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The cruel trade-off at your local produce aisle

Every year, migrant workers come to Canada to pick the fruits and vegetables we take for granted. They aren't paid well and get none of the benefits they pay into. Don MacLean Wells, Professor Emeritus, Labour Studies and Political Science and Janet McLaughlin Associate Professor of Health Studies, Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, argue that it's time to treat them fairly.

Jan 17, 2018

Tim Hortons faces protests over employee benefit cuts

CBC's the National turned to Labour Studies Professor, Stephanie Ross for commentary on the challenges of unionizing the fast food industry. Her interview touches on the issues of union avoidance, our current labour legislation and the importance of good collective agreements.

Jan 11, 2018

North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress to take place in Hamilton, Ontario from May 24-27, 2018

Save the dates! The 17th Annual North American Basic Income Congress (NABIG) will be held May 24-27 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Oct 05, 2017

Welcome Dr. Geraldina Polanco

School of Labour Studies welcomes Dr. Geraldina Polanco

Jul 18, 2017

Canada may be undercounting auto employment

Brendan Sweeney, Project Manager, Automotive Policy Research Centre, School of Labour Studies, has released a report analyzing thousands of public government filings for hundreds of business over the last two years that gives a more accurate picture of the Canadian auto industry.

May 10, 2017

Summer course: Work and Racism

Looking to pick up a course this summer? LABRST 2J03 - Work and Racism. Classes start Tues. June 20. Last day for enrolment Fri. June 23

Apr 28, 2017

McMaster researcher helping internationally trained scholar pursue her passion for research

McMaster researcher Stephanie Premji is working with internationally educated researcher and Insight Immigrant Scholar Momtaz Begum to build the networks and skills Begum needs to transition into a research career in Canada.

Apr 26, 2017

Windsor now home to Canada's largest manufacturing workplace

FCA Canada’s Windsor Assembly Plant has grown into Canada’s single-biggest manufacturing facility by employment, and Windsor-Essex has morphed into the country’s automotive “epicentre,” according to a new report.

Apr 25, 2017

Labour Studies Visiting Speaker: Janice Martell

50 Guinea Pigs, 13 Rabbits, 20,000 Miners: The McIntyre Powder Experiment - Janice Martell, Founder, McIntyre Powder Project, Sudbury ON, March 23, 2017, 2:30-4:30pm L.R. Wilson Hall 1003

Mar 07, 2017

The Rise of Precarity

Published in Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation magazine, Education Matters (February 23, 2017), by Stephanie Ross. Understanding and navigating the emerging economic and social (dis)order

Mar 02, 2017

If Ontario is to prosper, the government must improve conditions for precarious worker

The School of Labour Studies Wayne Lewchuk gives his opinion on the province’s precarious-work situation and points out the limits of labour law.

Jan 30, 2017

Cami Ingersoll slashing 600 jobs, moving Terrain production to Mexico

School of Labour Studies auto-industry expert Brendan Sweeney (Automotive Policy Research Centre) was interviewed about GM laying off 600 workers at its Ingersoll plant in the The London Free Press, on CTV National News, CTV News Network, and CBC's The National.

Jan 27, 2017

'It could go on ... forever': Chronicle Herald strike hits 1-year mark

Labour Studies professor Stephanie Ross comments on the longest strike in Nova Scotia in a decade in a recent article by CBC News.

Jan 24, 2017

Commute from Hell

How are people affected when commute times become almost as long as a work shift? Labour Studies professor Stephanie Premji's discusses the impact of stressful commuting on work, home, and family life on the Jan. 9 episode of CBC Radio's Ideas On the Move .

Jan 09, 2017

McMaster launches PhD in Labour Studies

“This is a very exciting time for us in Labour Studies at McMaster,” says Robert Storey, Director of the School of Labour Studies. “We started with a BA in 1981. Added an Honours BA in 1988 and a Masters in Work and Society in 1999. Our new PhD helps cement our status as the premier place to study labour studies in Canada.”

Nov 23, 2016

Congratulations to our most recent Work & Society MA grads

On Thursday, November 17, 2016 graduates of McMaster University's School of Labour Studies Work & Society Master of Arts Program took the stage a Hamilton Place for their convocation ceremony. Congratulations to the class of 2016. Job well done!

Nov 21, 2016

Seminar | The Rise of the Intern Economy

Marco Marrone, Doctoral Candidate, University of Bologna, Italy, Thursday, November 24, 1:30-3:30PM, L.R. Wilson Hall room 1056

Nov 09, 2016

More than $1.5B in Canadian auto investments will reverse fortunes: Unifor

Labour Studies Brendan Sweeney, Project Manager, Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC), talks to CTV about the Unifor / FordCanada tentative agreement

Nov 01, 2016

Open House - M.A .in Work & Society

Interested in applying to do your Master's in Work & Society? Meet current and former M.A. students and faculty at the Labour Studies OPEN HOUSE: Thurs., Nov. 10, 3-4:30 pm in KTH-709 Monster Donuts, pizza & soft drinks available.

Oct 31, 2016

Request a Public Lecture (for free!)

Labour Studies faculty members offer the following free public lectures to community groups, labour organizations and other interested groups. If you are interested, please contact the faculty member directly.

Oct 05, 2016

Unifor concession on pension plans 'worrisome' trend

McMaster Labour Studies Professor Dr. Stephanie Ross talks to the Windsor about the problem with two-tier pension plans

Sep 22, 2016