Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture

The Annual Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture – Thursday, March 29, 2018

Speaker: Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College

Title: Dependence and Precarity in the “Sharing” Economy (abstract)

Sefton-Williams Award for Contributions to Industrial Relations: Professor Carla Lipsig-Mumme, York University

Official launch of  The Changing Face of Work: Built around four topical areas of working life—the Office, Technology, Unions, and Diversity, this exhibit reflects developments over the past fifty years and notable research conducted by CIRHR faculty and other industrial relations scholars in each of the four areas.

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More information:
Phone: 416-978-5301

Date and Time:
March 29, 2018    4–6pm
Kruger Hall Commons
Woodsworth College
119 St. George St.

Background of the Sefton/Williams Memorial Lecture:

Hosted by Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, this annual lecture is now named in honour of Mr. Larry Sefton and Mr. Lynn Williams. The Sefton/Williams Memorial Lecture series presents topics of interest to scholars and practitioners of labour-management relations. The lecture has recently been endowed by USW International Executive Board and its members.

Larry Sefton’s (1917-1973) career in the labour movement began on the picket line in Kirkland Lake in the gold miners’ strike during World War II. He subsequently led the 1946 Stelco strike and later held office in the United Steelworkers of America, eventually becoming the Director of District 6. He earned the respect and admiration of those who worked with him.

Lynn Williams (1924-2014) began his career initially organizing campaigns for the Canadian Congress of Labour. He was named to the USW staff in 1956, was a delegate to the founding convention of the NDP and in 1973 was elected as the USW District 6 Director. In 1977, he was elected as the USW International Secretary and went on to become the first Canadian to serve as the President of USW International. He was a leader in promoting co-operation and solidarity in the international labour movement. After retirement he served as President of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.

Information about past Sefton lecturers and their presentations is available from the CIRHR Library.