Hosted by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, this annual lecture is now named in honour of Mr. Larry Sefton (pictured left) and Mr. Lynn Williams (pictured right). The Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture series presents topics of interest to scholars and practitioners of labour-management relations. The lecture has recently been endowed by USW International Executive Board and its members. The inaugural Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture took place on 19 March 2015.
Larry Sefton’s (1917-1973) career in the labour movement began on the picket line in Kirkland Lake in the gold miners’ strike during World War II. He subsequently led the 1946 Stelco strike and later held office in the United Steelworkers of America, eventually becoming the Director of District 6. He earned the respect and admiration of those who worked with him.
Lynn Williams (1924-2014) began his career initially organizing campaigns for the Canadian Congress of Labour. He was named to the USW staff in 1956, was a delegate to the founding convention of the NDP and in 1973 was elected as the USW District 6 Director. In 1977, he was elected as the USW International Secretary and went on to become the first Canadian to serve as the President of USW International. He was a leader in promoting co-operation and solidarity in the international labour movement. After retirement he served as President of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.
This unique annual lecture series began in 1983. It is organized and hosted by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto, and funded by the generosity of the Valleydene Corporation and the United Steelworkers of America (Toronto Council and District 6). Speakers have included some of North America's most prominent academics and labour relations practitioners.
Thanks to all the speakers who have granted permission for us to reproduce their lectures.
For information on the next Sefton Lecture please consult the Events Calendar on the CIRHR home page.
Sefton-Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations
The award honours those who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights. Labour relations practitioner as well as academics have received this award. List of Sefton-Williams Award recipients
Sefton Memorial Lectures:
Sefton-Williams Memorial Lectures:
Speaker: Kris Rondeau, Director of AFSCME New England Organizing Project
What Makes Labour Free? (And Why This Question Matters) (slides in PDF, 7.2mb)
Speaker: Judy Fudge, Professor, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University
Fudge, J. (2019, May 24). What makes labour free? (and why this question matters). Retrived from https://futuresofwork.co.uk/2019/05/24/what-makes-labour-free-and-why-this-question-matters/
Fudge, J. (2018). Modern slavery, unfree labour and the labour market: The social dynamics of legal characterization. Social & Legal Studies, 27(4), 414-434.
Fudge, J. (2018). Illegal working, migrants and labour exploitation in the UK. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 38(3), 557-584.
Fudge, J. (2018). Slavery and unfree labour: The politics of naming, framing and blaming. Labour/Le Travail, 82, 227-244.
Fudge, J. (2018). Why labour lawyers should care about the Modern Slavery Act 2015. King's Law Journal, 29(3), 377-406.
Fudge, J. (2016). Modern slavery and migrant domestic workers: the politics of legal characterization: regulation, regulators, and the crisis of law and government policy brief. The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, in association with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Retrived from https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/46663625.pdf
Dependence & Precarity in the "Sharing Economy" (slides in PDF, 2.9mb)
Speaker: Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College
Trade Unions and Populist Politics: What The Trump Presidency Truly Means for Labour
Speaker: Rich Yeselson, Labour Journalist
Articles by Rich Yeselson:
- At labor's crossroads: Three new books about the SEIU reveal the challenges of organizing in 21st-century America. The Nation, March 8, 2017.
- Can Trump break the Democrats’ grip on the union movement? For generations Republican presidents have tried to woo organized labor, with mixed and halting results. Donald Trump might be the first to actually do it more permanently. Politico Magazine, February 8, 2017
- When Labor Fought for Civil Rights. Dissent, Winter 2017.
- Bad New Days. Dissent, November 9, 2016.
- Harnessing the power of the new working class: If the new proletariat starts identifying as a class, it could transform politics. The American Prospect, May 4, 2016.
- How Labor Advocates Pushed the Democratic Party Left. Dissent, February 11, 2016.
- Labor Needs New Ideas. Dissent, Fall 2015.
- Toward a new solidarity: The determination to represent the entire working class is the best chance labor has had in over 40 years to put the “labor question” before the nation again. The American Prospect, January 20, 2015.
- The decline of labor, the increase of inequality. Talking Points Memo, 2015.
- Where’s the outrage? Dissent, Summer 2015.
- A victory in Chattanooga: For a hurting labor movement, last week’s successful unionization vote in Chattanooga was a small but significant win. Jacobin, 12.8.15.
- Social democracy in America? Dissent, Fall 2014.
- Six points on the midterm elections: What should we take away from Tuesday’s election results? Jacobin, 11.8.14
- After Chattanooga: Examining the roots of the United Auto Workers’ defeat at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. Jacobin, 2.17.14
- The year in preview: Labor's outlook: 2014 doesn't look like it's going to be all bad for unions, but it won't be all good, either. The American Prospect, December 18, 2013
- Not With a Bang, But a Whimper: The Long, Slow Death Spiral of America’s Labor Movement. New Republic, June 6, 2012
Fissured Workplace: Is There Still a Role for Labour Policy in the New World of Work? (slides in PDF, 3.2mb)
Speaker: David Weil, United States Department of Labor
Book: Weil. D. (2014). The fissured workplace: Why work became so bad for so many and what can be done to improve it. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press. 410 p. (UofT access only)
e-book (UofT access only)
Inequality and its Discontents: a Canadian Perspective
Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Presentation: Inequality and its Discontents: a Canadian Perspective (slides in PDF, 1.8mb)
Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
Presentation: 'Inequality is the root of social evil,’ or maybe not: Two stories about inequality and public policy (slides in PDF, 1.3mb)
Speaker: Jennifer Wells
Speakers: Nelson Lichtenstein, Natalie Des Rosiers, Tony Burke
Labour's Responses to Globalization: Alternative Forms of Organization
Tony Burke, Why Unite and the USW created Workers Uniting – the Global Union (PDF document)
Nelson Lichtenstein, Supply chain tourist, or how globalization has transformed the labor question (PDF document)
Natalie Des Rosiers
Speaker: John Cartwright
The Three-Part Crisis of Globalization (PDF document, 98 kb)
Speaker: Leah Vosko
Beyond Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and Precarious Employment (text of speech unavailable)
Based on author's book: http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7015094. The book is also available to the UofT community online at http://go.utlib.ca/cat/7984827
Speaker: Don Drummond
The Changing Canadian Workplace (PDF document, 162 kb)
Speaker: Hugh Mackenzie
Roots of the Crisis: How Growing Inequality Sowed the Seeds for an Economic Meltdown (PDF document, 97 kb).
Accompanying PowerPoint presentation (PDF document, 264 kb).
Speakers: Jim Stanford and Charlotte Yates
New Union Strategies for Tough Times: The CAW-Magna Deal, and other Responses.
Part 1: Introductions; Sefton Award Winner speech; Morley Gunderson Award Winner speech; Opening statements by Jim Stanford and Charlotte Yates.
- Charlotte Yates - Opening Statement (PDF document)
- Jim Stanford - Opening Statement (PDF document)
- Jim Stanford PowerPoint presentation (part of opening statement) (PDF document)
- Audio file (.mov) (Duration: 52 minutes) (statements start at 00.22:10 minutes)
Part 2: Debate by Charlotte Yates and Jim Stanford; Question and Answer session. Duration: 62 minutes.
Speaker: Stephen Lewis
AIDS as Metaphor: The Class Struggle in the Workplace (DVD available for loan in the CIRHR Library)
Speaker: Kate Bronfenbrenner
Speaker: Harry Arthurs
Speaker: Gordon Betcherman
Labour Reform in China: How 700 Million Workers are Coping with Global Capitalism (PDF document, 145kb)
Speaker: Tim Armstrong
Contemporary Collective Bargaining: How Well is it Working? (PDF document, 346kb)
Speaker: Judy Darcy
Hostile Takeover: The Threat of Privatization (PDF document, 48kb)
Speaker: Peter Warrian
Can't Get There From Here: Old/New Unions in a New/Old Economy (PDF document, 39kb)
Speaker: Richard Freeman
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Speaker: Julie White
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Speaker: Kevin Burkett
The Politicization of the Ontario Labour Relations Framework in the Decade of the 1990s (PDF document, 1517kb)
Speaker: Alexander (Sandy) Adam
Crisis and Renewal: Algoma Steel Inc. - A Case Study in Adaptation (PDF document, 371kb)
Speaker: Graham S. Lowe
UTlibraries link to article: http://simplelink.library.utoronto.ca/url.cfm/358912
Speaker: Leo Gerard
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Speaker: L. Victor Pathe
Labour-Management Relations: Reflections on the Past, Challenges of the Future (PDF document, 1056kb)
Speaker: Bob Rae
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Speaker: Laurel Sefton MacDowell
Law and Labour in Ontario: The Career of J.L. Cohen (PDF document, 1490kb)
Speaker: George W. Adams
Towards a New Vitality: Reflections on Twenty Years of Collective Bargaining Information(presentation not available)
Speaker: Seymour Martin Lipset
Labor and Socialism in Canada and the United States (PDF document, 1468kb)
Speaker: Paul Weiler
The Representation Gap in the North American Workplace (PDF document, 1377kb)
Speaker: Rosalie Abella
Courts, Boards and Labour: Reconciling Competing Cultures (PDF document, 504kb)
Speaker: Melvyn Dubofsky
The State and Labour in Modern America (PDF document, 1138kb)
Speaker: Jeffrey Sack & John Murray
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Speaker: John T. Dunlop
Conflict or Co-operation: Which Way is Industrial Relations Heading? (PDF document, 567kb)
Speaker: Robert White
The Trade Union Movement in Today's Changing Society (PDF document, 837kb)
Speaker: Lynn Williams
The Labour Movement and the University (PDF document, 1021kb)