Jason Foster (ON LEAVE) is Assistant Professor, Human Resources and Labour Relations at Athabasca University. His research interests include migrant workers, union renewal, labour history and diversity and equity in unions. His most recent research focuses on the growth of migrant labour in Canada, its labour market effects and union responses. He is the Board Chair of the Work and Learning Network at the University of Alberta, a Research Fellow at the Parkland Institute and a PhD candidate in the Department of Management, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. Before moving into academic circles, Jason spent many years working in labour relations for the labour movement and a variety of non-profit organizations.
As part of the On the Move Partnership, Jason Foster will be looking at the policy related to temporary foreign workers in Canada, specifically the labour market and occupational health and safety effects of the recent influx of temporary foreign workers over the past decade.
Foster, J. (2012). Making Temporary Permanent: The Silent Transformation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Just Labour. v19, 22-46.
Foster, J. and Barnetson, B. (2012). Justice for Janitors in Alberta: The impact of temporary foreign workers on an organizing campaign. Journal of Workplace Rights. 16(1) 3-29.
Taylor, A., Foster, J. & Cambre, C. (2012). Training ‘Expendable’ Workers: Temporary Foreign Workers in Nursing. Globalisation, Societies and Education 10(1) 95-117.
Foster, J. (2012), “Revolution, Retrenchment, and the New Normal: The 1990s and Beyond,” In Working People in Alberta: A History, edited by Alvin Finkel, 205-41. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.
Taylor, A., Foster J., Gereluk W., Schiebelbein J., Cambre C., Arku, C. (2011). Temporary Foreign Workers in Nursing in Alberta. Edmonton: Work and Learning Network, University of Alberta.
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