WORKPLACE LEARNING AND SOCIAL CHANGE COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM WINTER COLLOQUIUM
“Made in Lesotho: Examining clothing workers’ perceptions of compliance with labour standards”
Speaker: Kelly Pike
February 6, 2013
5:45 – 7:15pm
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Kelly Pike did her PhD in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her dissertation focused on examining the factors that lead to variation in workers’ perceptions of compliance in Lesotho’s clothing industry. As part of her fieldwork, she spent two years living in Southern Africa and, a Canadian, has recently returned for post-doctoral research with Leah Vosko at York University. There, she is working on building a global employment standards database, comparing employment standards enforcement across Canada, the US, UK and Australia. Kelly also teaches the Negotiations course at Woodsworth College, and works as a part-time consultant for the World Bank, doing comparative research on labour standards compliance in Lesotho and Kenya’s clothing industries.
Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT.
ROXANA NG, 1951-2013
Roxana Ng, PhD
Adult Education and Community Development Program Head, Center for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
May 28, 1951 – Jan 12, 2013
Roxana Ng passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital after a short and courageous fight with cancer. She leaves behind her father Evan and mother Katherine, and brothers, David and Calvin and their partners, Gio and Katherine. Roxana was generous of spirit, committed to activism and social justice, and dedicated to Emma, Bella and Bijela. She will be deeply missed by a wide circle of family, friends and colleagues.
Roxana was born in Hong Kong in 1951. She immigrated with her parents and two brothers to Canada in 1970. She received a BA from University of British Columbia, and a PhD from University of Toronto. Since 1988, she has been a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto). Roxana’s extensive scholarship on race, gender and class; immigrant women and garment workers; and embodied learning and decolonizing pedagogy is a legacy to be cherished and celebrated.
On Tuesday May 28, 2013, a celebration of Roxana’s life and work will be held in the Library at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor St W from 5pm-8pm. For more information, visit http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse/
To honour Roxana’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Inter Pares (http://www.interpares.ca/en/giving/index.php).
Online Condolences at http://www.newediukfuneralhome.com
UNITED ASSOCIATION FOR LABOR EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2013
“Across Boundaries: What are Workers Saying and Doing?”
April 17-20, 2013
108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Make reservations with the hotel:
Use access code 18176
416-599-0555 or 1-800-668-6600
Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world. – Tommy Douglas, founder of Canada’s New Democratic Party and father of Canadian Medicare.
In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.
UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.
For more info: http://uale.org/conference/conference-2013
Download the Conference brochure here: http://uale.org/component/docman/doc_download/156-2013-conference-brochure?Itemid=
AGAINST AUSTERITY AND WAR: FIGHTING FOR A PEOPLE’S AGENDA
Sunday, Jan. 20
2:00pm until 5:00pm
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 5-260
Miguel Figueroa, head of the Communist Party of Canada Johan Boyden, head of the Young Communist League
As 2013 starts with drums of protest, revolutionary & progressive activists have much to reflect on. Last year was the fourth full calendar year of the global economic crisis which erupted in the fall of 2008, and there is no end on the horizon.
Everywhere in the “developed” capitalist world, austerity is the only item on the menu for the corporate elite and their parties, including social democratic politicians who were elected on platforms to defend working people.
Resistance is not limited to Europe. The working class internationally is clearly at the centre of an emerging world-wide movement for fundamental social transformation.
Many Canadian working people share this hunger for a better future for our families and communities. Come hear the proposals of the Communist Party of Canada and the Young Communist League for the way forward!
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE CONGRESS OF THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
University of Victoria
June 1-8, 2013
Register today and benefit from our Early Bird rate. The online registration system is simple and easy to use. Go to http://www.congress2013.ca/register
Congress 2013 promises to be an inspiring and exciting experience, featuring:
– A stellar line-up of Big Thinking speakers including Louise Arbour, Dany Laferrière, Joy Kogawa and more!
– 68 association meetings.
– A variety of cultural activities at UVic, including Indigenous celebrations.
– North America’s largest interdisciplinary book and trade show: Congress Expo.
– New professional development workshops at Career Corner.
– The picturesque setting of Victoria, B.C. with its lush gardens, heritage architecture and stunning ocean views.
Start planning your trip to Victoria. Book your flight and your accommodations here: http://www.congress2013.ca/plan-your-trip/travel
New programs and events are being added daily to the online calendar of events! Check it out at http://www.congress2013.ca/calendar
The Early Bird rate is available until March 31, 2013. We look forward to seeing you at Congress 2013!
The 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an initiative of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is hosted by the University of Victoria.
INCLUSION INSIGHTS: THE 12TH ANNUAL YORK GRADUATE CONFERENCE IN EDUCATION
April 12-13, 2013
York University, Toronto
The Faculty of Education at York University is home to a range of diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives of education ranging from humanities to ethnography, technology, and arts-based research, across both global and local domains. The Annual Graduate Conference in Education brings together students, faculty, teachers and practitioners to share conceptual and methodological perspectives, practices, experiences and ideas in a collegial learning environment.
Topics for presentations include, but are not limited to:
– Community-situated learning, social justice education, diversity & equity;
– Experiential education, participatory methods;
– Indigenous ways of knowing, (de)colonizing practices;
– Urban education, disability studies, early childhood education;
– Trends in K-12 and post-secondary education;
– Psychoanalysis, sexualities, feminist studies, queer theory, cultural studies;
– Arts-based education, literacy, and linguistics;
– Global and International education, sustainability, environmental studies;
– Mathematics, science, media and technology education;
– Alternative education.
In addition to paper presentations, we welcome proposals consisting of already formed panels. We encourage both debate-style panels that include representatives advocating several positions on a topic of disagreement, and emerging-area style panels that consolidate and explain recent work on a subject of interest to education. Submissions for non-textual artifacts or performance-based presentations (dance, videos, photographs, artwork, technological resources, etc.) are also welcome. All submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 15, 2013.
For more details, visit: http://yugsc.info.yorku.ca/
INNER ACTIVIST PROGRAM
Be radically more effective in your change-making initiatives.
Leading social change demands you understand your relationship with yourself. Join fellow change leaders at Building Personal Mastery, March 21 – 27, 2013. Gain a new perspective. Start leading from your best self!
For more info: http://www.inneractivist.com/
NEWS & VIEWS
NEW BOOK AND ONLINE RESOURCE: RETHINKING LABOUR
Rethinking Labour was founded by professors Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage, who in 2012 published Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada (http://rethinkinglabour.ca/projects/rethinking-the-politics-of-labour-in-canada/).
The book asks how and why workers were able to exert collective power in the postwar era, how they lost it, and how they might re-establish it in the future.
Rethinking Labour includes both scholars and activists who undertake research on these issues to further the cause of workers’ rights, equality and democracy, both in Canada and around the world.
More info: http://rethinkinglabour.ca/
WELFARE TO WORK
The Income Security Advocacy Centre’s Latest Media and Policy News bulletin covers the topic “Welfare to Work,” with Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s white paper on social assistance reform as its top story. In addition to the white paper and press release of January 17, there are links to Canadian coverage of this story, as well as related news from international sources.
BUS STEWARDS WIN MORE ROUTES THROUGH ALLIANCE WITH RIDERS
by Nick Bedell, Labor Notes
New York City transit workers ran a winning campaign when we turned to community organizing in our fight against cuts in service.
The cuts to bus service were severe: 38 routes eliminated and 76 with shorter routes or shorter hours. Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 fought the Metropolitan Transportation Authority every step of the way, protesting at board meetings and in front of the director’s house. And we managed to get our laid-off workers back over the course of a year.
PROTECT THE GLOBAL DOMESTIC WORKER: REPORT
Canada yet to ratify UN safeguard for 53 million who toil in others’ homes.
by Tom Sandborn, TheTyee.ca
Working in other people’s homes is no guarantee of safety and dignity, according to a new report that finds domestics all over the world are vulnerable to economic exploitation, overwork, rape and other forms of physical abuse.
In the wake of that new UN sponsored research, local advocates say that Canada should be doing more to protect those who tend our children, clean our houses, cook our meals and care for the ill and the dying.
CAN LABOR HELP SHAPE AN EFFECTIVE CLIMATE CRISIS STRATEGY? YES.
Canada’s largest energy union says no to the Keystone XL pipeline
by Dave Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)
The speech below was delivered by the President of the CEP, Dave Coles, to the labor breakfast titled “Confronting the Climate Crisis: Can Labor Help Shape an Effective Strategy?” held at the City University of New York on 17 January 2013.
The obvious answer to the question is yes and the voice of energy workers is a particularly important one to hear while talking about labor’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As Canada’s largest energy union, the CEP represents 35,000 members employed in oil and gas extraction, transportation, refining, and conversion in the petrochemical and plastics sectors.
CEP believes that it is necessary to transition away from fossil fuels by reducing consumption and investing in green energies while ensuring a just transition for energy workers and their communities.
TEACHERS’ STRIKES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST AUSTERITY IN ONTARIO
by Murray Cooke, The Bullet
On January 3, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten announced that she will be imposing concessionary contracts on the province’s teachers. This is a drastic attack on collective bargaining rights that the teachers have said they will fight. It follows on the heels of the Liberal minority government’s Bill 115, “An Act to Implement Restraint Measures in the Education System,” passed last September with the support of the Conservatives.
A province-wide illegal strike across Ontario’s public education system in response to the latest attack is a real possibility. To begin to turn back the austerity agenda and defend trade union rights, a determined fightback, including a province-wide walkout, is a necessity. A wider movement of support and solidarity also needs to be built. Unfortunately, there is not much hope that the provincial NDP will be an effective player in such a movement.
S.A.M.E. RELEASES 4-PART MINI-SERIES ON MIGRANT WORKER EXPERIENCES IN CANADA
A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release
As another year passes, The S.A.M.E. continues to break new ground in engaging youth and their communities about the plight of migrant workers in Canada. The newest effort by The Students Against Migrant Exploitation, or The S.A.M.E., is a four-part mini-series on the experiences of migrant agricultural workers in Canada.
The mini-series highlights the experiences of several workers who are among the tens of thousands of people who migrate temporarily to work in fields and greenhouses across Canada.
The four-part series is aimed at providing the broader public with an insider’s look at the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program – a program that has been bringing tens of thousands of migrant workers to Canada every year since 1967.
The videos include first-hand accounts of migrant workers and their real-life experiences. The series is divided into the following episodes:
– Why They Migrate (PART I)
– Their Living/Working Conditions (PART II)
– Injuries on the Job (PART III)
– What Migrant Agricultural Workers Themselves Would Like to Change (PART IV)
Part One of The S.A.M.E. mini-series, “Why They Migrate”, is now showing on YouTube at
and the other episodes will soon be available for viewing and sharing.
Stay tuned to the YouTube channel for Canada’s leading voice for workers: http://www.youtube.com/ufcwcanada
To find out more about the The Same, go to http://www.thesame.ca
FIELD EDUCATION & TRAINING COORDINATOR
The Oregon Education Association is looking for a Field Education & Training Coordinator for their Union School.
The OEA Union School is an education and training center established as part of OEA’s Strategic Action Plan. The Union School plays a central role in the transformation of OEA to a more member-driven, strategic, organizing-action union.
The FEC will have responsibilities in OEA organizing. S/he will participate in planning, implementing and assessing activities and actions at the state, regional and local levels. The FEC will share responsibility for the education and training components of various organizational campaigns actions. This is a statewide position that will require a great deal of travel.
Deadline for applications: Jan. 25, 2013
For full job description and how to apply, see the posting on the UALE website: http://uale.org/forum/13-job-listings
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSOR IN CONTINUING AND COLLEGE EDUCATION
The Woodring College of Education invites dynamic and innovative educators to apply for a tenure-track position (open-rank) in the Master of Education Continuing and College Education (CCE) Program, beginning September 2013.
The successful candidate will be visionary and collaborative with other professional educators, students and alumni. She/he will maintain a strong record of scholarship and will be a leading educator. Additionally, she/he will support student professional development projects and assist students to be competitive in the market for teaching in higher education, directing training and staff development for business, industry, government and professional associations and as administrators of programs for adults, especially in colleges, technical schools and university settings.
For more information, please visit https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=3860
RESEARCH & EVALUATION COORDINATOR, PATHWAYS TO EDUCATION, REXDALE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
Deadline January 23, 2013
Permanent Full-Time Position
For more information, including application guidelines, please visit: https://charityvillage.com/jobs/search-results/job-detail.aspx?id=266692
COMMUNICATIONS AND FUNDRAISING INTERN
The Bhutan Canada Foundation is currently looking for a Communications & Fundraising Intern to join us for about 10 hours a week for a minimum of 8 weeks.
We’re looking for an energetic communicator that thrives in social media, has great organisational skills, and can work independently to join our small team.
Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. Closing date is Jan. 23, 2013. More info on us here: http://www.BhutanCanada.org
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
For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca
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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8
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