Labour & Unions

  • Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada, 2nd ed.

    Edited by Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage     Forthcoming October 2021

    This updated multidisciplinary collection of essays explores the strategic political possibilities and challenges facing the Canadian labour movement in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Papergirl

    By Melinda McCracken  With Penelope Jackson     May 2019

    Ten-year-old Cassie lives with her working-class family in 1919 Winnipeg. The Great War and Spanish Influenza have taken their toll, and workers in the city are frustrated with low wages and long hours. When they orchestrate a general strike, Cassie — bright, determined and very bored at school — desperately wants to help.

    A Roseway Book
  • Magnificent Fight

    The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

    By Dennis Lewycky     April 2019

    Far from a simple retelling of the General Strike, Magnificent Fight speaks to the power of workers’ solidarity and social organization. The book reveals the length the capitalist class and the state went to in protecting the status quo.

  • Cracking Labour’s Glass Ceiling

    Transforming Lives through Women’s Union Education

    By Cindy Hanson, Adriane Paavo and Sisters in Labour Education     March 2019

    This original collection is a vibrant, modern history of women-only labour education events.

  • Walmart

    Diary of an Associate

    By Hugo Meunier     March 2019

    In 2012, journalist Hugo Meunier went undercover as a Walmart employee for three months in St. Leonard, Quebec, just north of Montreal. In great detail, Meunier charts the daily life of an impoverished Walmart worker, referring to his shifts at the box store giant as “somewhere between the army and Walt Disney.”

  • Sick and Tired

    Health and Safety Inequalities

    Edited by Stephanie Premji     October 2018

    Bringing together a multidisciplinary group of experts from the fields of labour studies, public health, ergonomics, epidemiology, sociology and law, Sick and Tired examines the inequalities in workplace health and safety.

  • Labour Under Attack

    Anti-Unionism in Canada

    Edited by Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage     April 2018

    This multi-disciplinary edited collection critically examines the causes and effects of anti-unionism in Canada. Primarily through a series of case studies, the book’s contributors document and expose the tactics and strategies of employers and anti-labour governments while also interrogating some of the labour movement’s own practices as a source of anti-union sentiment among workers.

  • Precarious Employment

    Causes, Consequences and Remedies

    By Stephanie Procyk, Wayne Lewchuk and John Shields     December 2017

    This edited collection introduces and explores the causes and consequences of precarious employment in Canada and across the world.

  • Migrant Workers and the City

    Generation Now

    By Huang Chuanhui  Foreword by Henry Veltmeyer  Translated by Anna Beare     September 2016

    In this refreshingly open and enlightening book we hear the stories and hopes for the future from the people who live in the basements of cities across China.

  • Building a Better World, 3rd Edition

    An Introduction to the Labour Movement in Canada, 3rd Edition

    By Stephanie Ross, Larry Savage, Errol Black and Jim Silver     August 2015

    “Since it was first published, Building a Better World has been the best available book to introduce readers to unions in Canada. … With workers and unions facing increasingly severe attacks from employers and governments, this new version is most welcome.” — David Camfield, University of Manitoba, author of Canadian Labour in Crisis