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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 23rd FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

AVOIDING ACTIVIST BURNOUT

with Angela Bischoff, Greenspiration and Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
OISE, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West

This workshop aims to break down the stigma surrounding activist burnout, offer some constructive solutions for how to get back from the brink of burnout, and tips how to prevent it in yourself and members of your group.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4652339272/eorg

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – CO-OP ENTERPRISE: A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING BUSINESS

Friday, Mar 1, 2013
9:30 – 4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

Instructor: Peter Cameron – Co-Operative Development Manager, ON CO-OP

With 1,300 co-operatives operating across the province, the co-op sector represents $30 billion in assets and employs 15,500 people in 400 communities across Ontario.  The co-operative business model has a proven track record for creating and retaining jobs nationally and internationally.

Join us to find out about:
– Different types of co-ops
– Differences between co-ops, private corporations and non-profits
– How to incorporate a co-operative
– Benefits and Challenges of co-ops forms
– Survival rate of co-ops compared to other business
– Sector opportunities for co-op development
– Raising capital using an Offering Statement

Cost: $140 + HST. Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at 416-978-0022

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ADULT LEARNING JOURNAL – CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS & CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUES

Adult Learning is a practitioner-oriented journal sponsored by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and published by SAGE. The journal publishes empirical research and conceptual papers for researchers and practitioners that approach practice issues with a problem-solving emphasis.  The audience includes those who design, manage, teach, and evaluate programs of adult and continuing education.  
http://alx.sagepub.com/

Refereed articles:  The editors are very interested in publishing empirical research and conceptual papers and are actively soliciting manuscripts of 4,000-4,500 words.  Submit manuscripts to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/al and inquiries to the Editor, Mary Alfred, at adultlearning@tamu.edu

Special issues:  The editors welcome your suggestions for special issues.
Past special issues are varied and include workforce education, mentoring, older adult learners, adult literacy, staff development, adult learners with disabilities, instructional technology, intercultural education, learning to learn, and the philosophy of adult education. Special issue editors work with authors on the content and form of manuscripts. Submit special issue inquiries and proposals to the Editor, Mary Alfred, at adultlearning@tamu.edu

Questions? Contact us at adultlearning@tamu.edu

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TAKE ACTION ON BUDGET 2013! 25 IN 5 NETWORK FOR POVERTY REDUCTION

Urge our political leaders to allow low-income Ontarians to Earn More, Keep More and have benefits Restored! 

Ontario is facing an historic opportunity to invest in poverty reduction efforts in the 2013 provincial budget.

The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction is urging all Ontario’s political parties to make minority government work for low-income Ontarians – by allowing people to earn more from employment, keep more assets and child support payments while simultaneously restoring the benefits that have been frozen or eliminated over time.

All political parties have made social assistance reform and poverty reduction efforts a priority in this year’s budget. Reducing and eliminating poverty requires government to remove the barriers that trap people in poverty in our province.

You can show your support by sending an e-postcard to Ontario’s political leaders, and by visiting 25in5’s information pages to learn more.
 
Find out more about the 25in5 recommendations for budget 2013: http://25in5.ca/earnmorekeepmorerestore/

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PRESENTATION: LOVE AND ANARCHISM
Leon Malmed, a Lover of Emma Goldman: His Letters and the Intimate Side of Anarchist Revolutionaries

Tuesday 26 February 2013
7-9 p.m.
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street
Bathurst subway stop

$5 suggested donation

The lively political and personal worlds of early 20th century anarchists come to life by researcher Debbie Rose. She focuses on a fascinating collection of more than a thousand letters and postcards belonging to her great-great uncle Leon Malmed of Albany, New York who was one of the followers and lovers of the high profile activist, feminist pioneer and writer-lecturer Emma Goldman.

The presentation provides a glimpse into the development of a young man’s thoughts and feelings as he responds to the political climate of his time to become an outspoken proponent of anarchist philosophy. Later, as he travels with Emma Goldman on a speaking tour across North America, the letters reveal the tension between Malmed and his wife over his anarchist activities and his intimate relationship with Goldman who, banned from the U.S., spent her last years in Toronto. Debbie is working with translators to bring the correspondence in Yiddish into a larger public realm.

Sue Goldstein, a local activist and organizer, will introduce the talk.

Co-sponsored by The United Jewish People’s Order -Toronto and Beit Zatoun.
For more information: info@beitzatoun.org or info@winchevskycentre.org

The United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) is an independent, socialist-oriented, secular cultural and educational organization with branches in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, and members in Montreal and other Canadian centres.

Beit Zatoun is a cultural centre, gallery and community meeting space that promotes the interplay of art, culture and politics to explore issues of social justice and human rights, both locally and internationally.

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ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR CALLOUT – SUPPORT STRIKING PORTER AIRPORT WORKERS

Thursday February 28, 2013
4:00 p.m
Billy Bishop Airport
Queens Quay and Bathurst Street, Toronto
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These workers, members of COPE local 343, are fighting for their first contract.

Striking for safe working conditions & a living wage.

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DISPATCHES FROM THE GLOBAL LABOUR MOVEMENT WINTER 2013 SPEAKER SERIES – WORKERS IN A DISCRIMINATORY WORLD: BUILDING UNIONS IN INDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Monday, February 25th
2:30-4:30pm
Ross Bldg. S674 (Verney Room)
York University, Toronto

with Gautam Mody, Secretary,New Trade Union Initiative, New Delhi

A collaboration of:
– Centre for Research on Work & Society
– Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
– Work & Labour Studies Program, LAPS
– Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work

Co-sponsors:
– Department of Political Science, LAPS
– Department of Social Science, LAPS
– Department of Sociology, LAPS

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NEWS & VIEWS

STRIKE SOLIDARITY IN TORONTO AND ANTIGONISH

From rankandfile.ca

Twenty-two Porter Airlines fuel technicians have been on strike in Toronto since January 10, while the St. Francis Xavier university teachers have been on strike since January 28. The Porter workers are represented by COPE local 343 and the teachers by the St.FX Association of University Teachers.

The striking workers at Porter have been getting picket line support. The fuel technicians are striking for better wages (average annual salaries are only $28,000) and, critically, improving health in safety in what is described as “atrocious working conditions.” They are also calling upon all supporters NOT to fly Porter Airlines.

Meanwhile, posts on Facebook and Twitter report inspiring acts of solidarity by other workers in Antigonish. The building trades unions have refused to cross picket lines, leaving a campus construction site idle. Postal workers also refused to cross one picket line to deliver the Globe and Mail and Chronicle Herald newspapers.

With these strikes and solidarity actions, as with any other, Rankandfile.ca welcomes readers to send in reports for publication.

You can contact us at admin@rankandfile.ca

For more info on the Porter strike: http://copeontario.ca/news/porter-strike/

For more info on the Antigonish strike: http://www.http://stfxaut.ca/

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FINANCING LONG-TERM CARE: MORE MONEY IN THE MIX

By Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

This paper argues that new financing is required over and above existing sources of revenue to support home care and long-term care now and in

future.  A robust system of home care and long-term care will necessarily involve improvements to and efficiencies within the existing health care system. But innovations to the acute care side of the equation will resolve only part of the financing challenge for long-term care.  The community components of health care need more money if they are to meet current and future demands – in both quality and quantity of service.

The financing options proposed in this paper include public insurance, individual savings accounts and new fiscal arrangements, such as tax-assisted incentives or special loan arrangements.  All the proposals require further study in order to determine their cost implications and administrative feasibility.  The purpose of putting forward these options is to contribute to the financing conversation, which itself is in desperate need of enrichment.

Read the paper: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1006ENG.pdf

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CONTRARIAN COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY: A REVIEW OF RICHARD SEYMOUR’S “UNHITCHED: THE TRIAL OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS”

By Jordy Cummings, Basics News

Richard Seymour’s  “Unhitched”, a slim and scathing denunciation of turncoat scoundrel Christopher Hitchens is a thoroughly satisfying and politically important book by one of the few remaining great radical left journalists. I have to hand it to Seymour – this book was a cathartic read.  No one uses words like “yawp”, let alone carefully modulated jazz-like prose, end a subsection with a cacophony of righteous snark, veer over to an allegory, and then back to yawping.  No one that is, but Richard “Lenin’s Tomb” (http://www.leninology.com) Seymour.

Read more: http://basicsnews.ca/2013/01/contrarian-counterrevolutionary-a-review-richard-seymours-unhitched-the-trial-of-christopher-hitchens/

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HYATT HURTS! BULLYING LGBTQ CUSTOMERS MUST STOP!

Hyatt is at it again. Last week The Funders for LGBTQ Issues pulled their conference from a Hyatt hotel in New Mexico, but now Hyatt wants to charge them a $40,000 penalty, far more than the retreat was originally going to cost.

Tell Hyatt to stop intimidating LGBTQ customers who want to honor the boycott!

Hyatt is one of the biggest corporate bullies around, so this kind of behavior is nothing new. You’ve seen so time and

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again as Hyatt workers across the country stand up for themselves and are challenged at every turn.

The only thing that’s different now is that Hyatt isn’t content to silence workers who speak out against its unfair practices, it’s targeting consumers. We need to come together now and show Hyatt that it can’t escape criticism by bullying people who speak out.

Click here to tell Hyatt to drop this ludicrous fine, today! : http://action.sumofus.org/a/hyatt-lgbt/?sub=uh

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CANADIANS GIVING UP ON THE WORLD OF WORK

By Jim Stanford, rabble.ca

The glaring contrast between employment numbers, and the unemployment rate, was highlighted by last week’s labour force numbers from Statistics Canada (capably dissected elsewhere on this blog by Angella MacEwan).

Paid employment (i.e. employees) declined by 46,000. Total employment (including self-employment) fell by 22,000. Yet the unemployment rate fell to 7 per cent — its lowest level since late 2008.

Fewer people were working, yet the unemployment rate declined. What gives?

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/02/canadians-giving-world-work

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MAKING THE WHOLE CITY YOUR BARGAINING COMMITTEE

By Barb Kucera, Labor Notes
    
Union-led protests starting next Monday in the Twin Cities are aimed at powerful companies, Target, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo, not just the union’s own employers.  

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/02/making-whole-city-your-bargaining-committee

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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

 

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

 

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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Education for Sale? Times Higher Education report on a debate featuring Glenn Rikowski: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=422702&c=1

 

Details of the ‘Education for Sale?’ debate: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/education-for-sale/  

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