This book is a fine addition to Fernwood Press’s Labour in Canada series, which provides accessible, compact analyses of labor market and union trends. The editors, Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, argue that public-sector unions deserve special consideration because, as public institutions, they are well positioned to challenge neoliberal austerity politics. In Canada, one out of every five working people is employed in the public sector, in which the editors and contributors include “para-public organizations like hospitals, schools, universities and Crown corporations” (10). Union density is high, with about 70 percent of public-sector workers belonging to unions, as opposed to 15.9 percent in the private sector. Although the members of public-sector unions implement state policies that have as their goal the reproduction and expansion of capitalism, they also deliver programs and services that embody the “social rights” of the welfare state, and in so doing they often champion the aspirations...

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