Happy Labor Day 2016 – Canada and USA

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Happy Labor Day in Toronto

Unionization rates in Canada have steadily fallen since the 1980s.

According to Statistics Canada data, 37.6 per cent of Canadian workers were unionized in 1981, compared to 28.8 per cent in 2014.

That decrease was most evident among men, falling from just over 42 per cent in 1981 to just 27 per cent in 2014. Statistics Canada says this was “especially pronounced in the 25-to-34 and 35-to-44 age groups.”

Statistics Canada attributes this partially to an employment shift from industries with high unionization rates like construction and manufacturing to industries with lower rates, like retail.

Unionization rates for women, however, have stayed relatively stable in that same time period at around 30 per cent.

Unionization rates also differ massively in the public and private sectors. From 1999 to 2014, public sector unionization rates grew from 70.4 per cent to 71.3 per cent, while private sector rates fell from 18.1 per cent to 15.2 per cent over the same years.

Photo: Massi Farahani

Assocaition of North American Ethic journalists and writers  ( Canada ) Sep 5- 2016

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