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May-June 2018

REVIEW: New book explores the unlikely success of an Alberta union

Inside Jason Foster's Defying Expectations

Jessica Rose

51m+Aq3CMbLDefying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401
By Jason Foster
Athabasca University Press, $34.95

Defying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401 is a book about success. In it, Edmonton’s Jason Foster, an associate professor of human resources and labour relations at Athabasca University and former director of policy analysis at the Alberta Federation of Labour, investigates a union that has had “remarkable success organizing a group of workers that North American unions often struggle to reach: immigrants, women and youth.” The result is a deeply interesting look at how unions and their members can work together to create much-needed change.

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