Work

We suggest:

  • Human beings were made to work.
  • Government policies should incentivize work.
  • Everyone should have access to work and should receive just compensation for their labour, enabling them to have access to productive leisure.
  • All work has dignity.
  • The state, the market, and civil society (particularly institutions like unions) should work together to encourage just and meaningful work.

Supporting Research

The Building Meaning Project Paper and Recommendations
Start Here
Ray Pennings, Brian Dijkema
November 19, 2014
A social bias against employment in the skilled trades exists in this country. This culminating document of the Building Meaning project includes the Building Meaning in the Skilled Trades background paper, and our final series of recommendations for industry and labour stakeholders; educational institutions; governments; and researchers.
Work is About More Than Money
Brian Dijkema, Morley Gunderson
December 17, 2019
There is a large hole in our public talk about work and wages. Reviewing the latest research, "Work is About More Than Money" uncovers the personal, social and psychological costs of unemployment. It identifies the missing pieces in our thinking and policymaking about labour to show why it is urgent to attend to the non-monetary benefits of work.
Canada’s New Working Class
Sean Speer, Sosina Bezu, Renze Nauta
September 29, 2022
Canada’s New Working Class offers leaders a contemporary, modern understanding of the 6.5 million Canadians who are in the working class. One key finding is that members of Canada’s working class are as likely to be women or recent immigrants in sales or service jobs as they are to be men doing blue-collar, mostly unionized, manufacturing work. Canada's New Working Class busts stereotypes and outlines a true, inclusive working-class agenda.

Explorations

People over Profits: Holding Up Human Values Against Market Values
September 10, 2021
Join Mark Carney and Fr. Raymond de Souza as they sit down for a conversation on Mark’s latest book, Value(s): Building a Better World For All.
Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
Labours of Love
Comment
Jeffrey Bilbro
May 20, 2021
Cultivating grounds for hope and good work.

Media Coverage

Ontario’s Centralized Education System to Blame for Labour Woes
Toronto Sun
November 3, 2022
"Governments of all stripes have ... centralized Ontario’s education system over the years," argues Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus. "By building a centrally controlled education monopoly, the government has left the province uniquely vulnerable to strikes."  Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay
Ontario Parents and Children Are Bystanders in a War Between Two Hostile Parties
The Hub
November 3, 2022
Ontario's government is in the wrong in its latest labour dispute with education support workers, but so is the union. Brian Dijkema, vice-president of external affairs at Cardus, untangles the mess and suggests a way out that works for parents and children.
A Stumbling Block for David Eby’s B.C. Housing Plan
Vancouver Sun
November 2, 2022
David Eby’s B.C. Builds proposal "deserves enthusiastic support from people of all political stripes, including conservatives," argue Brian Dijkema, vice-president of external affairs at Cardus, and Renze Nauta, our work and economics program director. But they also warn the premier-designate needs to make sure restrictive community benefits agreements don’t ruin his good plans. Photo by Josh Olalde on Unsplash 

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