Professor Gary Earles
October 2, 2012
1. In my opinion the SEIU-CAW dispute presented more of a threat to labour solidarity and unity than it did to union democracy because the dispute was between two unions and showed a negative effect on inter-union solidarity as the two unions were not able to reach an agreement and settle the dispute. Solidarity is the integration of different unions and this dispute between the CAW and SEIU with Brown’s plan to merge his and seven other SEIU locals with the CAW broke down the solidarity between these 2 unions. I do not believe it had such a big effect on democracy as even when the vote was held 10,000 workers voted 92% in favor of joining the CAW which shows that democracy was still implemented by them holding a vote and 92% wanting to join the CAW.
3. Some of the damages the Canadian labour union might suffer due to disputes such as this are international alliances between unions could be hurt if the international unions are not able to trust their locals for support and their backing in all situations. Also with more Canadian unions starting to move toward national unions instead of international unions disputes such as this might slow the switch down once they see the challenges and possible repercussions they face from breaking away from the international unions. Disputes like this can also have an effect on gaining new members into unions and many individuals may see these disputes as unwanted and something can occur if they join a union which might persuade them to not consider joining. 5. National autonomy from International parent unions has to deal with local unions gaining independence to make their own decisions, apart from the decisions being made by a parent union outside the country which usually does not understand the demands and wants of the local union members and uses...