Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 09:59:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: John Shields <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Michael Gurstein <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Cc: futurework <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
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Subject: Re: STUDY PAINTS BLEAK JOB SCENE IN CANADA (fwd)

For those who might be interested in looking at the research report by 
the Ryerson Social Reporting Network (RSRN), "The Job Poor Recovery: 
Social Cohesion and the Canadian Labour Market", a version of it can be 
found at the following Web address free of charge:  
http://www.research.ryerson.ca/~ors/research/job.html

A Final version of the paper is available by writing to:

Dr. John Shields, Senior Researcher
Ryerson Social Reporting Network
Dept. of Politics,
Ryerson Polytechnic University
350 Victoria St.
Toronto, Ont.
M5B 2K3

(Please enclose a cheque for $10.00 payable to Ryerson Polytechnic 
University to cover the cost of postage and printing).




On Sat, 5 Jun 1999, Michael Gurstein wrote:

> 
> >Date: Fri, 04 Jun 1999 12:42:27 -0700
> >To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> >From: Sid Shniad <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >Subject: STUDY PAINTS BLEAK JOB SCENE IN CANADA
> >
> >The National Post                                              June 3, 1999
> >
> >STUDY PAINTS BLEAK JOB SCENE IN CANADA
> >
> >       52% BELOW $15 AN HOUR
> >
> >       Jobless figures don't measure underemployment, report contends
> >
> >       By James Cudmore
> >
> >       Canadian workers are underpaid and underemployed, says a
> >report released yesterday by Ryerson Polytechnic University.
> >       The study, conducted by the Ryerson Social Reporting Net-
> >work, observes that 52% of Canadians are paid less than $15 an
> >hour, and that 45% of the country's workforce is engaged in
> >"flexible" work, with people unable to find full-time or permanent
> >jobs.
> >       The study, which was produced through an analysis of labour
> >force surveys by Statistics Canada surveys, stands in sharp contrast
> >with the oft-expressed claim that the growing Canadian economy is
> >creating a stronger, more secure labour market.
> >       "We hear an awful lot about the new economic boom," said Dr.
> >John Shields, the author of the study.
> >       "But, I think there is still a real question about what that means
> >for people in the labour market.
> >       "This study clearly reveals a great wage differential between
> >people who have stable jobs and those with flexible employment,"
> >Dr. Shields said.
> >       "The labour market is polarized between stable, secure types of
> >employment and insecure, inadequately compensated employment."
> >       According to Dr. Shields, 45% of Canadian workers are en-
> >gaged in flexible work (defined as part-time and non-permanent),
> >earning an average of $5 to $8 less an hour than full time workers.
> >       The study goes on to suggest that these flexible workers have
> >little chance of improving their wage.
> >       "All of the indicators show that this is the emerging trend," said
> >Dr. Shields, "It's the new labour market."
> >       The Ryerson report also introduced a new employment-vul-
> >nerability measure intended to reflect the amount of underem-
> >ployment in the society, rather than just unemployment.
> >       "Looking at traditional unemployment isn't enough," Dr. Shields
> >said.
> >       "It masks the tremendous underemployment in our economy,
> >people who are working part time who don't want to be. They want
> >more work, but just aren't able to find it."
> >       While the official unemployment rate in the country is 8.4%, the
> >Ryerson study estimates that as many as 20.3% of Canadians are
> >underemployed or otherwise lack employment security and an
> >adequate level of wages.
> >       "If we look at the employment problem from that perspective,
> >the real unemployment rate is two-and-a half times larger," Dr.
> >Shields said.
> >       "What's really going on in the labour market is an increase in
> >more-peripheral and more-vulnerable types of employment," Dr.
> >Shields says.
> >       "I think that's very serious for families."
> >
> >
> >
> 
> 

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