Work, Workers, and Workplaces in an Age of Authoritarian Austerity II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Endymion, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Michelle Buckley, Suzanne Mills, Steven Tufts
Chairs: Michelle Buckley


Workers and their organizations are increasingly challenged by authoritarian populism and austerity measures in many regions. The power to shape economic policy and landscapes in favor of labour remains a daunting task as increasingly aggressive governments and employers heighten attacks on workers’ rights. At the same time, the rise of authoritarian populism (some argue fascism) from within and outside of workers’ movements have created new constellations of power facing working people and resistance. These sessions will explore these developments and the uneven responses of workers in contemporary and historical perspectives.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Alia Karim*, York University, The fight for a $15 minimum wage and push back against right-wing populism in Canada 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Lia Frederiksen*, University of Toronto, "75% Women, 50% Part-Time": Contesting Austerity and Hard-Right Populism During the Toronto Public Library Workers' Union Strike (2012) 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Kim England*, University of Washington, Domestic Workers, the Politics of Care, and Workers’ Rights 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Tommy Wu*, CUNY - Graduate Center, Justice served online? The moral economy of online mobilization among Chinese restaurant workers 20 4:20 PM
Discussant Suzanne Mills McMaster University 20 4:40 PM

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