- When labour relations are more cooperative and less adversarial, it benefits employers, workers, and the economy as a whole.
- Citizens and consumers are best served when a wide diversity of organizations, including labour unions, compete and cooperate with one another in markets governed by the rule of law.
December 19, 2013
This policy paper presents the case for a new framework of understanding labour relations in Canada. Taking insights which move debates about labour beyond the pendulum of pro-union and anti-union policies, it proposes a new policy within a new framework.
Johanna Lewis, Brian Dijkema
March 23, 2022
We take a closer look at the human costs of Canadians with disabilities’ exclusion from work and identify some of the key questions standing in the way of positive policy reform.
Bouncing Back Through Diversity: The Effects of Bill 66 on Construction Competition in the Region of Waterloo
July 22, 2021
Our results show that the removal of restrictions enabled the Region of Waterloo to “bounce back” toward its original competitive state. The removal of restrictions led to a greater numbers of bids, more bidders, more unique firms bidding, and decreased bid gaps indicating downward pressure on municipal construction costs.
August 14, 2019
Whether it’s air travel or Internet, the time-honoured Canuck reflex is to boldly pacify the masses with the security blanket of quasi-monopolies, contends Convivium contributor Peter Menzies.
Peter Stockland, Brian Dijkema
July 27, 2018
Cardus’ director of Work and Economics made waves on Canada’s West Coast this month with a report critiquing the B.C. government’s move to let only unionized construction companies bid for major infrastructure projects. But, Brian Dijkema tells Convivum, the policy will cost taxpayers billions, punish workers, and risk damage to democracy itself.
July 5, 2016
Cardus Work and Economics Program Director Brian Dijkema reflects on the opportunity that construction season provides us to celebrate the "vast array of talents and skills that it takes to keep a country and its economy functioning."
The Holistic Value of Work, Religion in a Pluralist Society, and Why Quebec’s Bill 21 Must Be Challenged
February 17, 2022
In the Hub Dialogues podcast, Cardus's Brian Dijkema discusses his unique path to the world of think tanks, the future of trade unions, the non-material benefits of work, and Quebec’s Bill 21. Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash
February 9, 2022
What will come of Republicans' embrace of American blue collar workers? Brian Dijkema comments in this story about one step being taken to increase the power of labour. Photo by Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash
February 8, 2022
"One of its key assumptions is that there’s an antagonistic relationship between labour and capital. But that assumption is disputable," Brian Dijkema tells The Hub's Sean Speer. Read on to learn how North American labour unions can adapt to today's economy. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash