Quality of Life at Work
Researchers in this area are involved in both historical studies on health and safety issues and analysis of the impact of work reorganization on the quality of life at work. Robert Storey and Wayne Lewchuk have recently completed a comprehensive historical study of asbestos use at the Bendix Brake plant in Windsor. Donna Baines is focusing on the impact of work reorganization in the public sector and in particular amongst social workers. Wayne Lewchuk is working with the CAW on a major workplace study of how work reorganization affects the work life of automobile workers. This project received substantial new funding in the fall of 1999 from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. The original work will be extended to include an examination of how work organization affects blood pressure and hypertension.
Don Wells is currently working on a number of projects related to union responses to globalization. As well as his work on how Canadian unions are establishing links with unions in other countries, he is helping to coordinate an international network of scholars studying the impact of globalization on autoworkers and their unions. The International Research Network on Autowork in the Americas (IRNAA) brings together researchers from Canada, Mexico and the United States and is a joint project of McMaster University, Wayne State University and the University of Puebla. It examines a wide range of issues related to autowork with a special emphasis on how modularity is reshaping the industry.
- Fantasy at Work: Representations of Labour and Economy in Children's Animated Film (pdf)
Navjeet Sidhu, April 2013
- Employment Strain: The Hidden Costs of Precarious Employment Final Research Report for the WSIB RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL (PDF)
Wayne Lewchuk, Marlea Clarke, Alice de Wolff, and Andy King
McMaster University, May 2007.
- Labour as a Competitive Advantage in the Canadian Automotive Parts Industry: A study of Canada and Four Local Labour Markets (PDF)
(Brantford, Stratford, Guelph, Windsor) Charlotte A.B. Yates and Sam Vrankulj, revised October 31, 2006. Funded by Auto 21, a Network of Centres of Excellence grant.
- Work reorganization and stress in the Ontario public sector & Under-Staffing, Long Hours of Work and Health: The Don Jail (PDF)
Wayne Lewchuk, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University. These reports prepared for OPSEU presents new evidence that work is being reorganized in the public sector with little concern for the health of workers.
- Social Services: Stress, Violence and Workload Research Project:
- The Healthy Workplace Index and the Canadian Automobile Industry (PDF)
Wayne Lewchuk, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University, David Robertson, Director, Work Reorganization and Training, Canadian Auto Workers. (Paper prepared for Canadian Economics Association Conference University of Toronto, May 28-30, 1999.)
- From Dust to Dust: Asbestos & The Struggle for Worker Health and Safety at Bendix Automotive (PDF)
Robert Storey, Associate Professor, School of Labour Studies and Sociology, McMaster University and Wayne Lewchuk, Professor, Economics and School of Labour Studies, McMaster University.