Centre for Labour Studies

Centre for Labour Studies

Centre for Labour Studies


What is Labour Studies?

Labour Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study distinguished by its focus on work and workers’ organizations. Work is central to one’s life. Our work determines how we spend many of our waking hours and it largely defines our position in society, our economic well-being, and our self-image. It also defines the nature of our society and economy.   Labour market restructuring, union-management relations, labour law, union politics, working class culture, labour history, and the pursuit of equity and diversity in the workplace are some of the issues that stimulate teaching and research in the Centre for Labour Studies.
 
Labour Studies provides excellent preparation for a range of meaningful, rewarding, and interesting careers.
Organizing/Social Justice                   Law/policy                   Education/Training                            Labour Relations
 
Many different kinds of organizations hire Labour Studies graduates:
  • Unions and Employee Associations
  • Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Boards and Tribunals at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels
  • Private Corporations
  • Labour, Employment Service, and Dispute Resolution Firms
  • Research Centres, Public Service Organizations, and “think tanks”
  • Social and Community Groups
  • Universities and Colleges
 
Jobs for Labour Studies graduates include:
  • Researcher                                                 
  • Labour Relations Officer
  • Workplace/Safety Inspector                        
  • Mediator
  • Campaigns Coordinator                               
  • Policy Analyst/Advisor
  • Government Relations Officer                     
  • Arbitrator
  • Human Resources Manager/Advisor            
  • Media Relations
  • Trainer/Instructor/Adult Educator               
  • Organizer
  • International Solidarity Representative        
  • Labour Journalist
  • Union/Association Staff Representative      
  • Ergonomic Specialist
  • Employment Equity Coordinator                  
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Health and Safety Specialist                       
  • Employee Benefits Manager
  • Staff Development Coordinator                   
  • Employment Counselor
  • Workers' Compensation Specialist               
  • Equity Assessor/Advisor
  • Dispute Resolution Specialist                      
  • Grievance Officer
  • Labour Economist                                      
  • Compensation Officer
  • Negotiator                                                 
  • Labour Historian
  • Labour Lawyer* requires law degree
                     

 

 

 

 

 
 

*graphics courtesy of Niagara Artists Centre, photos courtesy of CAW Local 199