Event: Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) Conference - Rethinking the Future of Employment: Towards Institutions and Practices for a New Era, June 5-7, 2019

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Conference dates:
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 to Friday, June 7, 2019

UBC Sauder will host the 56th annual Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) conference from June 5-7, 2019 as part of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences taking place at the University of British Columbia from June 1-7, 2019. The conference will bring together scholars, students, policymakers, and labour relations practitioners from across Canada and the globe on issues of work and employment relations.

Across Canada and abroad, the advent of the gig economy, platform organizations, and artificial intelligence are transforming social relations in workplaces by disrupting institutions and practices governing work and employment. The recent rise in protectionism is also creating economic uncertainty. How does the questioning of free trade as exemplified by the renegotiation of NAFTA, leading to the USMCA, create positive or negative implications for labour and employment?

At the same time, vulnerable groups within the workforce including low skilled workers, people working for agencies or subcontractors, temporary foreign workers, and recent immigrants continue to face significant barriers within the labour market. The conference will tackle how governments and unions can protect these groups and advocate on their behalf, and will examine some best practices to support inclusivity and equity for these groups, as well as ensure that they have the necessary supports to succeed in the labour market and gain access to better jobs. CIRA attendees will contemplate these questions and consider how companies, unions, and policymakers can respond to these transformations in the employment relationship.

Please join us for our CIRA open keynote event on June 5th at 5:00pm at the UBC Sauder School of Business (HA 098) featuring Nelson Lichtenstein (UC-Santa Barbara) who will deliver the keynote presentation entitled “Can Sectorial Bargaining Save the American Labor Movement?” Alexander Colvin (Cornell University) and Sara Slinn (York University) will comment on the keynote presentation.

To attend this conference, register for Congress and add CIRA #31 in Section 3 of the registration form: