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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 18th FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

COLLABORACTION: BUILDING BLOCKS LEARNING EXCHANGE

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St.

Promote civic engagement and participation of diverse, low income communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

Participatory workshops will focus on:

– Imperative of engagement in diverse low income communities
– Building civic movements and leaders
– Web-based methodologies for community organizing
– Models for mobilizing diverse low income communities
     
This will be a lively learning exchange. We’ll showcase local leadership success stories and give you plenty of opportunities to connect with and learn from others. You’ll leave with ideas and practical information to build civic literacy and promote engagement and participation in your community.

Register online: http://colaboractionmarch202013.eventbrite.com/#

Sponsored by The Maytree Foundation.

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SOCIAL DEMOCRACY AND BRITISH COLUMBIA’S WORKING CLASS

A Community Workshop organized by the Canadian Committee on Labour History

Sunday, June 2, 1-5pm
Legacy Art Gallery
630 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
Coffee house/social to follow @ 5pm

Fresh on the heels of the BC provincial election, this workshop brings together activists and academics to consider the past, present and future of social democracy and BC’s working class. It seeks to provide context to current debates and strategies over labour laws, social programs and the balance of power in the workplace and communities.

Featuring:
– Jim Sinclair, British Columbia Federation of Labour
– Tara Ehrcke, Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association
– Ingo Schmidt, author of Social Democracy after the Cold War

Sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Labour History, University of Victoria Social Justice Studies Program and the Society for Socialist Studies.

To register, contact CCLH secretary Ben Isitt: isitt@uvic.ca  Registration fee $20, waived for students and the unwaged.

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LEADERSHIP, HIGHER AND ADULT EDUCATION (OISE-UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO) RESEARCH SMORGASBORD + SOCIAL

February 27
12-2pm
OISE, Room 12-199
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Come hear faculty from Adult Ed/Community Development, Ed Admin and Higher Ed programs present the findings from research in which they are engaged and have published, or are in the process of publishing. Social to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

– Peter Dietsche: “A perfect storm: public policy, access and student success in ontario colleges”
– Glen Jones: “Academic careers and national systems of higher education”
– Linda Muzzin: “Mapping curriculum and equity in Canada’s community colleges”
– Shahrzad Mojab: “Re-organization of educational services and social services in response to policy mandates emphasizing the security and securitization of youth”
– Jean-Paul Restoule: “Deepening knowledge and enhancing instruction through incorporation of indigenous worldviews in initial teacher education program at OISE”
– Kiran Mirchandani: “Phone clones: Identity, learning and work in the international call centre system with special attention to India”
– Jim Ryan: “The micropolitics of social justice leadership in organizations”
– Joe Flessa: “Streaming in Ontario schools”
– Carol Campbell: “Leading with evidence for educational improvement through education system change, professional capacity and student learning”

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FORUM: CLASS STRUGGLES IN CRISIS: FROM WALMART TO THE STATE

Friday February 22, 7 pm
Oakham House
Ryerson University Student Centre
63 Gould St, Toronto, at Church St.
Dundas St Subway.

A Socialist Register event

Please join for a panel discussion introduced and moderated by SR editors, Greg Albo, Vivek Chibber and Leo Panitch

“Class Struggles in Crisis: from Walmart to the State”
with Kevin Doogan, Arun Gupta, Jane Hardy, and Charles Post.

– Kevin Doogan is professor in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.
– Arun Gupta is a co-founder of The Indypendent and The Occupied Wall Street Journal.
– Jane Hardy is a professor in the Business School at the University of Hertfordshire
– Charles Post is a professor of Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York (CUNY).

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BOOK LAUNCH: BOOM, BUST AND CRISIS
Labour, Corporate Power and Politics in Canada

Edited by John Peters

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
7:30 pm
Centre for Social Innovation, Main Floor Café, 720 Bathurst Street (South of Bloor), Toronto

This is a free event. Everyone is welcome.

Published by Fernwood Publishing. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice.

For more information: http://www.socialjustice.org/community/#e836 or call Nancy Malek 902-857-1388

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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY (GTWA) GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING

Sunday, February 24
2 – 4 PM
Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St.
Toronto

We will be having a discussion with Gautam Mody, General Secretary of the New Trade Union Initiative (http://ntui.org.in/), an exciting union in India which in two decades has built a democratic organization that now represents around 1.5 million workers with a special emphasis on informal workers.

You can read a delegates’ report on their founding convention here: http://labornotes.org/print/214

An interview with Mody can be read at: http://www.amrc.org.hk/alu_article/interview_with_gautam_mody_secretary_new_trade_union_initiative

Join the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly and please bring friends.

We will also be discussing the GTWA’s Public Sector Committee and its project to develop workplace and community power right here in Toronto.

Visit the GTWA website: http://www.workersassembly.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

CAMPUS FIGHTBACKS IN THE AGE OF AUSTERITY: LEARNING FROM QUEBEC STUDENTS

by Xavier Lafrance and Alan Sears, The Bullet

The 2012 Quebec student strikes delivered one of the few victories we have seen in anti-austerity struggles in the Canadian state. The mobilization, which at its high point saw over 300,000 students on limited or unlimited strike, and demonstrations of hundreds of thousands, was a crucial highpoint
that has a great deal to teach radicals. The attempted clampdown by the Jean Charest government through Bill 78 that attempted to outlaw the movement, unleashed a new and innovative round of resistance including the casseroles night marches.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/771.php

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“WHOSE STREETS? OUR STREETS!”: REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEMONSTRATION, TEN YEARS LATER

by Sarah Grey and Leo Zeilig, MRzine

February 15, 2003, Sarah, New York:

The wind that whips down the avenues is bitterly cold, but that doesn’t stop us from protesting the drive to war in Iraq.  People from all over the city and the Northeast — young and old, hardened activists and first-time protestors — have converged on Manhattan, where the wounds of 9/11 are
still gaping, to tell our unelected president NO to war on Iraq. 

Read more: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2013/gz150213.html

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VIDEO – BOOK LAUNCH: TOWARD THE UNITED FRONT
Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922

Toronto — 3 February 2013.

Moderated by Abbie Bakan. Panel discussion with:

– John Riddell is the translator and editor of this book. He maintains a blog at http://www.johnriddell.wordpress.com
– David McNally teaches Political Science at York University, Toronto, and is the author of “Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism”
– Greg Albo teaches Political Economy at the Department of Political Science, York University. He is the co-editor of “Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan”
– Suzanne Weiss is a Toronto writer, active in Palestinian, Latin American solidarity and work for climate justice
– Paul Kellogg teaches Political Economy at Athabasca University

The book is published by Haymarket Books and can be ordered here: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Toward-the-United-Front

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls161.php

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SUBMIT TO UPPING THE ANTI (UTA) ISSUE 15!

Upping The Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action is a radical journal published twice a year by a pan-Canadian collective of activists and organizers. We are dedicated to publishing radical theory and analysis about struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and all forms of oppression.

Upping The Anti believes that praxis – the dialectical combination of theory and practice – is integral to the building of strong revolutionary movements. We work with activists and thinkers in these movements to distil the lessons learned from struggle. We prioritize reflection which leads to political clarification, summation, and synthesis.

We are currently looking for story ideas for ISSUE FIFTEEN, which will be released in June 2013. If you have an idea for a story you would like to see published in our journal, please send us a one-page pitch by Thursday, February 28, 2013. In addition to the pitch, please submit a short writing sample (max 1,000 words).

In your pitch, please provide a brief description of the topic of your proposed investigation, your main questions, an account of how you will address these questions, as well as a brief biographical note.

Before submitting a pitch, we encourage you to read back issues in order to familiarize yourself with the kind of writing that we publish. We also encourage you to have a look at the Upping The Anti submission guide, which can be downloaded at http://uppingtheanti.org.

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ONTARIO WORKERS NEED URGENT PROTECTION FROM THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR

from the Workers’ Action Centre

New Minister of Labour, Yasir Naqvi, has an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Ontario workers by taking immediate action to address wage theft.

In December 2012, people from across Ontario responded to our call for action for better conditions for workers.  Over 12 days, more than 500 messages were sent to the Minister of Labour calling for stronger protections for workers in Ontario.

We’ve already outlined 5 priorities for action:

1. Increase the minimum wage
2. Target employers that violate employment standards
3. Ensure adequate resources for proactive enforcement of employment standards
4. Update the ESA to create good jobs
5. Equal protections for temporary foreign workers

Read more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/updates/ontario-workers-need-urgent-protection-from-the-ministry-of-labour/

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WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT: A STRATEGY WHOSE TIME HAS COME?

by Robert M. Schwartz, Labor Notes
   
Some unions have changed their policy from “no contract, no work” to “no contract, no peace,” and are using the advantages of working without a contract in order to get a contract.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/02/working-without-contract-strategy-whose-time-has-come

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JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (CUNY) NEW YORK UNION SEMESTER

NY Union Semester offers a mentored internship for graduates and undergraduates at a labor union or worker organization, in addition to 4 outstanding classes.

Interns receive:

– A weekly stipend and unlimited Metro Card
– In-state tuition rates and a scholarship for 4 labor studies courses
– 12 graduate or 16 undergraduate credits

Interested students in the New York area can attend Open Houses March 18, April 17.

Others can contact laurie.kellogg@mail.cuny.edu, call 212-642-2055, or visit The Murphy Institute website:  http://www.sps.cuny.edu/institutes/jsmi

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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

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

 

**END**

 

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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