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Warrian Peter, Adjunct Member

Peter Warrian

Adjunct Member

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Sociology



Measuring returns on investments in training, particularly in the steel and construction industries. Changing values of local union leaders regarding the workplace, unions and social issues.


Positions Held


1974-1983                   Legislative Director and Research Director, United Steelworkers of America

1983-1985                   Executive Assistant to the President, Ontario Public Service

                                    Employees Union

1993                            Executive Director of the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress

1992-1994                   Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and Chief Economist of the Province of Ontario

1993                            Executive Director, Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress

2001                            Sefton Lecturer, 19th Annual Sefton Memorial Lecture, University of Toronto

2011                            Member, Editorial Board of the Public Sector Productivity and Management Review

2011                            Member, Working Group on Public Sector Productivity, International Institute of Administrative Science

2011                            Adjunct Member, Munk Centre for International Studies

2011                            Professional Associate, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto


  • 1968 BA, Sociology, University of Waterloo
  • 1972 MA, History, University of Waterloo
  • 1986 PhD, History, University of Waterloo


Selected Publications

"Can't Get There From Here: Old/New Unions in a New/Old Economy", 19th Larry Sefton Memorial Lecture, University of Toronto, Woodsworth College, 2001. 17 p.

"The Social Cost of Moving to 'Lean Production': a Canadian view of NAFTA,"  in Essays in Economic Globalization, Transnational Policies and Vulnerability. A. Kouzmin and A. Hayne (eds.) Amsterdam: IOS Press, 1999.

"Coercive Bargaining: Public Sector Restructuring under the Ontario Social Contract 1993-96,"  in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 52, No. 2 (January 1999).

"The Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress: Old-fashioned Labour-Management Cooperation or an Innovation in Joint Governance?," with Anil Verma and Kai Lamertz, in Forging Business-Labour Partnerships: The Emergence of Sector Councils in Canada Morley Gunderson and Andrew Sharpe (eds.) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Hard Bargain: Transforming Public Sector Labour Management Relations. Toronto: McGilligan Press, 1996. 205 p.

"Re-aligning Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations: Can Hydro Become a Mutual Gains Enterprise?" in Ontario Hydro at the Millenium Ronald Daniels (ed.). McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996.

The End of Public Sector "Industrial" Relations in Canada?: the Coming Challenges for Labour and Management. Toronto: KPMB Centre for Government Foundation.