Online event to dive into impact of inflation on working families

Inflation, the impact of rising costs on families and the possible responses of workers, unions and progressive governments will be at the centre of a free public webinar next week.

“Prices, Profits, Power: A People’s Guide to Inflation,” hosted by Brock University’s Department of Labour Studies and the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS), will take place virtually Monday, May 30 from noon to 1 p.m.

“There are differing opinions about the causes of current inflation and how governments should respond, but the populist right and Bay Street economists have tended to dominate the narrative,” says Brock Associate Professor Simon Black, who will moderate the panel discussion. “To bring some balance to public discourse, this webinar will allow students, workers and union members to hear from some of the leading progressive political economists in Canada today.”

The discussion will include the following expert panelists:

  • Adam King, Senior Researcher in Social and Economic Policy at the Canadian Labour Congress and author of Passage Magazine’s weekly labour newsletter, Class Struggle.
  • Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist at CUPE National and Policy Fellow at the Broadbent Institute, who writes a quarterly publication for CUPE members, Economy at Work.
  • Jim Stanford, Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work and previously an Economist and Director of Policy at Unifor, whose publications include the Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism and a regular column in the Toronto Star.

Everyone is welcome to attend but advance registration is required to access the online event.

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