Immigration, Race, and Labor: Unionization and Wages in the Canadian Labor Market

20 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2004

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Jeffrey G. Reitz

University of Toronto - Department of Sociology & Munk Centre for International Studies

Anil Verma

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Abstract

In Canada, most racial minorities have lower rates of unionization than do members of the majority workforce. Data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (N = 32,634) show that racial minority immigrants assimilate into unionization over time. However, unionization reduces net minority wage disadvantages only slightly. Union race relations policies should place more emphasis on collective bargaining as well as on unionization.

Suggested Citation

Reitz, Jeffrey G. and Verma, Anil, Immigration, Race, and Labor: Unionization and Wages in the Canadian Labor Market. Industrial Relations, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 835-854, October 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=591472

Jeffrey G. Reitz

University of Toronto - Department of Sociology & Munk Centre for International Studies

3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6
Canada

Anil Verma (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada

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