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June 5, 2019 by Anonymous

CIRA’s 2019 conference starts today! CIRHR students, faculty and alumni are at UBC sharing their research – here is where to find them: 

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 

10:45 – 12:00 

Panel: Women in Academia 

  • Dionne Pohler, Assistant Professor, Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto; Sima Sajjadiani, Assistant Professor, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia; Johanna Weststar, Associate Professor, DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies, Western University; Brenda Lautsch, Associate Dean, Faculty, Associate Professor, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University 

7:00 – 18:45 

Opening Plenary: Nelson Lichtenstein (University of California, Santa Barbara) - “Can Sectorial Bargaining Save the American Labor Movement?” 

  • Panelists: Sara Slinn (York University); Alexander J. S. Colvin (Cornell University) 

Thursday, June 6th, 2019 


Employability and Recruitment in the 21st Century 

  • Yao Yao (University of Toronto) - “Uberizing The Legal Profession: Lowered Lawyer Autonomy and Status in The Digital Legal Market” *Winner of Allen Ponak Best Student Paper Award 

The Impact of Stress & Work-Family Conflict on Employee Mental Health 

  • Elham Marzi (University of Toronto) - “Empowerment at work: A resource for mitigation of job demands” 


Union Renewal: Social Media, and the Platform Economy  

  • Chair: Johanna Weststar (Western University) 
  • Lorenzo Frangi (Université du Québec à Montréal); Tingting Zhang (Western New England University) - “Uphill and downhill on Twitter: Union Centricity and Network changes through major FF$15 events” 

Regulating the Employment Relationship  

  • Chair: Scott Walsworth (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Jennifer Harmer (University of Toronto); Qian Zhang (University of Toronto); Allen Ponak (University of Calgary); Piers Steel (University of Calgary); Daphne Taras (Ryerson University) - “Do arbitrators procrastinate?” 
  • Robert Hebdon (McGill University) - “Freedom of Association and the Limits on Government - the Cases of Back-to-work and Wage Control laws” 

Advances in Collective Bargaining: Employee Ownership, Workplace Democracy, and Conflict 

  • Alexander J. S. Colvin (Cornell University); John Budd (University of Minnesota); Dionne Pohler (University of Toronto) - “Understanding the structural, cognitive, and psychogenic sources of conflict: toward an integrated framework” 


HR Policies, Compensation, and Employee Behavior  

  • John Budd (University of Minnesota); Dionne Pohler (University of Toronto); Wei Huang (Renmin University) - “When HR Policies Cause Conflict: The Importance of (Mis)Matched Cognitive Frames” 


Living Wage Campaigns & the low wage workforce 

  • Anil Verma (University of Toronto) - “Low Wage Workers in Canada: Recent Evidence from a Survey & Implications for Policy” 

Friday, June 7th, 2019 


Advances in HR policies & practices

  • Scott Walsworth (University of Saskatchewan) - Not Even on Vacation?: Evaluating the Legal Case for Cannabis Abstinence Workplace Policy

Labour Market Policies and Outcomes 

  • Dionne Pohler & Kourtney Koebel (University of Toronto) - “Expanding the Canada Workers Benefit to Design a Guaranteed Basic Income” 


Engaging with IR Scholars and Other Constituents: The promises and pitfalls of social media, online tools, and open access 

  • Kourtney Koebel & Dionne Pohler (University of Toronto); John Budd (University of Minnesota); Nicholas Roby (CRIMT/ Université de Montréal) 


Working in the care sector 

  • Chair: Chris Riddell (University of Waterloo) 

Fighting Precarious Work: A Critical Assessment of Union Models, Strategies, and the State 

  • Marie-Josée Legault (Université Téluq); Johanna Weststar (Western University) - “Towards new collective action models for the international video game industry” 
  • Sara Slinn (York University) - “Broader-Based and Sectoral Bargaining: A Typology and Framework for Reform” 

15:00 – 15:30 

Final Plenary  

  • “Setting the Stage for ILERA 2020” - Lorenzo Frangi (Université du Québec à Montréal) & Johanna Weststar (Western University)