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How women are changing the face of Canada’s union leadership

As Labour Day approaches, close your eyes and picture the typical union member in Canada. If you conjured an image of a man wearing a hard hat or working in a factory, you missed the mark.
Aug 27, 2020

Work, Inclusion and 2SLGBTQ+ people in Sudbury and Windsor

A three year study about the work experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ people living in two of Ontario’s smaller cities found that just over 50% of people were not out in most situations at work and only 36% of workers were out to their employer.
Jul 14, 2020

Migrant Sex Workers and the Pandemic: Magnifying Inequality and Discrimination

Elene Lam and Judge Fudge published on the Canadian Law of Work Forum (CLWF).
Jun 11, 2020

Recipients of the Faculty of Social Sciences COVID-19 Catalyst Grant announced

Congratulations to the six recipients of the COVID-19 Catalyst Grant.
Jun 07, 2020

'Ontario’s long-term care response is still lacking' - Dr. Judy Fudge

Dr. Judy Fudge recently published in TheStar discussing the lingering issues with Ontario's long-term care response in light of COVID-19.
Apr 17, 2020

Labour Studies Students Create Public Website to Explore Inequalities in Various Industries

Our undergraduate students are amazing. Under the guidance of Dr. Tommy Wu, students in the Work and Racism course engaged in a semester-long scaffolded project to explore the racial and gendered dynamics of various industries (nursing, teaching, janitorial services, and etc.) in Canada.
Apr 06, 2020

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020

Basic Income Report in the Star: 'Did free cash drive people to quit work? Not according to a new study of Ontario’s basic income experiment'

the Star had an exclusive article highlighting the outcomes of a report co-authored by McMaster faculty in the School of Labour Studies and partners at Ryerson University.
Mar 06, 2020

CBC: 'People kept working, became healthier while on basic income: report'

Basic Income report profiled on CBC Hamilton news.
Mar 06, 2020

Access Southern Ontario’s Basic Income Experience Report

The self-reported outcomes of participants help shed light on basic income’s potential as a policy instrument to alleviate poverty and raise the standard of living of individuals in today’s precarious labour market. This research study uncovered several interesting and useful findings.
Mar 04, 2020

McMaster Basic Income Project Report Launch – with guest speaker Hugh Segal.

Wednesday, March 4th, the McMaster Institute for Health Equity presents a first look at the findings of the McMaster Basic Income Project. This event features the Hon. Hugh Segal, one of Canada’s foremost advocates for a basic income, as a special guest speaker.
Mar 02, 2020

"After eighteen hours, they ask for another eighteen hours": Normalizing labour flexibility in Canada's extractive sector

MONDAY, March 2nd, 12PM: L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1003: Katie Mazer is a Post-doctoral Fellow with the Knowledge Network on Mining Encounters and indigenous Sustainable Livelihoods (the MinErAL network) and based in the School of Labour Studies at McMaster.
Jan 28, 2020


Join us for the opening night of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play and a special pre- performance reception and talk.
Jan 14, 2020

Regulating Decent Work for Domestic Workers

Adelle Blackett tells the story behind the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention No. 189, which in 2011 created the first comprehensive international standards to extend fundamental protections and rights to the millions of domestic workers labouring in other peoples’ homes throughout the world.
Nov 01, 2019

Dr. Judy Fudge, 2019 recipient of the Bora Laskin Award

Professor Judy Fudge has been chosen by the Selection Committee as the 2019 recipient of the Bora Laskin Award. This award, named in honour of the late Chief Justice Bora Laskin, has been established by the University of Toronto to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian labour law.
Oct 15, 2019

"Fairtube" and the like: Labour Rights for Digital Platform Workers - Monday, October 7

Dr. Eva Kocher C*LLaS Centre for Interdisciplinary Labour Law Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt, Germany will facilitate a seminar discussing social protection of digital platform workers.
Oct 02, 2019

Designing Reality: The Third Digital Revolution

Two digital revolutions – computing and communication – have radically transformed our economy and lives. A third digital revolution is here: fabrication. While digital fabrication promises us self-sufficient cities and the ability to make (almost) anything, it could also lead to massive inequality. The first two digital revolutions caught most of the world flat-footed; thanks to Designing Reality that won’t be true this time.
Oct 02, 2019

Towards a New Politics of Migration

A new politics of migration must make connections not only between migrants and citizens, but also between migration and other global processes, particularly the outsourcing and the exploitation of labour and resources in the global south.
Oct 02, 2019

Join us as we celebrate Wayne Lewchuk's retirement!

Friday September 27th from 3:00-5:00pm in the Great Hall at the University Club.
Sep 23, 2019

Welcome to Dr. Wu!

The School of Labour Studies at McMaster University is thrilled to welcome Dr. Tommy Wu as the newest member of our faculty. Dr. Wu begins his position with us as Assistant Professor of Labour Studies on October 15, 2019.
Sep 18, 2019