Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 09:59:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: John Shields <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Michael Gurstein <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Cc: futurework <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
    Canadian futures <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
    Electronic Democracy in Nova Scotia <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,

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:

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
> >From: Sid Shniad <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >
> >The National Post                                              June 3, 1999
> >
> >
> >       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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