University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - Labour Studies - Julie Guard
Julie Guard

Ph.D., 1994, University of Toronto/OISE
M.E.S., 1987, York University
B.A., 1978, University of Western Ontario

Research Interests:

Canadian labour history, social movement history, history of dissent and repression, history of the Canadian left, women's history, consumer and food history

Teaching Areas:

Canadian labour history, Canadian social history, public policy on labour issues, labour unions and labour relations, sweatshops and anti-sweatshop movements


2019  Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth Century Canada. University of Toronto Press.

Edited Books:

2009  with Wayne Antony. Bankruptcies and Bailouts, Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.

Articles in Journals:

2012  with D'Arcy Martin, Laurie McGauley, Mercedes Steedman, and Jorge Garcia-Orgales.  "Art as Activism:  Empowering Workers and Reviving Unions through Popular Theatre."  Labor Studies Journal volume 37 issue 2 (June):  163-182.  DO1 10.1177/0160449X11431895

2010 "A Mighty Power against the Cost of Living:  Canadian Housewives Organize in the 1930s."  International Labor and Working-Class History  (spring), vol. 77, no.  1:  27-47.

2007   with Mercedes Steedman and Jorge Garcia-Orgales. “Organizing the Electronic Sweatshop: Rank-and-File Participation in Canada’s Steel Union,” LABOR: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, volume 4, issue 3 (fall): 9-31.

2004  "Making the Scholarship Political: Ruth Roach Pierson’s Feminist Pedagogy.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, special issue two: 68-71.

2004  “Authenticity on the Line: Women Workers, Native ‘Scabs,’ and the Multi-Ethnic Politics of Identity in a Left-led Strike in Cold War Canada.” Journal of Women's History, special issue on Women's Labors, vol. 15 no. 4 (winter): 117-140.

1996. "Fair Play or Fair Pay? Gender Relations, Class Consciousness, and Union Solidarity in the Canadian UE, 1949 to 1955." Labour/le travail 37 (Spring): 149-177. (awarded Hilda Neatby Prize, 1997).

Chapters in Books:

2017   "Canada's Citizen Housewives: Cold War Anticommunism and the Limits of Maternalism." In Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism in North American History, edited by Louis Hyman and Joseph Tohill,. Cornell University Press and Between the Lines.

2016    "The Politics of Milk: Canadian Housewives Organize in the 1930s." In Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History, 7th edition, edited by Adele Perry, Tamara Myers, and Lara Campbell. Oxford University Press (Canada).

2016    "Canadian Citizens or Dangerous Foreign Women: Canada's Radical Consumer Movement, 1947-1950." In Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Women in Canadian History 2nd edition, edited by Marlene Epp and Franca Lacovetta. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2012    "The Politics of Milk:  Canadian Housewives Organize in the 1930s."  In Edible Histories, Cultural Politics:  Towards a Canadian Food History.  Eds. Franca Iacovetta, Valerie j. Korinek and Marlene Epp.  University of Toronto Press:  271-85.

2007   “Can Call Centres Contribute to Manitoba’s Community Economic Development?”   John Loxley, Jim Silver and Kathleen Sexsmith, eds. Doing Community Economic Development. Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood/Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 123-135.

2006   with Jorge Garcia-Orgales, Mercedes Steedman, and D’Arcy Martin. "Organizing Call Centres: The Steelworkers' Experience." In Pradeep Kumar and Christopher Schenk, eds. Paths to Union Renewal: Canadian Experiences.  Toronto: Broadview Press: 277-292.

2004  "Canadian Citizens or Dangerous Foreign Women? Canada's Radical Consumer Movement, 1947-1950." In Marlene Epp, Franca Iacovetta and Frances Swyripa, eds., Sisters or Strangers? Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 161-189.

2000  "Women Worth Watching: Radical Housewives in Cold War Canada." In D. Buse, G. Kinsman, and M. Steedman, eds., Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies. Toronto: Between the Lines: 73-88.

1996  “Womanly Innocence and Manly Self-Respect: Gendered Challenges to Labour’s Postwar Compromise.” In Cy Gonick, Paul Phillips, and Jesse Vorst, eds., Labour Gains, Labour Pains: Fifty Years of PC 1003.  Winnipeg: Society for Socialist Studies: 119-137.

1990  "Dealing with Difference: Power in the New Feminist Historiography." In S. Kirby, D. Daniels, K. McKenna, and M. Pujol, eds., Women Change the Academy/Les femmes changeant l'academie: The Proceedings of the 1990 CWSA Conference.  Winnipeg, Manitoba: Sororal Publishing: 135-141.

Electronic Publications:

with Rachel Gotthilf, Rachel Heinrichs, Brian Latour, Kyle Mytruk, Kim Parry, Chris Rigaux and Zachery Saltis. “Fastfacts: Where Does the Money Go? University of Manitoba Senior Administrators Get Big Pay Hikes But Faculty and Staff Morale Remains Low.” 25 October 2007. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

“Training Unemployed Manitobans for Call Centres – A Good Public Investment?” 7 December 2006. Manitoba: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Manitoba’s Call Centre Explosion: A Preliminary Overview. 2003. Toronto: United Steelworkers Canada.