Overtime by Karl Kessler and Sunshine Chen (200**)

Industry and especially factory work is dwindling in Canada, replaced by the tech sector.

Things change in every age and place. This is what progress is all about. But there is a real tidal shift in our society because of all the new technologies in vogue.

This book showcases a record of fifty people who practise trades, professions and cultural traditions which are in decline since the early years of this century. For some, it was a slow face. For others, however, their jobs vanished overnight.

The people interviewed were located in three cities, four townships of Ontario’s Waterloo region–an area that was seeped in factory work of every kind.

However, they form a microcosm of things that are happening across the province. Technological, economic and societal changes have meant an ending to many long-established trades and customs. People no longer can expect to work in the same company their whole lives.

These people’s stories are hardly ever discussed. Whole lives and livelihoods are disrupted and forever changed.  Yet, life seems to just go on for most people, except for people who worked in these trades.

This book takes fifty such lives and discusses them. These people were given an opportunity to share their stories with the world. Given the closure of GM and other industries, I am struck by the change in people’s lives because of plant closures. I just hope that what comes next will be as meaningful as some of these jobs were for people.


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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