- Strike continues at York University
- Older employees and overtime
- Lower salary increases projected
- Gender and negotiation
- Better pensions for more Canadians
- Canada’s skills crisis
- Information and communication technology investment
- Alberta’s energy industry
- University research and industrial innovation
- Talent management in European cultures
- Book of the Week
CUPE Local 3903 representing contract faculty and teaching assistants at York University went on strike on November 6, 2008. For current links to articles and websites concerning the strike see below.
The Conference Board of New York has released a paper on overtime and older workers titled, Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime. The global manufacturing company Navistar, Inc. found that there were elevated risks to health and safety, and productivity in working overtime but that the but risks were not uniform and were balanced by older employees strengths in other areas.
Executive Action Report, November 2008 (7 pages, PDF) this paper is available free to the University of Toronto community only by registering on the Conference Board’s e-Library – scroll down to the title
According to an online survey conducted by Hewitt in October 2008 many employers are reconsidering their planned salary increases for 2008/2009. The article, Economic Crisis Means Lower Salary Increases for Some Canadian Employees, discusses the results of the survey.
The working paper, Beyond Gender and Negotiation to Gendered Negotiations, by Deborah Kolb and Kathleen McGinn is currently available for downloading from the Social Sciences Research Network website. The paper will appear in an upcoming special issue on “Gender and Negotiation in Organizations” in the Negotiation and Conflict Management Journal.
A paper released by the C.D. Howe Institute titled, A Pension in Every Pot: Better Pensions for More Canadians, by James Pierlot, offers practical approaches to making Canada’s retirement saving system work for private sector employees as well as it does for those in the public sector.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has released the report, Building a Twenty-First Century Workforce: A Business Strategy to Overcome Canada’s Skills Crisis. Recommendations include: making phased retirement a more attractive option for older workers, removing interprovincial barriers to labour mobility, encouraging employer investment in training, modifying the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and streamlining the current immigration processes.
The Centre for the Study of Living Standards has released its first research note, The Canada-U.S. ICT Investment Gap in 2007: Narrowing but Progress Still Needed. The note provides an overview of information and communication technology (ICT) investment in the business sector for Canada and the United States. The gap between Canadian and the U.S. ICT investment per worker has narrowed in the computers ICT component, but has changed little in the communication equipment and software components.
Two recent papers on Alberta’s energy industry are available. The first from Deloitte is titled, Producers’ dilemma? The role of game theory in anticipating industry outcomes. It uses a game theory-based approach to help producers determine long term strategies. The second paper from the Centre for the Study of Living Standards is titled, The Valuation of Alberta’s Oil Sands, and provides new estimates of the present value of oil sands reserves based on a set of assumptions different from those used by Statistics Canada.
According to a study released by the Institute for Research on Public Policy titled, Connecting the Dots between University Research and Industrial Innovation, Canada invests large sums of money in academic research but the fruits of these investments are not reflected in more industrial innovation and improved productivity.
Catalyst and the Families and Work Institute have released a third title in the series Leaders in a Global Economy. The current release subtitled, Talent Management in European Cultures, focus on women in leadership positions in companies in Europe.
Transnational Tortillas: Race, Gender, and Shop-floor Politics in Mexico and the United States, by Carolina Bank Munoz. Ithaca, N.Y. : ILR Press, 2008. 202 p. ISBN 978-0-8014-7422-4 (pbk.)
This book looks at the flip side of globalization: How does a company from the Global South behave differently when it also produces in the Global North? A Mexican tortilla company, “Tortimundo,” has two production facilities within a hundred miles of each other, but on different sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The workers at the two factories produce the same product with the same technology, but have significantly different work realities. This “global factory” gives Carolina Bank Muñoz an ideal opportunity to reveal how management regimes and company policy on each side of the border apply different strategies to exploit their respective workforces' vulnerabilities.
About the Author:
Carolina Bank Muñoz is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College–City University of New York.
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