Thinking Union

Thinking Union

Activism and Education in Canada’s Labour Movement

By D'Arcy Martin


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Over the past seventeen years, trade union educator D’Arcy Martin has conducted hundreds of courses for Canadian workers. He has learned that there are people— “conscious romantics”— who dream of a more egalitarian world while confronting the obstacles that stand in the way of building it. This book provides a refreshing personal account of union culture and its dynamics.

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Without question the most illuminating book yet written on labour education in Canada.

– Budd Hall, Adult Education Department, OISE

Thinking Union is part journal and part learners’ manual on union education by one of Canada’s top labour educators. D’Arcy Martin has written a powerful personal memoir, chock full of lessons from his experiences in “teaching workers to talk back to bosses.” Labour educators, activists, and anyone interested in popular education and organizing for social and economic justice will find this book essential reading.

– Dr. Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Harvard University Trade Union Program

A refreshing personal account of union culture and its dynamics…A rich and rare glimpse into union life and labour activism.

– Pradeep Kumar, Professor, School of Industrial Relations, Queen’s University