Labour Journal of Canadian Labour Studies Le Travail Revue d’Études Ouvrières Canadiennes

Managing editor(s): Kathy Killoh (Journal Coordinator / Coordonnatrice à la revue) / Editor(s): Charles Smith (Editor / Directeur), Kirk Niergarth (Editor / Directeur)


Labour/Le Travail is the official, semi-annual publication of the Canadian Committee on Labour History. Since it began publishing in 1976, it has carried many important articles in the field of working-class history, industrial sociology, labour economics, and labour relations. Although primarily interested in a historical perspective on Canadian workers, the journal is interdisciplinary in scope. In addition to articles, the journal features documents, conference reports, an annual bibliography of materials in Canadian labour studies, review essays, and reviews. While the main focus of the journal's articles is Canadian, the review essays and reviews consider international work of interest to Canadian labour studies. Many of Labour's articles are illustrated and each issue is book length, averaging 350 pages an issue.


Kathy Killoh
Managing Editor
Athabasca University Press


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Editorial policy and ethics

L/LT is a bilingual semi-annual review dedicated to the broad, interdisciplinary study of Canadian labour history. Holding to no rigid position on the definition of labour, the Editorial Board hopes to foster imaginative approaches to both teaching and research in labour studies through an open exchange of viewpoints. The Board feels that Canadian history lacks a sufficient understanding of the lives of workers. Productive human energy has played a vital role in the development of Canadian society. Our common life has also been richly endowed with the cultural contributions of generations of working men and women. It will be the constant endeavour of L/LT to rectify an all too general Canadian ignorance of these legacies. The Board welcomes the submission of articles dealing with the following: trade and industrial union organization; social and cultural aspects of the lives of workers; questions relating to labour in politics and the economy; the impact of labour problems on local communities and on various ethnic, cultural and national groups; biographical treatments of union leaders or radicals associated in some way with the labour movement; labour ideologies of reform or revolution; and comparative studies of labour in other countries which shed light on the Canadian situation.

Articles are to be submitted electronically in MS Word format to the L/LT office cclh@athabascau.caLabour/Le Travail expects that authors who submit manuscripts for peer review assessment and possible publication in its pages have not submitted the same manuscript to other journals, where it will also be considered for publication at the same time that it is being assessed at Labour/Le Travail. Upon receipt, the manuscripts are reviewed by the editor and if the article fits the journal's editorial mandate and is felt to be of reasonable quality, the manuscript is sent out for review. The referees generally include both members and non-members of the editorial board. When the referees' reports are received, the editor compiles them, makes a final decision upon the manuscript based on the referees' views, and reports to the author. The author always receives the readers' reports and is invited to respond to them. Articles may be rejected, accepted without revision (rarely), accepted with revision (frequently) or accepted subject to substantial revision and resubmission to one of the original readers to insure that the revisions are adequate. Upon acceptance of an article authors are asked to sign our permission to print form.


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Self-Archiving Policy 

This journal permits authors to post the publisher's pdf of their published work in institutional repositories 12 months after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in this journal.

Information for contributors

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Articles are to be submitted electronically to the L/LT office at
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Submissions should normally not exceed 15,000 words.
  • The submission file is a Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Footnotes are included at the bottom of the page and not at the end of the submission.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author English Guidelines | Author French Guidelines.
  • The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles, Research Notes, etc.), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

Editorial board

Editors / Directeurs

Kirk Niergarth, Mount Royal University, Canada
Charles Smith, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Editor’s Advisory Committee / Comité consultatif de rédaction

David Camfield, University of Manitoba, Canada
Thomas Collombat, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada
Alvin Finkel, Athabasca University, Canada
Judy Fudge, McMaster University, Canada
Greg Kealey, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Bryan D. Palmer, Trent University, Canada
Andrew Parnaby, Cape Breton University, Canada
Joan Sangster, Trent University, Canada
Julia Smith, University of Manitoba, Canada

English Review Editors / Responsable des comptes rendus anglais
Ted McCoy
, University of Calgary, Canada

French Review Editor / Responsable des comptes rendus en français
Camille Robert
, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Journal Coordinator / Coordonnatrice à la revue
Kathy Killoh
, Journals and Digital Coordinator, Athabasca University Press, Canada

Journal Assistant / Adjointe à la revue
Samantha Kam
, Athabasca University Press, Canada

Editorial Board / Comité de rédaction
Denyse Baillargeon, University of Montreal, Canada
Jenny Carson, Ryerson University, Canada
Marlea Clarke, University of Victoria, Canada
Karen C. Flynn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
David Frank, University of New Brunswick-Fredericton, Canada
Christina Gabriel, Carleton University, Canada
Jeffrey Hilgert, University of Montreal, Canada
Dan Irving, Carleton University, Canada
Ben Isitt, Red Cedar Institute, Canada
Lachlan MacKinnon, Cape Breton University, Canada
Eryk Martin, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada
Ted McCoy, University of Calgary, Canada
Charles Menzies, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jeremy Milloy, Mount Allison University, Canada
Sean Mills, University of Toronto, Canada
James Naylor, Brandon University, Canada
Doug Nesbitt, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Nelson Ouellet, Université de Moncton, Canada
Carmela Patrias, Brock University, Canada
Martin Petitclerc, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Carolyn Podruchny, York University, Canada
Sean Purdy, Universidade de Saõ Paulo, Brazil
Camille Robert, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Stephanie Ross, McMaster University, Canada
Larry Rousseau, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
Chris Samuel, Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF), Canada
Larry Savage, Brock University, Canada
Kendra Strauss, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Jeff Taylor, University of Manitoba, Canada
Eric Tucker, York University, Canada
Steven Tufts, York University, Canada
Leah Vosko, York University, Canada
Harvey Amani Whitfield, University of Calgary, Canada
Miriam Wright, University of Windsor, Canada

International Advisory Board / Conseil Consultatif international
Verity Burgmann
, University of Melbourne, Australia
Alexandre Fortes, Brazil
Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University, United States
Neville Kirk, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Joseph McCartin, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Silke Neunsinger, Labour Movement Archives and Library, Sweden
Sheila Rowbotham, Manchester University, United Kingdom
Jason Russell, SUNY Empire State University, United States
Christopher Tomlins, University of California - Irvine, United States
Marcel Van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Netherlands