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Participants Needed for a Study on VAW shelters/transition houses, labour and unionization

Participants Needed for a Study on VAW shelters/transition houses, labour and unionization

Seeking participants in a study about Canadian Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters/transition houses (THs), labour and unionization. The purpose of this project is to understand the outcomes of unionization within VAW shelters/THs from the perspectives of frontline workers who are supportive of unions, those who are neutral and those who may have reservations.

Are you a current or former VAW shelter/TH front-line worker who has:

  • Represented your union (union steward or executive of a local)?
  • Questioned the value of unions in your workplace?
  • Participated in the collective bargaining process?
  • Contributed to a unionization campaign (as an organizer or volunteer)? 
  • Worked on a failed campaign to unionize?
  • Participated in labour disputes (strikes, actions, campaigns, etc)?
  • Not been active in your union but would like to share your experience and thoughts?

If you answer "yes" to one or more of these questions, you are invited to participate in this research project! Participation includes an interview for approximately one hour (via skype, telephone, or in person).

Confidentially and anonymity will be strictly maintained. Participation is based on a first come/first served basis and recruitment will continue until the number of interviews required is reached (15 total). Please contact Krystle Maki if you have any questions or would like to participate.

This research is being conducted by Krystle Maki, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa. Krystle is also the Research and Policy Coordinator at Women's Shelters Canada (WSC). This project is separate from Krystle's work at WSC, but the organization supports this research.


Principle investigator: Dr. Krystle Maki


Phone: (343)-998-9867

Office: Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Room 11031

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