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Montréal/Tiohtià:ke, Québec
June 19-21, 2024

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A Message to Members Participating in Congress 2024

Dear members and friends of CAWLS,

I hope this note finds everyone well and enjoying a positive start to spring.

As many of you may already know, CAWLS had been actively planning to attend Congress 2024 and have a full programme with engaging speakers and papers. Unfortunately, however, the labour situation at McGill University has made our continuation with Congress impossible. There continues to be an active picket line by law faculty on campus and we believe, as I am sure you believe, that we must never cross a picket line to attend an academic event.

That being the case, the CAWLS executive and the CAWLS conference committee have made the decision to move our conference away from Congress and plan a solo event on the same dates in June. We will be cancelling our association with Congress this year and asking for a 100% refund, but we are willing to pay any cancellation fees that Congress charges us. We are actively seeking out an alternative venue, and we are hopeful that we will be able to meet in person this June.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to find an alternative venue, we will move our conference online, but that will only occur if we are unable to secure a venue in Montreal. We do not anticipate that any of these changes will require additional costs to you. When we have secured a venue, we will inform Congress and ask all members to request a refund.

We are thus writing to let you know that CAWLS 2024 will go ahead in Montreal, as planned, at an alternative venue. We will let you know as soon as our local organizers confirm an alternative venue. We should have this new information by the week of May 20.

In solidarity,

Charles Smith
CAWLS President


The conference organizing committee invites submissions for participation in the 10th annual conference of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS). We welcome proposals on all topics that focus on the past, present, and future of work and labour studies. Our goal is to create a conference program reflective of the broadest range of methodological, theoretical, and disciplinary themes and approaches. The committee welcomes proposals for single papers, thematic streams, multiple-paper panels, roundtables, and workshops. The participation of researchers in union and community settings is encouraged.

The consequences of global warming, combined with global migration, socio-demographic aging, and polarizing politics, are now visible on a daily basis. As their impact on workers is getting more obvious, so is the evidence that sustainability will not be possible without challenging capitalism and emancipating labour. The 2024 CAWLS conference is an opportunity to engage conversations and share ideas about the interplay between acting on climate change and promoting social justice on many fronts, as workers and their organizations are at the forefront of these struggles. Questions relevant to these conversations include: What would be a “just transition” combining environmental and social justices? How do we build labour solidarity and power around these issues to challenge Green Capitalism? What does the current “strike wave” mean for these struggles? How do they interact and intersect with those against racism and colonialism? What can we learn from feminist and gender studies perspectives in order to build those solidarities? What political strategies can be adopted to advance workers’ perspectives and confront the rise of the radical right and climate change denialism? Can environmental issues act as an inspiration for revitalizing labour internationalism?

The organizing committee will also welcome proposals reflecting the current workers’ struggles and rich labour history of Montréal/Tiohtià:ke and Québec. These may include reports and analyses of migrant workers organizing campaigns, new strategies to reach gig economy workers, coalition-building between labour and social movements, or challenges for labour in the public sector.

Participants are not required to limit themselves to the above list of questions. Other potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Healthy Workplaces and Occupational Safety
  • Affect and/at Work
  • Poverty and Precarious Work
  • Artificial Intelligence, Worker Surveillance, and Digital Colonialism
  • Platform Capitalism and its Implications for Workers
  • Workers, Pension Funds and Financialization
  • Migration and Workers’ Justice
  • Unequal, Informal, and Unpaid Work
  • Imperialism, Colonialism, and Labour Internationalism
  • Labour, Social Movements, and Alternative Models of Workers’ Justice Organizing
  • Inequality, Populism, and (De)Democratization
  • Anti-Capitalist Anti-Racism: Intersectional and Decolonial Approaches

Conference Association Fees

Permanent or full-time faculty or researchersUnion and community membersStudents, K-12 educators, un(der)employed, and retirees
CAWLS members$75$0$0


Additional Congress registration fees will also apply.

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