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Union Involvement in Workplace Change: A Comparative Study of Local Unions in Canada and Mexico


  • Christian Lévesque
  • Gregor Murray


This paper examines the sources of local union power to cope with workplace change. Are workplace unions active participants, merely passengers, outright opponents, or entirely excluded from the change process? Drawing on 18 case studies and a survey conducted in the auto and metalworking industries in Mexico and Canada, the results suggest that greater internal solidarity, stronger articulation with other levels of union and community activity and the pursuit of an autonomous agenda all provide the basis for enhanced local union bargaining power in the context of globalization. This general conclusion applies to Canadian as well as Mexican local unions and suggests analytical paths for understanding the construction and renewal of union power. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2005.

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  • Christian Lévesque & Gregor Murray, 2005. "Union Involvement in Workplace Change: A Comparative Study of Local Unions in Canada and Mexico," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 43(3), pages 489-514, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:43:y:2005:i:3:p:489-514

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    1. Paul Blyton & Jean Jenkins, 2013. "Mobilizing Protest: Insights from Two Factory Closures," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 51(4), pages 733-753, December.
    2. Hector Elias Gutierrez Rufrancos, 2012. "The Mexican Wage Curve 2000-2003: A Quantile Analysis," Working Paper Series 3412, Department of Economics, University of Sussex.

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