Work & Labour Studies

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Work and Labour Studies (WKLS) is an interdisciplinary program focused on this rapidly changing world of work and its impact on workers. Placing contemporary developments into historical perspective, Work and Labour Studies critically examines the organization and experience of paid and unpaid labour, labour markets, education and training, labour and employment law, collective bargaining, public policies on work and the economy, occupational health and safety, workplace equity, working class culture and communities, and the labour movement. Given its location in Toronto, Canada’s most diverse city, the program pays special attention to the experiences of different groups of workers.

Work and Labour Studies also places particular emphasis on the role that workers, unions, and other social justice movements have played in making workplaces, communities, and political and economic life, in general, more democratic, representative and egalitarian. By critically exploring both historical and contemporary efforts to improve work, Work and Labour Studies hopes to inspire students to intervene in their workplaces and communities, so that everyone can benefit from the world of work.

Study in the program opens students up to multiple opportunities for research and engagement, including experiential forms of learning that allow students to extend and apply knowledge from classroom study in practical ways outside of it in the form of internships, studies abroad, field trips, field research and service-learning projects. The Work and Labour Studies Program prepares students for employment in the labour movement, private industry, community and advocacy groups, public service in Canada and internationally, journalism, public or private administration, social work, law, teaching and many more careers.


Recent News and Events

MARCH 2020

From March 06-08, a group of students and faculty visited Ottawa


Poster for Linda McQuaig book talk

Linda McQuaig book talk November 28, 14:30-16:30, 109 Atkinson.

Read the Yfile story.



Work and Labour Studies Students are invited to come out to form this year's Work and Labour Studies Student Association (WLSSA). We will be meeting on Monday, November 4 at 13:00 in North Ross 829. The meeting will run for approximately 30-45 mins. The purpose of the meeting is to elect students to serve on the executive and have an initial discussion of what the Association would like to do this year. It is also a great opportunity to develop leadership skills. There are four positions available (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary). Hope to see you there, Professor Nastovski
GLSS Book Launch Change and Continuity

GLSS Book Launch Change and Continuity

The Global Labour Speaker Series welcomes one and all to their latest book launch on Wednesday, October 23 from 16:30-18:30 at Kaneff Tower 519. Links to the event poster and Eventbrite registration.


Read Carlo Fanelli's Huffington Post op-ed "Leaders Serious About Tackling Low-Wage Work Should Embrace Unions".

Join us for our annual Meet & Greet on September 30 from 11:30-13:00 in 701 Ross South. See poster for more information

MAY 2019

Read the Press Progress article "Lower Wages, Less Job Security: More Than 2 Million Canadians Worked in Temporary Jobs Last Year" authored by WKLS program coordinator Carlo Fanelli. 

Read the Policy Options article "So much for ‘austerity-light’ in Ontario" co-authored by WKLS program coordinator Carlo Fanelli. 

APRIL 2019

We have a new general e-mail address:

MARCH 2019

On March 14 the program held its Inaugural Undergraduate Conference. Check out the photos and poster.

Follow this link for more WKLS news and events.