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Protecting Fundamental Labor Rights: Lessons from Canada for the United States

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  • Kris Warner
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    This paper examines the decline in unionization in the United States that began to occur in about 1960. While various explanations have been put forward to explain this – with many focusing on some form of structural changes to the economy or to the workforce, usually related to globalization or technological progress – this paper focuses on the role that employer opposition to unions has played, together with relatively weak labor law. In order to fully flesh out the experience of the United States, it looks to the experience of Canada as the country most similar to it.

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    Paper provided by Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its series CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs with number 2012-21.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2012-21

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    Keywords: unions; employment; labor; collective bargaining; canada; labor law; economics;

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    1. Michele Campolieti & Chris Riddell & Sara Slinn, 2007. "Certification Delay under Elections and Card-Check Procedures: Empirical Evidence from Canada," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 61(1), pages 32-58, October.
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