Labour Studies

Almost all monographs and periodicals are in the English language, with some in French.
To provide the materials necessary to support the undergraduate course instruction, instruction at the certificate level, the new interdisciplinary M.A. Programme in Work and Society, the new research institute "Workers in a Global Society" (WIGS) and the research activities of the Faculty in the areas of labour and society.
All relevant material from Canada in French and English is acquired. A significant portion of material published in the United States is acquired and some from European, Mexican and British sources. Material from other areas is not heavily acquired.

Material from all periods in time are acquired.

  • Books; Primarily currently produced, with a small number of reprints or out-of-print titles with particular historical interest.
  • Periodicals; Relevant periodicals are subscribed to and in particular the increasing number of specialist publications on labour relations, labour law and labour news.
  • Government Documents; Official publications from Canada and other countries are an important source of information.
  • Union Papers; Where possible, union newspapers, both current and historical, are collected.
  • Archives; Archival material from Canadian unions and other organizations are acquired where possible.


History of the Labour Movement (A)

      Mainly Canadian history from the eighteenth century on is collected but also some material from other industrialized and industrializing countries is also collected. The focus is on trade unions, political parties, government policy and labour culture.


Theory of the Labour Movement (A)

      Works attempting to explain the evolution of the labour movement, the strategies adopted and the role of labour in an industrial society.


Current Labour Issues (A)

      Material on issues such as pay and employment equity, technical change, social unionism and free trade etc.


Occupational Health and Safety (A)

      Includes the history and practice of hazards at work and means of avoiding them.


Women, Work and Trade Unionism (A)

      A growing field of study on the relationship between women and industrial society, the unique challenges confronted by women in the world of work and their participation in trade unions.


Comparative Industrial Relations (B)

      Main focus is the United States and Western Europe, although material from other areas is collected.


Economics of Trade Unions (B)

      Includes theory and empirical studies. Will overlap with Economics Department.


Union Organizing and Social Movement Unionism (B)

      Includes new scholarship on social movements (may overlap with Political Science) and alternative modes of collective representation for marginalized and contingent workers.


Work and Society (B)

      New strategic research area.

Arts and Social Sciences