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Falling Behind
The State of Working Canada, 2000

Jackson, Andrew, Robinson, David, Baldwin,Bob, Wiggins, Cindy
Publisher:  Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa, Canada
Year Published:  2000  
Pages:  202pp   ISBN:  0-88627-208-4
Library of Congress Number:  HC115.J28 2000   Dewey:  338.971'009'049
Resource Type:  Book

An accessible collation of data and analysis, analyzed from a progressive perspective, about the social and economic realities of working people in Canada.

Abstract:  Falling Behind is a joint project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Labour Congress. It work provides an accessible collation of data and analysis, analyzed from a progressive perspective, about the social and economic realities of working people in Canada.

Most of the data used for analysis is from 1997 and 1998 and is predominantly sourced from published and unpublished Statistics Canada data. The tables and charts are ordered into specific topics, which are preceded by useful chapter descriptions. The authors acknowledge a weakness in the Statistics Canada data which uses variables limited to gender and age; workers of colour, aboriginal workers and workers with disabilities are not separately accounted for.

Despite the government rhetoric of long-term gains for all Canadians following economic re-structuring, living standards of the 1990s are comparable with those of the mid-1970s and the growth of real income for workers is comparable to that of the Great Depression years of the 1930s. The analysis seeks to be descriptive, and a detailed exploration of contributing factors or recommendations for change are beyond the scope of this work. It is intended as a tool to be utilised by labor and social activists, students, academics and the media and in this way, to promote system change.

[Abstract by Diana Canning]

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