This course focuses on the changing place and definition of workers in modern Canadian society. It surveys the hard years of the Great Depression, workers' contributions to the Second World War, the rise and consolidation of the labour movement, and changing patterns of political action by workers. It examines the creation of a modern industrial relations system, legislative measures affecting workers on the job and during strikes and collective bargaining, the emergence of public sector employees and their negotiations, changing gender roles in the workforce, work experiences of immigrant workers, and Canadian workers' changing position in the global economy.
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