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Book launch: Rising Up

Monday, March 29, 2021 / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Rising Up: The Fight for Living Wage Work in Canada edited by Bryan Evans, Carlo Fanelli, and Tom McDowell (UBC Press), shows how living wage movements have transformed, or are campaigning to transform, labour policy in Canada and stimulated broader public debate about income and social inequality.

Canada has one of the highest rates of low-wage work among advanced industrial economies. In a labour market characterized by the ongoing fallout from COVID-19, deepening income inequality, increasingly uncertain job tenure, and weakened union representation, the living wage movement offers a response. Contributors to this collection of essays examine union- and community-based approaches to organizing in marginalized communities, the role of social reproduction, migrant labour, and media (mis)representations, among other key topics.


  • Bryan Evans, Ryerson University
  • Carlo Fanelli, York University
  • David Goutor, McMaster University
  • Kendall Hammond, Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
  • Mary-Dan Johnston, CCPA Nova Scotia
  • Biko Koenig, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Catherine Ludgate, Vancity
  • Meg Luxton, York University
  • Patricia McDermott, York University
  • Tom McDowell, Ryerson University
  • Christine Saulnier, CCPA Nova Scotia
  • John Shields, Ryerson University
  • Andrew Stevens, University of Regina
  • Deva Woodly, The New School for Social Research


Monday, March 29, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT