What role do migrant workers play in the revitalization of union solidarity?

In “Trajectories of Union Renewal: Migrant Workers and the Revitalization of Union Solidarity in Saskatchewan,” in the upcoming spring issue of Labour/Le travail, Andrew Stevens poses this important question, exploring union attitudes and union-member engagement among migrant labour through the lens of union revitalization in Saskatchewan.Stevens challenges assumptions that foreign workers are reluctant to participate in union business and the collective-bargaining process as a whole.

Interviews and surveys conducted with organizers, local presidents, and rank-and-file members also suggest that attitudes of some union leaders hinder meaningful engagement with newcomers. These resistive views unfortunately perpetuate a culture internal to organized labour that fails to confront challenges unique to migrants and undermines efforts to empower this growing constituency in Western Canada.