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Call for Papers, Organized Panels and Roundtables

Submission deadline extended to September 15, 2019

10th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) Regional Congress for the Americas

Organized by the Canadian Association of Industrial Relations and Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

June 24 to June 27, 2020

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


The world of work is in a phase of dynamism that is reshaping the contours of employment relations worldwide. Changes are visible at the global, national and local scale. It is therefore fundamental for scholars and practitioners to describe, explain and strategize around these changes.

The first goal is to discern to what extent change is pervasive in employment relations as well as to what extent we can still perceive continuity in recent paths, identify what aspects of employment relations are more subject to be reshaped and in what direction, and how employment relations actors and their practices have been affected. Different analyses that explore these changes in different countries, regions, sectors, and firms will be able to build important knowledge to understand the contours of the phenomenon.

Our second goal is to enhance knowledge about how contexts and actors have the power to affect these changes. Global economic and social conditions, national institutional contexts, and regional, sectoral and firm specific governance characteristics may affect the evolution of the world of work. However, we also have to consider how major actors of employment relations act and react to these conditions. Policy makers propose changes in legislations and labour market arrangements. Management strategies continue to target production efficiency with also growing attention to the work and life conditions of employees. Unions actively renew themselves to gain (or re-gain influence). And, emerging civil society organizations, social movements and consumers become new protagonists in fostering fairness at work.

Finally, how can different actors act and react strategically to the changes in specific contexts? What are the constraints and the advantages available in this dynamic environment? What aspects can be leveraged, towards what goals, and by whom?

We will address these three points together at ILERA2020 Conference and welcome all world of work actors to join us. The difference of our perspectives and contributions will be our collective strength to enhance knowledge and practice in the world of work.

We are accepting proposals for individual communications, panels and roundtables as well as submissions to best paper awards and student travel scholarships.

We want to alert you to two special calls that are part of the conference:

The first is a special call for papers on the theme of Indigeneity and Work.
The second is a special call for a series of activities about Teaching Labour and Employment Relations.

Please direct inquiries or ideas to Johanna Weststar : weststar@uwo.ca

We look forward to seeing you at ILERA2020!

Johanna Weststar et Lorenzo Frangi
Co-chairs of the conference