Charlotte Yates, McMaster University

Labour Studies Professor Hamilton, Ontario yatesch@mcmaster.ca Office: (905) 525-9140 ext. 27061

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Bio/Research

Charlotte Yates became interested in unions after years of struggling as a high school and University student against racism and for equal rights for women and studying Third World Politics. When she began her doctoral studies on unions in Ottawa, she had an opportunity to teach at the Canadian L...

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Bio/Research

Charlotte Yates became interested in unions after years of struggling as a high school and University student against racism and for equal rights for women and studying Third World Politics. When she began her doctoral studies on unions in Ottawa, she had an opportunity to teach at the Canadian Labour Congress's Labour College where she taught Canadian Politics for three years and was instrumental in unionizing the teaching staff there. This was the beginning of what has been a fruitful and intensely interesting 17 years of involvement in 1) union education, teaching classes to a range of unions from firefighters to autoworkers, 2) research into issues confronting unions including the writing a history of the Canadian Autoworkers, researching the impact of mergers on unions and examining the ways in which unions adapt to growing memberships among women and 3) giving public talks to unions and various labour federations. In addition to these activities, Charlotte Yates sits on the Board of a shelter for the homeless and is active in the governance of her children's primary school.

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