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August 2006
Vol. 7, no. 8

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Increased work stoppages
Ernest B. Akyeampong

Improvements during the 1980s and 1990s in Canadas strike and lockout statistics appear to have stalled somewhat in recent years. The drop in time lost to industrial disputes at the beginning of the decade was offset by increases in 2004 and 2005. It is too early to say if this is the beginning of a new trend. What can be done, however, is to gain an understanding of recent stoppages by looking at the main areas of dispute, the jurisdictions in which the stoppages occurred, and how they were resolved.

Wives as primary breadwinners

Deborah Sussman and Stephanie Bonnell

Over the last four decades, the dramatic increase in dual-earner couples has also engendered an increase in wives as primary breadwinners. These women tend to be older and more educated than women who are secondary earners, and they are more frequently found in managerial and professional occupations. The article examines the earnings and characteristics of primary- and secondary-earner spouses.

Unionization (update) - HTML | PDF

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