Green Gold: The Forest Industry in British Columbia

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Appendix A
Methodology and Samples

SAMPLING PROCEDURES

Our objective was to obtain an understanding of how workers fared over their working lives, given what we understand about the nature of the industry and economy in which they work. To do this, we wanted to interview, in some depth, a large enough number of workers to draw some reasonable conclusions about general and typical patterns. We also wanted to have some basis for comparison of these patterns, through similar data obtained from workers in other industries but in the same regional circumstances. The data itself, though quantitative because it involves large numbers of people, is intended to be used as a basis for discussion and an illustration of trends, rather than as conclusive evidence. For parts of it, there would be no point in undertaking statistical analysis beyond simple proportions and percentages.

In view of this, the study was designed so as to provide a representative sample of workers and their families in each of the three towns. The towns themselves differed in important respects but, taken together, they were reasonably respresentative of the resource towns in B.C.

These towns, particularly in the north, include a large number of transient workers. In addition, there are many workers who might consider a town their home base but who, of necessity, travel between that town and several others in the region in search of seasonal work. Employers and unions may have persons listed as employees and members who are actually not resident in towns either permanently (they travel in from other areas and may live in logging camps) or temporarily because of layoffs and the availability of employment elsewhere during a layoff in their home town. Existing lists of residents are normally outdated very soon after compilation even if, as seems highly unlikely, they are accurate to being with. Voter’s lists, for example, are unrepresentative because they are systematically biased in favour of long-time residents and property holders. Telephone books include only renters, and do not indicate how many adults use a single telephone number or how many have no telephones. Hydro-user lists are more accurate, but while these have

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Part One- Capital xxi
  • 1- A Staples Economy 1
  • 2- History of a Resource Industry 29
  • 3- "Partners with Industry" 55
  • 4- The Structure of the Industry 82
  • Part Two- Labour 113
  • 5- Class and Human Capital 115
  • 6- Markets, Technology, and Employment 156
  • 7- Patterns of Employment and Unemployment 181
  • 8- Employment Conditions for Women in Resource Towns 213
  • 9- Job Control, Security, and Satisfaction 249
  • 10- Job Control and Ideology 269
  • Part Three- Communities 301
  • 11- The Instant Town 303
  • 12- At the End of the Forest 323
  • 13- Policies for Change 348
  • Appendix A- Methodology and Samples 381
  • Appendix B- Tables Accompanying Chapter 9- Job Control, Security, and Satisfaction 389
  • Appendix C- Tables Accompanying Chapter 10- Ideology 399
  • Bibliography 416
  • Index 437
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