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Steven Tufts

W. Steven Tufts

W. Steven Tufts

Associate Professor Graduate Program Director (Geography) Credentials PhD Geography, York UniversityMA Geography, Queen's UniversityBA (Honours) Geography, McGill University Research Keywords Labour Geography; Urban Economic Development; Labour Market Adjustment; Populism. Contact Information 4700 Keele StreetToronto, ON M3J 1P3 416 736 2100 tufts@yorku.ca Research Interests I am a labour geographer who focuses on the geographies of work, workers, and organized

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O’Toole is smart to align himself with unions

O’Toole is smart to align himself with unions

By Steven Tufts  Mon., Nov. 9, 2020timer3 min. read Erin O’Toole’s recent statements recognizing the importance of private sector unions to building “strong communities” along with comments from other Conservatives have raised a few eyebrows. For some it will be dismissed as opportunistic economic nationalism. After all, we still have the rabid antiunionism of Jason Kenney in

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Spaces of labour in moments of urban populism

Spaces of labour in moments of urban populism

Principal Investigator: Steven Tufts Funding: SSHRC. Term: 2016-2021. The research aims to provide an analysis of the rise of populism in the context of austerity politics in North America as well as the implications for labour movements in terms of engagement with forms of both left- and right-wing populism.

Reorienting labour unions in the time of COVID-19 crisis

Reorienting labour unions in the time of COVID-19 crisis

The shut-down of non-essential work in response to COVID-19 has decimated labour markets. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 20.5 million more workers lost their jobs in April, as official unemployment skyrocketed to 14.7%. It is the largest single-month increase in unemployment since the data series started in 1948. In Canada, the news

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