Most people in the Canadian working class do t see themselves as part of a crusade, despite being members of unions, and this analysis suggests a radical reinvention of the working-class movement in Canada. First chronicling the historical development of the movement, from the structure of unions and other organizations to their activities and even the guiding ideology, it then offers an explanation for its current state, contending that reform within the movement is t eugh. Featuring critical examinations of the workers' movement and unions in Canada with voices from each, the author presents a new way forward in reaching the goal of reform.
David Camfield is an associate professor in labor studies at the University of Manitoba. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.