Author: John Peters

John Peters is an associate professor of Labour Studies at Laurentian University. He is a critical social scientist with research interests in economic globalization, inequality, labour market deregulation, democratic politics, and union renewal.

  • Struggles at Home: The Canadian State, Labour, and Politics

    Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy – Session 1 This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. More information here. Session 1 was moderated and introduced by Byron Sheldrick (University of Guelph). Presentations by: Chris Roberts – Canadian Labour Congress Rosemary Warskett – Carleton University … Watch video »

  • Ontario Colleges On Strike

    More than 12,000 Ontario public college faculty were on the picket line rather than in their classrooms on Monday morning after talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council failed to produce a tentative collective agreement. “On October 14, we presented Council with a streamlined offer that represented what … Keep reading »

  • Strike Vote at Laurentian University

    In the latest turmoil in the Canadian university sector, faculty at Laurentian University are now on strike. At the core is the longstanding vices of the neoliberal university – underfunding, lack of hiring faculty, commercialization and privatization, and the hiring of a vast bureaucracy of private managers in the ceaseless efforts to benchmark, marketize and … Keep reading »

  • The Rise of Finance

    Toronto — 6 December 2013. Pension Funds, Unions, and Working Class Strategies – session 5: What role for unions and pension funds? One of the emerging features of the neoliberal landscape has been what many have come to label “financialization.” What do the “rise of finance” and financialization mean for trade unions, and especially those that name … Watch video »

  • Too little too late? The State of the Canadian Labour Movement Today

    Standing in a crowd of a few thousand auto workers, their families, and union and community allies rallying outside General Motors’ Oshawa truck plant in June, I couldn’t help but think, “Way too little. Way too ineffective. Probably way too late.” In my more pessimistic moments, I wonder if this isn’t true of the situation … Keep reading »

  • ‘Dare Anyone Say a Word?’: The CLC Convention of 2008

    There is always something unsettling about people who say one thing and do another. There is for one thing the hypocrisy. Then, there is the uncertainty. It only takes a few disappointments to sow the seeds of doubt about whether you can ever trust a person’s judgement again or whether you can ever expect them … Keep reading »

  • The Charming Cynicism of the ‘Third Way’

    The McGuinty-Sorbara Victory and the Problems for Ontario Even though it was the first time in over seventy years that a Liberal premier had won two straight majorities in Ontario, Dalton McGuinty’s victory wasn’t much of a surprise. Going into the election all the pollsters were predicting a close race and even a possible minority government. … Keep reading »

  • The Wrong Way to Boost Jobs and Incomes

    In the early 1990s, with rising unemployment and widespread economic recession, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) began to analyse unemployment, job growth, and labour market policies, and to push a rather malicious theory which they call the ‘jobs/unemployment trade-off’ in order to justify all kinds of … Keep reading »