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Interrogating the Union Politics of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: A Roundtable Discussion

Labour Studies Speaker Series Winter 2022 - Tuesday, January 18, 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET. - Video enclosed
Jan 13, 2022

October 25th: Caught in the Carceral Web: Anti-Trafficking Laws and Policies and their Impact on Migrant Sex Workers

Join us as we present the findings of an evidence-based research report which maps the tangled web of Canadian anti-trafficking laws and policies, and investigates their impact on migrant sex workers.
Oct 19, 2021

In the News: Stephanie Ross on the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts to the labour movement

Stephanie Ross, Director of the School of Labour Studies at McMaster, was recently interviewed for a Reuters article about the move to form a union at an Amazon fulfillment centre in Alberta.
Sep 27, 2021

The School of Labour Studies is now open 3 days a week on campus

The School of Labour Studies are back on campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Hours and specific staff contacts are below.
Sep 08, 2021

The advantages of unionization are obvious, so why don’t more workers join unions?

Stephanie Ross , Associate Professor, Labour Studies, McMaster University and Larry Savage, Professor, Labour Studies, Brock University have been featured in The Conversation.
Aug 05, 2021

Dr. Judy Fudge, 2020 recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant Award

Professor Judy Fudge has been chosen as a 2020 recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant Award
Jun 15, 2021

Survey shows some bosses are using the pandemic as an excuse to push workers

Stephanie Ross of the School of Labour Studies and Wayne Lewchuk, Professor Emeritus School of Labour Studies and Department of Economics, McMaster University, have been published in The Conversation.
May 06, 2021

McMaster study looks at how pandemic has affected Bangladeshi workers

A community-based study led by McMaster University seeks to highlight the systemic health and safety issues facing Bangladeshi workers as racialized groups continue to disproportionately represent COVID-19 cases. Originally published in the Hamilton Spectator on March 24th, 2021 by Vjosa Isai
Mar 24, 2021

Migrant workers need priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine

An op-ed by Fay Faraday, Judy Fudge, Jill Hanley, Janet McLaughlin, Chris Ramsaroop, Ethel Tungohan and Anelyse Weiler. Originally published in the Globe & Mail.
Feb 24, 2021

Can You Hear Me Now? A virtual book launch and discussion with former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes

On February 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m., join former MP, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, as she reflects on her road to politics, her time in the Trudeau government, and the barriers and challenges that she encountered as a racialized woman in parliament.
Feb 04, 2021

Job Advertisement: Tenure-Track/Tenured, Assistant/Associate Professors

McMaster University is pleased to announce a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties. McMaster seeks candidates whose scholarship and scholarly work forefronts or contributes to any of the following disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research.
Dec 04, 2020

McMaster Global Virtual Showcase: Genevieve LeBaron - Combatting Modern Slavery

A conversation with Genevieve LeBaron, author of Combatting Modern Slavery: Why Labour Governance is Failing and What We Can do About It: November 13th, 2020 11 AM - Noon
Nov 05, 2020

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