Fonds 1323 - Morley Gunderson fonds

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UTA 1323


Morley Gunderson fonds


  • 1975-2008 (Creation)

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1.11 m of textual records (9 boxes)

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(1949 -)

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Prof. Morley Gunderson (b. 1949) is a labour scholar and professor at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources and Department of Economics. His academic work looks at a broad range of workplace and employment issues including gender-based wage discrimination, pensions and mandatory retirement, youth employment, and labour market analysis.

In 1967, Prof. Gunderson received his B.A. from Queen’s University. He later attended the University of Wisconsin where he completed his M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1971) in economics. He joined the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources in 1971 as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 1980. From 1985 to 1997, Prof. Gunderson served as the Centre’s Director. He currently holds the CIBC Chair in Youth Employment at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Gunderson has maintained an active advisory role in a number of government task forces, commissions and committees. These have included studies and consultation for the Pay Equity Commission, the Ontario Royal Commission on Workers’ Compensation, and the Ianni Task Force on Mandatory Retirement, among many others. He has served as a specialist for agencies such as Statistics Canada and Human Resources Development Canada.

Prof. Gunderson had also authored numerous books, articles and reports. Titles include "Women and the Canadian labour market: Transitions towards the future" (1998) and "Labour market economics: Theory, evidence and policy in Canada" (6th ed., with D. Benjamin, T. Lemieux and C. Riddell, 2007).

In 2008, Prof. Gunderson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2011, he became the first Canadian fellow of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). He has also received the Industrial Relations Research Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Gérard Dion Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Industrial Relations in recognition of his work.

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Fonds consists of records documenting aspects of the professional life and work of Prof. Gunderson. Material reflects the Professor’s academic interests in areas such as pay equity and mandatory retirement, as well as representing his work consulting for various governmental agencies, particularly Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Records include offprints, data print-outs, correspondence, background material and court exhibits.

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Records in the Morley Gunderson fonds follow an imposed order as no consistent original order could be discerned.

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  • English

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