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Work Less, Sleep More

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 6th SEPTEMBER 2011

EVENTS

SPADINA LABOUR HISTORY WALKING TOUR

September 8
6:30 p.m. outside 33 Cecil Street (south of College, running east off Spadina) Toronto

This walking tour of Spadina will focus on the rich labour history and important struggles that took place up and down that wonderful broad avenue.

More info: http://www.catalystcentre.ca/blog

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APCOL SEMINAR: USE OF GANDHIAN NON-VIOLENCE BY POOR LANDLESS PEOPLE OF INDIA

With speaker Ravi Badri
Sept. 21
12:30 – 2:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 12-274
252 Bloor St. West (St. George subway), Toronto

Description: Ekta Parishad is a people’s movement that works on Ghandhian principles of non-violence on the issue of community rights over the commons like land, water and forest. They carry out large scale non-violent actions like foot-marches to convince the government on their agenda. In 2007, 25,000 landless people walked a distance of over 300 km over a 1-month period. We will watch a documentary that is based on this action and engage in discussion on the principles and strategies behind their organizing.

Bio: Ravi Badri, a member of the Catalyst Centre, a co-operative of popular educators, graduated with a M.Ed degree from Adult Education and Community Development from OISE/UT. He spent about eight months with Ekta Parishad as part of his graduate program and field experience and is returning in September to support the movement as it prepares for its next action in 2012 during which 100,000 people will walk once again to continue their efforts towards a just society.

The seminar is sponsored by APCOL (Anti-Poverty Community Organizing & Learning Project), OISE/UT.

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McMASTER UNIVERSITY LABOUR STUDIES SPEAKER SERIES 2011 – FALL SEMESTER

All welcome.

Robert Russell (Griffith University)
“Professional Call Centres, Professional Workers and the Paradox of the Algorithm: The Case of Tele-nursing”
Wednesday, September 21, 2:30-4:00 pm
Chester New Hall, Room 607

Larry Savage (Brock University)
“Unions, Elections, and the Politics of Strategic Voting”
Wednesday, October 12, 2:30-4:00 pm
Chester New Hall, Room 607

Don Moran (CUPE)
“Unions and Aboriginal peoples in Canada: CUPE Experience”
Monday, October 24, 2:30-4:00 pm
Chester New Hall, Room 607

Cynthia Cranford (University of Toronto)
“Toward Flexibility with Security: The Organization of Personal Home Care in Toronto and Los Angeles”
Wednesday, November 16
Chester New Hall, Room 607

For more information contact Delia Hutchison at (905) 525-9140 ext. 27723 or hutchin@mcmaster.ca

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53rd ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE (AERC) – CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS

The 2012 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 53rd Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for May 31-June 3, 2012 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Pre-conferences are scheduled for May 30th. The full call for proposals is available online at:
http://adulterc.org

We are accepting proposals for three types of presentations:
1. Papers
2. Research Roundtables
3. Symposia

*All proposals must be RECEIVED by email on or before October 7, 2011.
*Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email.

We look forward to seeing each of you in Saratoga Springs!
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NEWS & VIEWS

WORKER POWER IN AN AGE OF UNEVEN AUSTERITY

By Steven Tufts and Mark Thomas, The Bullet

Any time commentators speak of a new ‘age,’ powerful assumptions quickly become entrenched in our thinking. An ‘age of austerity’ now encompasses many western economies as governments launch fierce campaigns against workers to lower public sector wages. At the same time, capital has taken a ‘wait and see’ attitude resulting in an unprecedented hoarding of surplus and thereby limiting investment and real job creation. As unions are put on the defensive by austerity measures, calls for broader working-class organizations from diverse groups on the left have become commonplace. Difficult questions remain around how to build such formations and what role organized labour
can play, if any, in their development.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/541.php

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LABOR ICON JOE HILL WAS WRONGFULLY EXECUTED, SAYS NEW BOOK (VIDEO)

Joe Hill was a labor activist, miner, longshoreman and songwriter who was executed by a Utah firing squad in 1915 on charges of killing a local grocer and his son. Hill was the lead songwriter for the International Workers of the World, also known as the I.W.W. and the Wobblies, and controversial due to its militant tactics. Hill, who was born in Sweden as Joel Hagglund, is known as a labor hero for penning lyrics including “You’ll get pie in the sky when you die”; his songs include “The Preacher and the Slave,” “There is Power in a Union” and “The Rebel Girl.” He’s also remembered thanks to a folk ballad, “Joe Hill,” sung by Paul Robeson and Joan Baez.

Controversy has always surrounded Hill’s conviction for murder: The only piece of circumstantial evidence was a gunshot wound that Hill had suffered on the same night, January 14, 1914, as the grocer and his son were killed. A new biography, The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon, by William Adler aims to set the record straight thanks to a letter written by Hill’s sweetheart, Hilda Erickson.

Read more:  http://www.care2.com/causes/labor-icon-joe-hill-says-new-book-video.html#ixzz1XEbYHMUM  

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GIVE KARL MARX A CHANCE TO SAVE THE WORLD ECONOMY

By George Magnus, Information Clearing House

Policy makers struggling to understand the barrage of financial panics, protests and other ills afflicting the world would do well to study the works of a long-dead economist: Karl Marx. The sooner they recognize we’re facing a once-in-a-lifetime crisis of capitalism, the better equipped they will be to manage a way out of it.

The spirit of Marx, who is buried in a cemetery close to where I live in north London, has risen from the grave amid the financial crisis and subsequent economic slump. The wily philosopher’s analysis of capitalism had a lot of flaws, but today’s global economy bears some uncanny resemblances to the conditions he foresaw.

Consider, for example, Marx’s prediction of how the inherent conflict between capital and labor would manifest itself. As he wrote in “Das Kapital,” companies’ pursuit of profits and productivity would naturally lead them to need fewer and fewer workers, creating an “industrial reserve army” of the poor and unemployed: “Accumulation of wealth at one pole is, therefore, at the same time accumulation of misery.”

Read more: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28984.htm

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca.

If you would like to promote an event or have news to share, send an email to csew-broadcast-oise-l@listserv.utoronto.ca. Messages will be reviewed before posting.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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