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First Annual Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards

The First Annual Min Sook Labour Arts Award will be given out at the Mayworks Gala on December 1st, 2012 at the Steelworkers Hall.

How can your local and/or organization help us?

1. Please discuss the Min Sook Lee award categories for potential nominees from your local/council/organization. Awards are granted in three categories, to local unions, union activists and to artists. Please send your nomination in by October 12.
2. Plan to attend the Mayworks Gala on Saturday, December 1st at the Steelworkers Hall where the awards will be given out. Tickets are $50 each and $25 for students, unemployed/ underemployed. A delicious East African dinner and fabulous entertainment is included in the cost of the ticket.
Reserve your table(s)/ticket(s) today! If you are unable to attend, please consider buying a couple of tickets so that we can offer them to our low income supporters.
3. Share this email with your e-list or include in your next newsletter.

We are very excited about what will be the talked-about event this fall. We appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you soon!!

For information about the Awards and/or Gala, please call 416.561.3163 or


Labour Education Centre 25th Anniversary

Thursday November 1st, 2012
4:30pm to 7:00pm
Labour Education Centre
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 100
(1 Block east of Don Mills Rd. on Eglinton Ave. East)
Free parking available next to building          


Please feel free to forward to others who may wish to attend.

25 Years of Serving Workers 1987 – 2012  


32nd Meeting of The Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education/Association Canadienne pour l’ étude de l’éducation des adultes

A conference to be held in conjunction with CSSE and CSSHE
University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada
June 3-5, 2013

Call for Proposals – EXTENDED DEADLINE!

Deadline for receipt of proposals via email is now November 1, 2012. Submit by email to: Maureen Coady,


Lessons from Quebec’s Student Strike: A cross-Canada speaking tour

Saturday, September 29 – Friday, October 5, 2012
Various locations

A cross-Canada speaking tour, featuring:

-Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, former spokesperson for CLASSE
-Cloé Zawadzki-Turcotte, a former member of CLASSE’s executive and a key organizer behind the strike
-Ethan Cox,’s Quebec correspondent and a former student organizer

This special tour will address what happened in Quebec, but also how the hard-earned lessons of the longest student strike in Canadian history can be applied to organizing across the country. We hope to be able to build bridges of solidarity with movements in other parts of Canada, ties that are critical to mounting a truly national movement against Stephen Harper and austerity.

For more info:


ILPC 2013 Call for Papers

Rutgers University
18-20 March 2013

The 2013 International Labour Process will take place at the Rutgers University <> in New Brunswick, New Jersey less than an hour by train from New York City. The deadline for submissions of proposals for abstracts and symposia is 31st October 2011.

The full Call is available here:
Proposals for abstracts and symposia can be submitted through the conference website (

The website also contains full details of the special streams <> that will supplement the general conference.

If you have any questions please contact We look forward to seeing you at Rutgers University.


International Webinar at CAPLA Conference

October 21–23, 2012
Westin Nova Scotian Hotel
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Don’t miss the Early Bird registration deadline on October 4th for CAPLA’s conference in Halifax, NS !

The Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) presents Recognizing Learning, Skills and Competencies: Strengthening today’s workplace for a better tomorrow on October 21–23, 2012 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

To register and for up-to-date information on pre-conference sessions, keynote speakers, concurrent workshops and other on-site events, visit or call 1-877-731-1333.

For those who cannot attend the Halifax conference, take advantage of the joint International PLA Network workshop/webinar taking place on Monday, October 22. Click here for registration details:

Conference participants are responsible for their own accommodation. Please contact the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel directly at 1-888-679-3784 to book your room.  Reference “CAPLA” to take advantage of the preferred conference rate of $139 which will expire on September 27.



There’s Something Happening Here
by Steven Ashby, Chicago Tribune

Teachers go on strike in Chicago and Lake Forest. Chicago symphony musicians walk out. Machinists walk picket lines in Joliet, and Wal-Mart warehouse workers stop working in Elwood. Gov. Pat Quinn gets chased from the state fair by angry government workers, and talk of a state workers strike is

The complete article can be viewed at:,0,3709084.story


Striking Greeks Retake Streets: ‘No to Troika’s Austerity!’

by Common Dreams

Hundreds of thousands of anti-austerity protesters took to the streets of Greece on Wednesday as the country was paralysed by a general strike in the first mass confrontation with Athens’s three-month-old coalition government.

Read more:


How Chicago Teachers Fought and Won

by Peter Brogan,

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend their first strike in 25 years, begun on the previous Monday, September 10 at 12:01am.

Many commentators from both left alternative publications and in the corporate press have observed that in an era of austerity when seemingly no unions in the United States — and I would add Canada — are fighting back against layoffs, budget cuts, wage freezes and the like, the CTU has stood up to a city government that was seeking massive concessions.

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Culture of Concessions Has Gutted Organized Labour

by Sam Gindin, the Bullet

At the end of the 1970s, just before the era of concessions began, the U.S. section of the United Auto Workers included some 700,000 members at the Big Three (GM, Ford and Chrysler). In each subsequent round of bargaining, the union accepted concessions in exchange for the promise of ‘job security.’ Today, after three decades of this charade – sold by the union as well as the companies – there are 110,000 UAW members left at these companies, a stunning loss of almost 85 per cent of the jobs.

Read more:


Analysis of Saskatchewan’s Renewal of Labour Legislation

Unions in a Democratic Society: A Response to the Consultation Paper on the Renewal of Labour Legislation in Saskatchewan, a new CCPA report by Christopher Schenk, critically reviews the contemplated changes to labour legislation proposed by the Saskatchewan government in their Consultation Paper on the Renewal of Labour Legislation in Saskatchewan. Despite claims by the government that the proposed changes merely seek to “modernize” labour legislation in the province, this report illustrates how the proposed changes will have the perverse effect of lowering wages, undermining workplace democracy and contributing to worsening inequality in Saskatchewan.

Read more:


New Book from CSEW’s Work and Lifelong Learning Network – Teacher Learning and Power in the Knowledge Society

Editors: Rosemary Clark, Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Canada; D.W. Livingstone, University of Toronto, Canada; Harry Smaller, York University, Canada

The rise of knowledge workers has been widely heralded but there has been little research on their actual learning practices. This book provides the first systematic comparative study of the formal and informal learning of different professional groups, with a particular focus on teachers.

Drawing on unique large-scale national surveys of working conditions and learning practices in Canada, teachers are compared with doctors and lawyers, nurses, engineers and computer programmers, as well as other professionals. The class positions of professionals (self-employed, employers, managers or employees) and their different collective bargaining and organizational decision-making powers are found to have significant effects on their formal learning and professional development (PD).

Promising alternative forms of integrating teachers’ work and their professional learning are illustrated. Teacher empowerment appears to be an effective means to ensure more integrated professional learning as well as to aid fuller realization of knowledge societies and knowledge economies.

Paperback ISBN 978-94-6091-971-8 Hardback ISBN 978-94-6091-972-5
Now with 20% conference discount

For more information:


JOBS Seeking Editorial Interns and a Labour Beat Reporter

If you’re looking for a job that offers a wonderful work environment and a chance to put your activist ethics and skills to work, you’ve found the right place! is seeking new editorial interns and a labour beat reporter — please visit the link below to find out more about these positions:

Editorial internships:

Co-op position: Labour Beat Reporter:


Director of Labour Relations, SGEU

Saskatoon, Permanent Full-Time

The Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) is “a membership driven, democratic union that strives for healthy productive work environments as we provide quality public services and representation for all interest groups.” We value respect, learning, cooperation, dignity, equality, justice and diversity. Headquartered in Regina, the SGEU has offices in Saskatoon and Prince Albert where qualified and competent staff provide a wide range of services to over 21,000 members.

Position Role:
A member of the senior management team, reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Labour Relations (DLR) manages and provides leadership, guidance, mentoring to the labour relations staff working in the Saskatoon and Prince Albert offices. The DLR plans, develops and ensures labour relation functions are timely, responsive, accurate and efficient.

For more information:



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

For more information about CSEW, visit:




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