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Empowerment and union workplace delegates: a gendered analysis

Authors

  • Catherine Le Capitaine,

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    • Catherine Le Capitaine is Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Relations, Université Laval
    • All three authors are researchers in the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).
  • Gregor Murray,

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    • Gregor Murray holds the Canada Research Chair on Globalization and Work in the School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal
    • All three authors are researchers in the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).
  • Christian Lévesque

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    • Christian Lévesque is Professor of employment relations at HEC Montréal
    • All three authors are researchers in the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).

Correspondence should be addressed to Catherine Le Capitaine, Department of Industrial Relations, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada G1K 7P4; email: Catherine.LeCapitaine@rlt.ulaval.ca

Abstract

This article examines the empowerment of female and male workplace union delegates in the education sector in Quebec (Canada). Key power resources and strategic capabilities are significant variables for both sexes, highlighting commonalities in delegate empowerment. Other differences point to the gendered construction of delegate empowerment, with important consequences for union renewal strategies.

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