• Home
  • Books
  • Building A Better World, 4th Edition

Building A Better World, 4th Edition

An Introduction to the Labour Movement in Canada

by Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage  

A key introduction to the history, role, strategies and contributions of unions and the labour movement in Canada, now with a discussion of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the collective power of workers.

Shop direct

Are you a student?

  • January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781773635927
  • 288 pages
  • $34.00
  • For sale worldwide
  • EPUB January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781773636047
  • $33.99
  • For sale worldwide
  • PDF January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781773636054
  • $33.99
  • For sale worldwide

Or via your local bookstore
Shop Local

About the book

This fourth edition of Building a Better World offers a comprehensive introductory overview of Canada’s labour movement. The book explores why workers form unions; assesses their organization and democratic potential; examines issues related to collective bargaining, grievances and strike activity; charts the historical development of labour unions; and describes the gains unions have achieved for their members and all working people. This new and expanded edition also analyzes the challenges facing today’s labour movement as a result of COVID-19 and the strategies being developed to overcome them.

Labour & Unions

What people are saying

Peggy Nash, former senior UNIFOR negotiator and former MP, now a senior advisor at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Ross and Savage, two of Canada’s foremost experts in labour studies, detail the evolving struggle of Canadian workers to defend themselves under capitalism. They chronicle how workers have organized to improve working conditions, pay and a better life. Workers wanting to organize as well as students of labour studies will find this book essential reading.


Stephanie Ross

Stephanie Ross is the Director of the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University.

Larry Savage

Larry Savage is Chair of the Department of Labour Studies at Brock University.


  • Chapter 1 What Is a Union?
  • Chapter 2 Understanding Unions
  • Chapter 3 Early Union Struggles in Canada
  • Chapter 4 From Keynesianism to Neoliberalism and Beyond: Union Breakthroughs and Challenges
  • Chapter 5 Unions in the Workplace
  • Chapter 6 Unions and Political Action
  • Chapter 7 How Do Unions Work?
  • Chapter 8 What Difference Do Unions Make?
  • Chapter 9 Who Belongs to Unions? Who Doesn’t and Why?
  • Chapter 10 The Future of Unions: Decline or Renewal?
  • References
  • Index


Don’t know your password? We can help you reset it.

Are you a student?

If you are purchasing an ebook for school, please purchase it at campusebookstore.com.

They will be able to provide fast and thorough technical support.

Your Cart

There is nothing in your cart. Go find some books!