Precarious Employment

B.C. NDP's Pledge To Raise Minimum Wage Sets Example For Nation

Jerry Dias | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

In British Columbia, where the race for the May 9 provincial election is heating up, the NDP has called for a $15 minimum wage in the province by 2021. This is a good move, and one that progressive people across Canada should get behind.

The Middle Class I Grew Up With Is Gone. But We Can Bring It Back

Charlie Angus | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Justin Trudeau is perpetuating a myth about the middle class. In reality, it has devolved into a new working class that is both white collar and blue collar - a world defined by massive levels of student debt, sky-high housing prices and the perpetual cycle of short-term contract work without benefits.

Precarious Work Creates A Cycle Of Fear And Instability

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Business
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Last week, Finance Minister Bill Morneau warned young Canadians that they should get used to what is known as "job churn" -- short-term employment, with many career changes. Recent reports seem to be supporting his claims.

We Must All Push Back Against Precarious Work

Jerry Dias | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

This is the best educated generation in this country's history. They have done all the right things. They've gone to school. They got good marks, did volunteer work to fill out their resumes and in return students and their families are drowning in sky-rocketing debt. And yet, it seems the best our economy can offer them is precarious work marked by contract jobs, low wages, uncertain shifts and no benefits.

We Need A New Approach To Funding Poverty Reduction

Rachel Gray | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Gray

Canada's largest city has a world-class problem with poverty, and yet we hope that maybe, just maybe, it will go away. Rest assured it's not. Far from an old-school approach to budgeting, we need leadership and new approaches to revenue generation unless we want to be paying for the growing costs of poverty for years to come.

As a Full-Time Professor, I Support My Colleagues Who Went on Strike

Kate T. Lawson | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Business
Kate T. Lawson

The ongoing strikes at York University and the University of Toronto have prompted a variety of thoughtful and insightful examinations of the state of university education in Ontario. In particular, the conversation around the changing nature of academic work and the plight of contract faculty is essential to the future of our universities. Unfortunately, an incorrect -- and harmful -- idea has crept into some of the recent coverage: that the relatively good working conditions of full-timers are to blame for the frankly awful conditions of those working on contract.

University Students and Grads Are Using Food Banks More Than Ever

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The need for food support does not, however, stop with students under the age of 18. Post-secondary and recent university graduates are one of the fastest growing groups of food bank users across the province. With growing tuition rates, on campus living accommodations, and money for textbooks it's no surprise the wallets of students are being stretched to the limits.

Sunny Freeman

Temporary Jobs Are Canada's Future: Report | Sunny Freeman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada Business

A pronounced shift toward temporary gigs and unstable positions could become the new normal for this generation as demand for short-term workers rises...

Premiers Must Reject Low-Wage Agenda, Focus on Good Jobs

Sid Ryan | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business
Sid Ryan

In Canada and Ontario we currently face many labour market challenges, including the rise of precarious work, growing numbers of migrant workers, cuts to employment insurance and cuts to job training programs for vulnerable workers. We hope the new Premier will situate Ontario as a leader among the provinces and territories and will address these challenges head-on.

This Industry Is a Labour Trap

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Business
Adam Kingsmith

Time and again, those of us barely scraping by on precarious appointments in the service industry are fed the same exhausted occupational rhetoric: "Prosperity in the 'new economy' requires flexibility and sacrifice on the part of the labour force." Translation -- welcome to the precarious labour trap.

Give Us a Break: Generation Y and Precarious Work

Jodie Shupac | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Jodie Shupac

it's the state of the current labour market that has triggered much of this Millennial stereotyping. We're often pegged as lazy, unwilling to commit to a stable, full-time job because it means forsaking our supposedly cherished sense of freedom and flexibility. But in reality, so many of us 20 and 30-somethings in Canada and elsewhere have had to struggle to find any job, let alone one that offers secure, full-time hours, pays decently or offers any sort of benefits; this "freedom" has not been chosen, but flung upon us unwittingly.

The Case For Paid Interns

John Laforet | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada Business
John Laforet

Unpaid internships are in the news again as a result of a groundbreaking study on precarious employment in Ontario. There are a number of factors that play into the decision to pay an intern (or not), of course. That said, greed is ultimately the common denominator that business leaders share when determining whether to create paid or unpaid internships.

Jobs Becoming More 'Precarious'

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new report says a growing number of adult workers in the Toronto and Hamilton areas are going without stable paycheques and benefits such ...