What is the relationship between society and unions? In an article just published in the Canadian Review of Sociology, University of Quebec Sociologist and lead author Lorenzo Frangi explores the connection between public confidence in unions and societal values – which is a new topic in sociology – by comparing unionism in Canada and the United States.
In this paper, Frangi et al show that, although a higher proportion of Canadians belong to unions than Americans, the level of confidence in unions is similar in both countries.
On the other hand, there are differences between the two countries in their respective determinants of confidence.
While left-wing citizens of both countries – whether rich or poor – are prone to trust unions, the research shows that Canadians who are less well off, as well as those who are interested in politics generally, all perceive unions as trustworthy. This is not the case in the United States.