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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1A06
Professor
Sandra Colavecchia
Semester
Summer

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Sociology – Lecture 5 2/22/2013 5:16:00 PM Work and the Economy:  Chapter 21 SIQ, Brym: understanding strikes in Canada  Pre-1986: strikes impacted by business cycle o Strikes were associated with the unemployment rate in this country o Unemployment up = more strikes o Unemployment down = few strikes  Post-1986: changes that have weakened workers and unions o Cuts to salaries to the public sector o Essential workers could not go out on strike o Decline in strikes and union density over time o Legislative changes that have weakened the strength of unions o Government cut-backs  3 adverse trends that might impact you post-graduation from McMaster University o 1. The expansion of contract work  Not getting a permanent job – you get a contract job  No job security  No medical benefits  No parental leave benefits o 2. The disappearance of company sponsored pension plans  less likely to work for an employer who offers this o 3. Corporate restructuring and downsizing  middle or upper management are wiped out  workers in 40s-50s w
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