LABRST 1A03 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Industrial Democracy, Canadian Labour Congress, Income Tax

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LBRSTU
Dec. 1
Post-War Compromise and Prosperity
-Labours Gains
-Stable Labour Relations System!
- Codified into law
-Unfair Labour Practices!
- Laws with clauses to prevent unfair labour !
- Defines things employers do as unfair
-Certification
-Recognition
-Collective Bargaining !
- Encouraged!
- Sets up a system to allow for collective bargaining
-Union Legitimacy !
- There is a legal system, unions are players in the economy!
- Unions are identified and considered to be legal!
- Unions are seen as something that can help boost the economy !
- Unions are seen as effectively balancing some of the power exercised by employers !
- People are acknowledging that unions are here to stay (permanent)
-Status of Workers
-By the 1950s, average workers are seen as people who have spending power to contribute
to the economy
-Since 9hr Day vs. 1950s
-Fordism & Keynes
-Workers are seen as consumers, not just as workers
-Level of faith in the ability of workers to spend, level of trust in the average worker
-Standards of Living!
- For the average industrial worker, SOL doubles!
- Workers are living in suburbs, own a car
-Clear middle class lifestyle is easier to obtain
-Family Experience
-Kids have more leisure time, do not have to work at an early age
-Kids remain in school longer and are able to consider their middle class aspirations and
continue their education (med school, law school)
-Middle Class Mobility
-Father is earning a breadwinner’s wage
-Drive in theatre
-Downsides
-Limits on Union Activity
- Role of Organizers - organize unions, walkouts, mobilize the workers, break new
ground for the union, their role is diminished dramatically, organizers do not have much
to do unless a new collective agreement is being bargained
- Set contract (Work now, grieve later)
- Minimal disruptions, serious limits on what unions can do
- The only time they may strike or walk out is if the collective agreement is over and they
are bargaining for a new one
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Laws with clauses to prevent unfair labour. Sets up a system to allow for collective bargaining. There is a legal system, unions are players in the economy. Unions are identi ed and considered to be legal. Unions are seen as something that can help boost the economy. Unions are seen as effectively balancing some of the power exercised by employers. People are acknowledging that unions are here to stay (permanent) By the 1950s, average workers are seen as people who have spending power to contribute to the economy. Workers are seen as consumers, not just as workers. Level of faith in the ability of workers to spend, level of trust in the average worker. For the average industrial worker, sol doubles. Workers are living in suburbs, own a car. Clear middle class lifestyle is easier to obtain. Kids have more leisure time, do not have to work at an early age.

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