Labour

We suggest:

  • 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.

Supporting Research

Competition and Cooperation
Start Here
Brian Dijkema
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.
Breaking Down Work Barriers for People with Disabilities
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
Brian Dijkema
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.

Explorations

No Competition, Please. We’re Canadian.
Convivium
Peter Menzies
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.  
The NDP’s Anti-Labour Paradox
Convivium
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.
Workers Present
Convivium
Brian Dijkema
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." 

Media Coverage

Where Are the Community Benefits the Horgan Government Promised?
Daily Commercial News
July 11, 2022
"In the most in-depth analysis to date on Community Benefits Agreements in jurisdictions across the country, the independent think-tank Cardus found while CBAs in Canada have serious flaws, nowhere is this more plainly clear than in B.C.," writes Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada.  Photo by Kosuke Noma on Unsplash
The Holistic Value of Work, Religion in a Pluralist Society, and Why Quebec’s Bill 21 Must Be Challenged
The Hub
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 
Can the GOP Become the Party of the Working Class?
Common Sense
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

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