You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till it’s Gone

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till it’s Gone

This is the third of the VCCFA Speaker Series.

How Labour Unions can help Save Public Education

April 4 & 5, 2017

Elaine Bernard, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Labour and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Trade Union Program. Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Bernard has a BA from the University of Alberta, a MA from the University of British Columbia and Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.

A lifelong union member and activist, Dr. Bernard brings a refreshing balance of humour and passion for worker rights to her talks and teaching. She has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of international comparative labour movements, union leadership and governance, and the role of unions in promoting civil society, democracy and economic growth.

Some of her more recent talks and publications include:

  • “Igniting the Union Inspiration”,
  • “From Heroes to Zeros: the War on Unions and the Public Sector”,
  • “Lighting Fires vs Putting Them Out: Creating a Union Organizing Culture”, and
  • “Social Justice Unionism: Labour as a Political Force”