There’s nothing more important for building a strong economy, and a strong society, than providing every willing person with productive, secure, and fair work. In no other single book can a reader learn so much about work, what’s wrong with it, and how to fix it. Immensely readable and ultimately optimistic.
Jim Stanford
Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work,
Sydney, Australia

An engaging and accessible text, rich in evidence-based arguments for restoring employment to the centre of politics and public policy.

William K. Carroll
Professor of Sociology and Co-director,
the Corporate Mapping Project
University of Victoria

https://www.rocksmillspress.com/mcbride----working.html

working? EMPLOYMENT POLICY IN CANADA


252 pages • preface • 27 charts • index


ISBN-13: 978-1-77244-054-6 • 6 x 9 • Paperback

CONTENTS
Acronyms / vi
Acknowledgements / vii
1: From Full Employment to Flexible Employment / 1
2: The Institutional Dimension of Employment Policy in Canada / 24
3: Employment and the Labour Market: The Nexus of the Economic and the Social / 47
4: Supplying the Labour Market with the Right Skills / 61
5: Supplying the Labour Market through Importing Labour / 87
6: Supplying the Labour Market by Adjusting Benefits / 123
7: Regulating Employment: Work, Employment, and Basic Income Security / 140
8: Addressing Inequities / 169
9: Dealing with Unions / 199
Conclusions: Restoring and Refocusing the State / 225
Index / 246

Illustrations
Chart 1: Key Labour Market Indicators, 1974 and 2016 / 9
Chart 2: Real Hourly Wages of Full-Time Workers Aged 17 to 64, 1981 to 2011 / 14
Chart 3: Income Inequality Has Been Increasing in Canada / 14
Chart 4: Training Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP / 75
Chart 5: Immigration Targets, 2016 to 2017 / 87
Chart 6: Composition of the Canadian Labour Force, 2011 / 89

​Chart 7: Canada – Permanent Residents by Category, 1989 to 2014 / 94
Chart 8: Composition of Annual Economic Migration to Canada, by Program, 1996 to 2015 / 95
Chart 9: Businesses Built on TFWs: Number of Employers Using TFWs and the Percentage of TFWS in their Workforce in 2013 / 105
Chart 10: Top 10 Factors that Heighten Vulnerability for Migrants in Canadian Agriculture
Chart 11a: TWP and IMP Permit Holders, 2006 to 2015 / 113
Chart 11b: International Mobility Program Work Permit Holders by Program, 2006 to 2015 / 114
Chart 12: Public Expenditure on EI as % of GDP / 131
Chart 13: Snapshot of Major Reforms to Employment Insurance in Canada, 1971 to 2015 / 132
Chart 14: Male Labour Force, Industrial Composition, 1986 to 2016 / 171
Chart 15: Female Labour Force, Industrial Composition, 1986 to 2016 / 172
Chart 16: Labour Force Participation by Gender / 173
Chart 17: Wage Increases and Inflation by Gender and Employment Status, 1997 to 2016 / 173
Chart 18: Gender Pay Gap 1997 and 2016 / 174
Chart 19: Employment Rate of Women with Children by Age of Youngest Child: Selected Years / 176
Chart 20: Indigenous Pay Inequity / 179
Chart 21: Canadian Unemployment Rate by Gender and Age Group / 186
Chart 22: Participation Rate and Unemployment Rate, Population Aged 15 to 24, 1976 to 2014 / 187

​Chart 23: Not Much Progress in Select Employment Conditions for Young People Over Time / 187
Chart 24: Youth Labour Force by Employment Type and Gender / 188
Chart 25: Summary of Labour Laws Restricting Collective Bargaining and Trade Union Rights, 1982 to 2016 / 211
Chart 26: Person Days Lost Through Strikes and Lockouts, 1976 to 2014 / 219
Chart 27: Union Density: Change in Unionization in Canada / 219