The decline of union density brings real
challenges for trade unions throughout the world and it pushes them to look for
creative and efficient forms of reorganizing in order to keep defending the
rights and needs of the workers. There are many reasons for membership decline
which can vary from neoliberal macroeconomic policies to workers becoming more skeptical
about unions. The list of factors that is related to the lost of membership can
be extensive and unions around the world have build strategies to overcome
In this context, it becomes relevant to
investigate the successful actions used by unions to increase membership; to
understand how they change and adapt in terms of structure and culture; to
explore the innovating and prosperous examples on collective bargaining, among
others. Therefore, the literature available on this website aims to enlighten the debate
on the union’s strategies that tackle these issues.
It is worth to note that the union renewal
debate does not only involve the
increase of membership through expansion of organizing efforts since strengthening bargaining power and political influence are strongly associated with organizing members. Therefore, this area covers a variety of issues as presented by the headlines below.