The Union as Employer: Personnel Practices in Canadian Labour Unions

Paul F. Clark, Lois Gray, Norm Solomon

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This paper reports on personnel practices in unions operating in Canada. The analysis is based on survey data collected from a representative sample of 60 labour organizations. The findings indicate that for the overall sample, formal, written personnel policies are the exception and not the rule in Canadian unions. The data also reveal, however, that personnel practices are conducted on a more formal, sophisticated basis for Canadian unions with over 50,000 members. The results confirm findings of an earlier study of U.S. unions that there is a relationship between size and sophistication of administrative practices in at least this one area. This "economy of scale" effect has important ramifications for the efficient operation of unions and for the future structure of the labour movement in North America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-504
Number of pages17
JournalRelations Industrielles
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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