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Confédération des syndicats nationaux


Confédération des syndicats nationaux

Full name Confederation of National Trade Unions
Native name Confédération des syndicats nationaux
Founded 1921
Members 300,000[1]
Affiliation ITUC
Key people Jacques Létourneau, president
Jean Lortie, secretary general
Office location Montreal, Quebec
Country Canada

The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) (Confederation of National Trade Unions), is the second largest trade union federation in Quebec by membership.


  • History 1
  • Structure 2
  • Presidents 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


It was founded in Hull in 1921 as the Confédération des travailleurs catholiques du Canada (Catholic Workers Confederation of Canada). It became the CSN only in 1960 when it became secular. The CSN developed a close relationship with the PLQ and worked together to reform Québec's labor law in 1965 to extend collective bargaining to government employees. However, by the late 1960s the CSN had fallen out of favor with the provincial government as it became radicalized and threw its support behind social movements.[2]

In 1971, the three leading unions, the CSN, the

  • Official website of the CSN (mostly in French)

External links

  1. ^ a b "Union Membership in Canada — 2007". Government of Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, National Headquarters, Labour Program, Workplace Information Directorate (WID). 2008-06-11. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ Heron, Craig (2012). The Canadian Labour Movement: a Short History. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co. p. 104. 
  3. ^ Ibid, 105.
  4. ^


See also


The Montreal Central Council of the CSN endorsed Québec solidaire for the 2007 Quebec Election.[4]

The Confederation currently has about 300,000 members, distributed evenly between men and women, and between the private and public sectors.[1] Marc Laviolette was replaced as president in 2002 by Claudette Carbonneau. Louis Roy, Roger Valois, and Denise Boucher are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice-presidents, respectively. Lise Poulin is the secretary and Pierre Patry is the treasurer.

The CSN is characterized by decentralized administration: local unions are organized into federations by sector of activity and regional councils, and are very independent from the central organization. It is also the most politically active trade union in Quebec, having, for instance, officially advocated Quebec sovereignty since 1990.



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