Union organizers don't have an easy task ahead of them. Workplace politics, stress and anti-union sentiments can take their toll. It's important for organizers to recognize how fear and power can be used to undermine their cause. This workshop outlines how to empower workers and create a safe place where they can conqueor their fears.
The workshop from Organizing for Power details:
Exercises so workers can recognize how workplace hierarchies can create fear
Identify and confront their fears through discussion
There's an interesting new research report from Statistics Canada, by Ping Ching Winnie Chan, Rene Morissette, and Marc Frenette, profiling the workers who were displaced in the recent recession, and comparing the outcomes to previous recessions in earlier decades (the downturns of the early 1980s and 1990s). Workers Laid Off During the Last Three Recessions is part of StatsCan's Analytical Studies series.
I haven't been through the report in detail and can't comment on the methodology, but here are some of the interesting (and often surprising) findings: