Between Accommodation and Transformation: The Two Logics of Union Renewal

TitleBetween Accommodation and Transformation: The Two Logics of Union Renewal
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSerrano, Melisa R.
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume20
Issue3
Pagination219 - 235
KeywordsCanada, Canadian Auto Workers, Germany, IG Metall, logic of accommodation, logic of transformation, trade unions, union renewal
Abstract

This article distinguishes between two logics of union renewal: accommodation and transformation. It examines the functioning and potential of these logics in two industrial unions in Germany and Canada, exploring factors that influence decisions to give priority to one renewal logic. The findings suggest that the two logics can coexist, and that unions are able to alternate between them. Of particular relevance in comparative perspective are some similarities and differences in the renewal processes and strategies pursued by the two unions.