Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations

ISBN: 978-0-76231-152-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-305-1

ISSN: 0742-6186

Publication date: 30 December 2004


Cluster analysis is applied to the union and employer tactics used in a sample of Ontario organising campaigns to identify the combinations of tactics or strategies that are used most often. Seven union organising strategies and five employer resistance strategies are revealed. Contingency table analysis shows that the union and employer strategies are not independent of one another. More active campaigns by one side (in terms of more tactics used) are met by more active campaigns by the other side. Regression analysis is used to estimate the effects of the strategies on the outcome of the organising campaign. The most active strategies, including intensive communication with workers and worker committees, work best for the employers. For unions, strategies emphasising personal communication through house calls are the most effective.


Martinello, F.F. and Yates, C. (2004), "UNION AND EMPLOYER TACTICS IN ONTARIO ORGANISING CAMPAIGNS", Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 157-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0742-6186(04)13006-0

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