The Congress theme, “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands” seeks to engage our collective interest reflecting on the past 150 years in Canada as we look to the next 150. Building on this theme, CAWLS 2017 aims to promote discussions of the past, present, and future of work, labour, and labour studies, both within and beyond Canada. This raises a wide range of interdisciplinary themes, including the dynamics and implications of diversity and inclusion/exclusion, the role of institutions, the politics of labour, and strategies for improving and transforming work.
Our various panels will engage with the following select questions and much more:
- Who has counted as a ‘worker’ historically, and who counts now? How have racialization, gender, sexuality, class, age, and ability shaped the politics of labour in Canada, and what are their implications for the future of the labour movement?
- Has our conception of work changed much over the past 150 years? How does a focus on social reproduction and care work change how we understand both the past and the future of work?
- A key ideological, political, and cultural reference point is the so-called ‘Golden Age of Capitalism’ from 1945 to 1975 or so. How ‘golden’ was it? And what can be learned from this critical period?
- Since 1867 working-class movements within Canada have transformed and been transformed by macro-level events. What does this long memory teach us about the prospects for working-class politics and the future role and shape of trade unions in Canada?
- Has the normalization of precarity as a feature of the labour market forced a sufficient re-thinking of the labour market institutions, working-class politics or labour organizing that have developed over the last 150 years? What can we learn from other struggles around the world?
- How does the distribution of power between the federal and provincial government affect the construction a coherent labour policy in the 21st century?
- How does intersectional analysis inform the study of work and of labour movements? How is it informing the contemporary labour movement in ways that build more inclusive working-class communities, organizations, and struggles?
- What are the dynamics of continuity and change in terms of immigration, migration, and work?
- How do workers and trade unions engage with environmental movements and issues? What are the links to the historic struggle for occupational and community health and safety protection and regulation? What are the future prospects for labour-environmental justice alliances? What are the implications of de-growth politics for labour?
- What is the relationship between workers, unions, and Indigenous communities and how might connections be strengthened?
- How has labour internationalism changed over time, and what kinds of challenges and strategies will shape the future of labour internationalism?
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10:00 - 12:00- 150 years of workers' struggles within Canada and beyond: Legacies of the past and trajectories for the future
12:00 - 13:10- Return performance of "Life on the Line: Women Strike at Eaton’s 1984-85"
8:30 - 10:30- Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change
13:30 - 14:30- Trump, right-wing authoritarianism and the future of the labor movement
the history and politics of work and labour; innovations in trade union and community-based organizing; the future of labour.
Bryan M. Evans, Ryerson University
John M. Shields, Ryerson University