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Workplace representatives: strategic actors of union renewal?

Authors

  • Gregor Murray,

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    • Gregor Murray is Canada Research Chair on Globalization and Work at the School of Industrial Relations (ERIUM) at Université de Montréal, and Director of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT)
  • Christian Lévesque,

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    • Christian Lévesque is Professor at HEC Montréal and Co-director of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT)
  • Christian Dufour,

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    • Christian Dufour is Associate Researcher at Université d'Avignon and the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT)
  • Adelheid Hege

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    • Adelheid Hege is Researcher at Institut de recherches économiques et sociale (IRES)

Correspondence should be addressed to Gregor Murray, School of Industrial Relations (ERIUM), Université de Montréal, C.P.6128, succ Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC, Canada H3C3J7; email: gregor.murray@umontreal.ca

Abstract

Workplace representatives (shop stewards) provide insight into union transformations. This article explores the renewed research interest in terms of the representativeness of unionism and of workplace representatives, the complexity of the sites of representation and employer strategies, the search for new references and the centrality of workplace representatives in union renewal strategies.

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