CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 29th APRIL 2013
FORUM: OUR COMMUNITY AND THE PORT AUTHORITY
Monday April 29
Harbourfront Community Centre
627 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto
* What is happening at Toronto Island Airport?
* Why is there a strike at Porter FBO?
* How does all of this affect our Community?
Forum and open discussion with:
* Porter Workers
* Community Spokespeople
* Professor Steven Tufts, Geography Department, York University
Organized by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, Public Sector Campaign
NIAGARA FIGHTS: “RIGHT TO WORK” CONFERENCE
Saturday June 15
CAW Local 199 Hall
124 Bunting Rd.
St. Catharines, ON
– Prof. Bryan Palmer – Trent University
– Cheryl Athersych – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
– Tami Friedman – Brock University Labour Studies
– Sam Gindin – past CAW Research Director
– John Clarke – Ontario Coaliton Against Poverty
– Mike Kohloff – Lansing, Michigan Workers Centre
– Malclom Allen MP – Welland and Thorold, Ontario
Music, Display Tables and Food
For more information contact Bruce Allen: email@example.com or (905) 934-6233
Sponsored by the Niagara Regional Labour Council
DOCUMENTARY FILMS: FIGHTING CUTS
Tuesday, May 7
6:00pm until 9:00pm
Art Gallery of Ontario (Jackman Hall)
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Mayworks Festival and Canadian Labour International Film Festival are proud to present a joint screening of two documentaries that honour artists, activists, and the working poor who oppose government cuts.
The Harris Project
Directed by Marcos Arriaga and Jeff Sterne
Canada / 15 min / 1998
In 1996, four young filmmakers graduate from post-secondary studies to find a provincial government that has implemented a “Common Sense Revolution.” The Harris Project follows the filmmakers’ personal struggles as they try to complete a low-budget, short documentary about a right wing governmental plan that will forever change the economic landscape of Ontario.
Home Safe Toronto
Directed by Laura Sky
Canada/ 96 minutes/ 2009
Home Safe Toronto is the second in the Sky Works series of documentaries that deals with how Canadian families live with the threat and the experience of homelessness. It shows how the housing crisis in Canada is an expression of the increasing economic and job insecurity that has devastated the manufacturing sector in the greater Toronto area and throughout southern Ontario.
A Q&A will follow with the film makers and producers.
CONFERENCE – RIGHTS, SOLIDARITY & JUSTICE: WORKING PEOPLE ORGANIZING, PAST AND PRESENT
New York City
The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) is pleased to announce its impending national conference. More than 90 panels, roundtables and workshops will explore past struggles and contemporary challenges faced by working people in a global context. Opening and closing plenary sessions with speakers ranging from Frances Fox Piven, Richard Wolff, Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Saket Soni to John Wilhelm, Ruth Milkman and a panel of activists will examine the current crises and new directions for the labor movement.
See the website: http://www.lawcha.org/annualconference for the full program and registration information.
TAKE ACTION AGAINST EI CUTS, APRIL 26-MAY 1
By Brent Patterson, rabble.ca
The Council of Canadians is working with the Canadian Labour Congress and Common Causes to support lobby days and demonstrations against the Harper government’s cutbacks to Employment Insurance and other key programs and public services.
Numerous activities will be taking place during a Week of Action this coming April 26 to May 1. The growing list of actions can be read at http://www.commoncauses.ca/in-action/13/04/19/workers-rights-week-take-action-against-austerity-and-ei-cuts
EDUCATION, COMMUNITIES & CHANGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: RETHINKING PEDAGOGY IN CHANGING TIMES
Thursday, May 16
George Brown College (St. James Campus)
200 King Street East, Toronto
The Community Worker Program at George Brown College is pleased to announce the 1st Summer Institute Rethinking Pedagogy in Changing Times. The one-day event of focus sessions, interactive exhibits and a community forum and facilitated panel discussion, will open with a keynote address delivered by celebrated author and cultural critic, Henry Giroux.
Communities throughout the world are experiencing massive political, economic, social, environmental and cultural shifts due to the growth of neoliberal market and governing structures over the past three decades. Within post-secondary institutions faculty are faced with students who have grown up in a world increasingly bereft of good governance and social responsibility.
Some things we need to talk about…
– What is the role of post-secondary education in neo-liberal times?
– How do we promote inclusive agendas for change and transformation?
– As our students prepare to join the 21st century workforce, how do we support them to engage in the building of equitable and just communities?
Registration Fee: $45 (regular) $20 (student/no wage)
For more information, go to “Summer Institute” at: http://www.web.net/~comwpgbc/
Register at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS & VIEWS
VIDEO – “CONTINENTAL CRUCIBLE” BOOK LAUNCH
Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America
Toronto — 20 April 2013.
The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.
Moderated by Teresa Healy, and presentations by:
– Richard Roman, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Toronto, and Fellow, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University.
– Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University.
– Katherine Sciacchitano, former labour lawyer and organizer and presently a professor at the National Labor College, Washington, D.C.
– Chris Schenk, instructor in the Department of Industrial Relations, University of Toronto and former Research Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour.
– Sam Gindin, Packer Chair in Social Sciences, York University and former chief economist and Assistant to the President of the Canadian Auto Workers.
Music by Healy and Juravich
Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls171.php
“Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America” by Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman, published by Fernwood: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Continental-Crucible/
HUNDREDS OF CHICAGO STUDENTS WALK OUT OF STANDARDIZED TEST
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams
Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of a state exam Wednesday. Their message: “We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!”
THE 28-YEAR-OLD WHO CAUGHT THE EXCEL ERROR HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
By Bhaskar Sunkara, In These Times
The economics student who debunked global austerity shares why he did it.
Thomas Herndon has had a swell couple of weeks. The 28-year-old graduate student has been interviewed numerous times and cited just about everywhere after playing a key role in debunking a 2010 paper by Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff that was used to justify global austerity policies.
CHICAGO’S FAST FOOD WORKERS: “WE CAN’T SURVIVE ON $8.25”
By David Moberg, In These Times
On a normal day, Sonia Acuña, a petite 41-year old mother of four, puts on her bright red McDonald’s cap and reports to work at a branch of the giant hamburger chain in Chicago’s main rail terminal, Union Station. But today, in cold and drizzling early morning weather, Acuña—still wearing her McDonald’s hat—was out on the street in front of the terminal, striking.
Although she was the only worker at her McDonald’s to walk off the job today, she joined other workers on strike from other Chicago fast food and retail outlets. They delivered a pointed chant, “We can’t survive on $8.25.” As they moved through Chicago’s central shopping districts, the crowd of strikers and supporters swelled to more than 500 people.
The walk-out is the latest in a growing wave of direct actions by low-wage workers across the country demanding better wages, benefits and working conditions, as well as the right to unionize.
CAN CO-OPS SAVE UNIONS?
By Rebecca Burns, In These Times
Labor-cooperative partnerships may herald a new strategy for labor–if they can get off the ground.
What has 18 owners, no bosses and high hopes for fostering workplace democracy in America? New Era Windows LLC, a worker-owned cooperative formed last year by members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110.
After occupying their factory to save their jobs—twice—workers at a closing Chicago windows plant decided last year to try a new tack: running the business themselves. They purchased equipment from their former bosses and are now setting up a new factory they believe will create good jobs in the city’s depressed economy.
New Era is one of a growing number of union-backed cooperatives nationwide that could herald a new strategy for labor. In his survey of existing cooperatives, economist Gar Alperovitz has calculated that the number of workers in partly or wholly employee-owned companies now exceeds those who belong to private-sector unions—a statistic that speaks both to the perilous state of the labor movement and the promise of reviving it through new structures.
Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/article/14872/can_co_ops_save_unions/
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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