Anti-Unionism in Canada, Part 2, ft. Stephanie Ross

46:13
 
Share
 

Manage episode 287288720 series 2850347
By Aaron Giovannone. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Donate to the show: https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=7353597

This is part 2 of my discussion with Dr. Stephanie Ross, associate professor and director of the School of Labour Studies at McMaster University. She is author, co-author and co-editor of several works on Canadian labour and unions, including Building a Better World: An Introduction to the Labour Movement in Canada (Fernwood, 2015) and Labour Under Attack Anti-Unionism in Canada (Fernwood, 2018).

In this second part of the interview, we talk about life within unions in more detail, especially about the inequalities that unions sometimes reproduce while trying to protect workers’ interests. Seniority is an example of this, a principle that guides layoffs, pay, promotion, etc. Seniority is key to disrupting the bosses’ power to arbitrarily dismiss employees, but it also disproportionately impacts younger workers who are the least able to shoulder the costs of layoffs.

And as a couple of professors, we can’t help but talk about the crazily unequal workplace that is the contemporary university, where faculty unions have tolerated or accepted differential tiers of employment—the famous distinction between tenured faculty and sessional/adjunct faculty. It’s a corrosive situation that undermines worker solidarity.

This is episode 10 of Sweater Weather with Aaron Giovannone.

Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bePatron?u=7353597

Visit the Website: https://www.sweaterweatherpod.com/

Follow on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_hDI1JSCAvcs7ZWoFRIASA

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/canadiansweater

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/canadiansweater

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/canadian.sweater/

Follow Aaron Giovannone on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SincerityCity

15 episodes