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Conference of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS)



Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to Thursday, June 2, 2016


See pages 46-47 in the Congress Guide

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About the conference

This year, CAWLS centers around the theme, "Re-energizing communities: Building worker solidarity and social justice." Some of the questions and issues that will be tackled during the conference include: How do workers engage with environmental and Indigenous communities? How have workers and labour movements aligned with local, national, and international social justice movements? How can labour build solidarity with migrant and immigrant communities in Canada and across borders? What work needs to be done to re-energize working-class communities?

The Congress theme, “Energizing Communities” seeks to engage our collective interest in how communities are organized, how they respond to social change and how we build alliances with like-minded groups. For CAWLS, “energizing communities” includes examining workers in the natural resources sectors, the role of the environment within the class struggle, and how labour builds alliances with other groups, including Indigenous communities.

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  • Subject areas: solidarity with Indigenous communities; the consequences of resource extraction in the global north and south; labour-environmental justice alliances; living wage research and campaigns; gendered and racialized nature of neoliberalism.
  • Preliminary program (PDF): download it here (updated 2016-04-22)
  • Final program (PDF): n/a
  • President's reception: Thursday, June 2, 2016



Only those people who are registered for Congress 2016 and have added the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS, #305) to their Congress registration may attend this conference. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.

About the association

For more information about membership or this conference, please contact the association directly at the contacts listed below.

  • Program Chair: Charles Smith, St. Thomas More College
  • Local Arrangement Coordinator: Andrew Stevens, University of Regina
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