62
The Distinct Political Trajectory of Québec Unionsp. 63
Old Habits and New Strategies of Engagementp. 66
Partnerships: From Lever to Brakep. 68
The New Millennium: Stuck in the 1990s?p. 69
Conclusionp. 73
Organized Labour and the Politics of Strategic Votingp. 75
Social Democratic Crisis and Neoliberal Ascendencyp. 76
Organized Labour and Strategic Voting in Ontariop. 77
Organized Labour and Strategic Voting in Federal Politicsp. 80
Conclusionp. 85
Labour and the Politics of Voting System Reform in Canadap. 88
The Struggle Over Independent Political Action, 1890-1931p. 89
The Take Power" Strategy, 1932-92p. 93
The "Resisting Neoliberalismö Phase, 1993 Onp. 96
Conclusionp. 100
The Prospects of Extra-Parliamentary Activismp. 101
Unions, Gender Equity and Neoconservative Politicsp. 102
Is This What Equality Looks Like?p. 103
Feminism and the Transformation of the Canadian Labour Movementp. 104
Feminist Politics as Union Politicsp. 106
Women and Labour Under Neoconservatismp. 107
The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equalityp. 111
Equity Politics in Albertap. 112
Conclusionp. 114
Social Unionism, Partnership and Conflict: Union Engagement with Aboriginal Peoples in Canadap. 116
Early Social Unionism and Aboriginal Peoplesp. 117
Changing Union Culturep. 120
Aboriginal Stragglesp. 122
Unions Reacting to Aboriginal Empowermentp. 124
Aboriginal Organizing for Equalityp. 127
Conclusionp. 129
Canadian Labour and the Environment: Addressing the Value-Action Gapp. 132
The Ambiguous Promise of Green Unionismp. 134
Greening the Canadian Labour Movementp. 136
It's Not Easy Being Greenp. 140
Conclusionp. 144
Community Unionism and the Canadian Labour Movementp. 146
The "Community" in Community Unionismp. 147
Community Unionism: Genealogy of a Labour Movement Keywordp. 149
Labour-Community Coalitions: Canadian Experiencesp. 152
Community-Based Workers' Organizations in Canadap. 154
Conclusionp. 157
Anti-Poverty Work: Unions, Poor Workers and Collective Action in Canadap. 159
Organizing Low-Wage Workersp. 160
Poor People's Organizationsp. 182
Multi-Organization Campaigns and Coalitionsp. 167
Conclusionp. 168
Organizing Migrant and Immigrant Workers in Canadap. 171
The Expansion of Temporary Foreign Labour in Canadap. 172
The Legal Struggle to Organize Farmworkers in Ontariop. 174
Workers' Centres and Migrant and Immigrant Worker Organizingp. 177
Conclusionp. 182
Labour, Courts and the Erosion of Workers' Rights in Canadap. 184
The "Boundaries of Constraint": Law, Courts and Industrial Pluralism, 1945-1986p. 186
Charter Challenges, 1986-1999p. 190
Ongoing Judicial Struggles, 1999-2011p. 192
Conclusionp. 195
Referencesp. 198
Acknowledgementsp. 223
Contributorsp. 224
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