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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

Labour Studies Visiting Speaker Series: Dr. Flora Renz

University of Kent lecturer in law, Flora Renz's, research is concerned with the legal regulation of (trans)gender identities and sexuality in society and broader questions focusing on the interface between structural inequalities, law, gender, sexuality and emotions.
Aug 23, 2019

It’s a long, long game: Judy Fudge on improving workers’ rights

Who’s going to say, “Well, I oppose those laws against modern slavery!” Labour scholar Judy Fudge warns that laws targeting "modern slavery" often draw attention away from deeper labour problems that put workers at risk.
Aug 12, 2019

Mapping the Void: Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Experiences in Hamilton

Members of Hamilton's Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Communities are invited to a free event to launch the final report from the Hamilton LGBTQ+ Needs Assessment Research! Tuesday, June 11, 7 to 9 p.m. at Mills Hardware.
Jun 10, 2019

Suzanne Mills named University Scholar

Labour Studies professor Suzanne Mills is one of six McMaster professors that have been named 2019 University Scholars, an award that recognizes the achievements of mid-career researchers.
May 14, 2019

Social Sciences students recognized with 100 individual awards and scholarships

On behalf of the Faculty of Social Sciences, we wish to extend our warmest congratulations to all of the recipients in our Faculty of Social Sciences academic awards. You, your family and friends should be proud of your accomplishments.
Apr 04, 2019

Social Sciences Career Crawl: February 25 – March 22

A series of career events featuring alumni, profs, workshops, panels & more! Open to all Social Sciences students.
Mar 18, 2019