Quebec’s unionization rate highest in North America: report

Unionization rate at 39.6 per cent in 2010 for Quebec, Canada at 30.8 per cent
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

A recent Quebec government report reveals thatthe unionization rate of the province’s total labour force is 39.6 percent. With more than 1.3 million of Quebec’s workers governed by a collectiveagreement, the province has the highest unionization rate in North America,according to the report, “La présence syndicale au Québec en 2010.”

In the last decade, however, the unionization rate for theprovince has steadily decreased from a level of 40.9 per cent in 2001. This decreasingtrend of union presence is reflected throughout North America. In Canada, therate fell from 32.1 per cent in 2001 to 30.8 per cent in 2010. In the UnitedStates, 14.8 per cent of the population was unionized in 2001, while 13.1 percent was unionized in 2010.

The report also indicated that the private sector has seenthe greatest loss in unionization. In Quebec, the manufacturing sector alonerecorded the largest decline of the decade: the unionization rate fell to 14.4per cent in 2010 from 20.3 per cent in 2001. Across the country, themanufacturing sector unionization rate fell to 8.1 per cent in 2010 from 10.9per cent in 2001.

In 2010, the highest unionization rate was found within theQuebec government sector at 80.8 per cent, compared to the rest of the countryat 68.7 per cent.

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