York University Professor Carla Lipsig-Mummé has been named the 2018 winner of the Sefton-Williams Award for Contributions to Labour Relations. It is presented by the University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, to honour those who have made a significant contribution to the field of labour relations and human rights. Previous eminent recipients of the award have included former President of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress Bob White, feminist labour activist and Professor Emeritus of Women’s Studies at York University Linda Briskin, and former Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada Ed Broadbent. The award is named in honour of Mr. Larry Sefton and Mr. Lynn Williams, two pioneering leaders of the United Steelworkers of America in Canada.
“Professor Lipsig-Mummé’s research and activism in the labour relations field, most recently and innovatively exploring the link between climate change and the world of work, has bridged the gap between practitioner and scholar,” said Professor Rafael Gomez, Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources. “The Sefton-Williams committee felt compelled to honour these achievements.”
Carla Lipsig-Mummé is Professor of Work and Labour Studies at York University, and is currently Principal Investigator of the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW) research project, which brings together 56 individual researchers and 25 partner organizations in seven countries. Its ground-breaking work has been recognized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has edited Climate @ Work (2013), and co-edited Work in a Warming World, (2015), which present research from the ACW project.
The Award will be presented at the annual memorial lecture, to be held this year on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St., Toronto. Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, will deliver the memorial lecture entitled, “Dependence and Precarity in the ‘Sharing’ Economy.” To register for the free event, click here .