New issue of York-based journal examines challenges facing workers

The latest issue of the online journal Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society is now available. The journal, which was launched in 2002, is an initiative of York’s Centre for Research on Work & Society (CRWS). Just Labour – which seeks to explore issues related to the volatile transformation of the Canadian workplace – is directed at a readership of academics, trade unionists, community activists, researchers, policy makers and students.

This issue of Just Labour includes articles that examine the changing nature of work, as well as strategies designed to improve working conditions in the contemporary context of employment insecurity. Contributors provide insight into new developments in labour law, advocacy programs for women workers in male-dominated workplaces and the potential to counter precarious employment through worker cooperatives.

Among the contributors are University of Victoria law Professor Judy Fudge; Athabasca University labour studies Professor Bob Barnetson; Laval University labour relations Professor Anthony Gould; Julia Woodhall, a sociology PhD student at the University of Waterloo, and Belinda Leach, a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Guelph; Amanda Wilson, a PhD student in sociology at Carleton University; and Evelyn Encalada Grez, a graduate research associate with York’s International Secretariat for Human Development.

CRWS was established in 1990 to address issues facing workers arising from the volatile transformation of the Canadian workplace. Just Labour, which was launched in 2002, reflects this tradition as the journal’s readers and contributors bridge both the academic and union research communities.

Just Labour’s contributors explore the complex ways new technologies, subcontracting, new management strategies and self-employment are undermining traditional employee-employer relationships. Its mandate includes investigating how union action is challenged by the international integration of capital, the proliferation of precarious employment and the increasingly anti-union practices of employers and the state.

The editorial committee, led by Noreen Pupo, editor-in-chief and CRWS director, looks for articles that address the culture and activities of Canadian workers and their unions as they face new challenges, and that bring the work of leading academics and trade union researchers to a broad readership in popular, accessible language.

Read the latest issue or see submission guidelines at Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society, or get more information on CRWS at the Centre for Research on Work & Society website.