ACW Co-Investigator Marjorie Griffin Cohen named Chair of BC Fair Wages Commission

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SFU professor emeritus and ACW project co-investigator Marjorie Griffin Cohen has been tasked by the BC Government to move the province to a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Cohen, an economist, will chair the three-person Fair Wages Commission, Labour Minister Harry Bains announced on October 5. The other panelists are Ivan Limpright, the current president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 1518; and Ken Peacock, the vice-president and chief economist of the Business Council of B.C.

The panel has 90 days to produce a report on how the province should transition to a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Marjorie Griffin Cohen told reporters that that panelists will determine how the commission will gather input from workers, businesses, and the public during a consultation process, which could involve travelling the province.

The NDP campaigned on a $15 minimum by 2021 during the recent election.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is involved closely in the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change (ACW) project, based at York University. Her edited book, Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries Work, was published recently by Routledge.

 

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New book! Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries

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Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries
Work, public policy and action

Edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen

 

Griffen CohenClimate Change, Gender and Work in Rich Countries is unique in that it covers a wide range of issues dealing with work and climate change in wealthy industrialized countries. It shows how the gendered distinctions in both experiences of climate change and the ways that public policy deals with issues has been absent in policy discussions and why their inclusion matters.

 

Climate change is at the forefront of ideas about public policy, the economy and labour issues. However, the gendered dimensions of climate change and the public policy issues associated with it in wealthy nations are much less understood.

Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries covers a wide range of issues dealing with work and working life. The book demonstrates the gendered distinctions in both experiences of climate change and the ways that public policy deals with it. The book draws on case studies from the UK, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Spain and the US to address key issues such as: how gendered distinctions affect the most vulnerable; paid and unpaid work; and activism on climate change. It is argued that including gender as part of the analysis will lead to more equitable and stronger societies as solutions to climate change advance.

This volume will be of great relevance to students, scholars, trade unionists and international organisations with an interest in climate change, gender, public policy and environmental studies.

Marjorie Griffin Cohen is an economist and a Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

 

Series: Routledge Studies in Climate, Work and Society

 

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