Despite hard-fought gains over the years, the Canadian labour movement knows that it is not a time to stand still and be complacent.
That was evident at the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) plenary session at Congress 2014 on Thursday, entitled “The past, present and future of work and labour studies.”
In her wide-ranging talk, Stephanie Ross, founding president of CAWLS and a political science professor at York University, said there “has been a real thirst for progressive research” but that it has been “a struggle to get labour studies into universities and to keep them there.”
Joining Ross on the panel were Bryan Palmer of Trent University and Winnie Ng of Ryerson University.
Ross said that existing university programs – many developed in the 1960s at a time of rank and file...