Unions must respond to needs of young workers

Codes of conduct for meetings aimed at creating better atmosphere for women, youth
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2011

A report by the U.S.-based Berger-Marks Foundation suggests trade unions must make significant changes to entice younger workers, particularly women.

The report, Stepping Up, Stepping Back, was the result of a summit that examined the feelings of young women toward organized labour, and how future generations could become more active in unions.

A key finding was that people under the age of 35 are attracted to the organized labour movement, but may be more interested in other social justice organizations where the culture for women and younger activists is more “accepting.”