Racism as a Workload and Bargaining Issue


  • Rita Kaur Dhamoon University of Victoria




Racism, unions, workload, faculty of colour, Indigenous faculty, collective bargaining


My main contention is that racism should be read beyond the registers of discrimination, human rights, or harassment – rather, I approach racism as a workload issue that labour organizations and employers need to address at the level of collective bargaining. To illustrate this argument, I focus on racism and workload as it relates to Black faculty, faculty of colour, and Indigenous faculty in universities and colleges in Canada, although the argument can be applied to other job types and other places. While many unions have policies and statements in support of local, national and international anti-racist struggles, the idea of racism as a workload issue has not been seriously taken up by unions/associations, or for that matter by anti-racist activists on university/college campuses. I offer reasons why racism is a workload issue, and consider the potential role of unions in addressing racism.

Author Biography

Rita Kaur Dhamoon, University of Victoria

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science