John Peters and Don WellsFeb 17, 2023
Canadian Labour Policy and Politics
University of British Columbia Press 2022
For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has awakened them to the dangers attendant to a lot of the working conditions in society today—for others, it has made what they already knew to be the dangers of their workplaces and of a tattered social safety net all the more perilous. In Canadian Labour Policy and Politics (UBC Press, 2022) co-editors John Peters and Don Wells bring together a number of field-leading scholars in Canadian Labour Studies to situate the social abandonment of workers in both its longue durée and in its most acute contemporary manifestations. Most importantly, though, they also highlight the growing capacities of community unionism, as a strategy for building worker power across the multiple intersections of race, gender, nationality, (dis)ability, in order to challenge corporate power and build democratic alternatives. I sit down with co-editor Don Wells to discuss this rich and deeply accessible text.
Phil Henderson is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Carleton University’s Institute of Political Economy where his research interests focus on the interrelations between Indigenous land/water defenders and organized labour in what’s presently known as Canada. More information can be found at his personal website.