CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 12th MAY 2013
BRIEFING ON P3S AND AUSTERITY
Thursday, May 9
OFL Building, Toronto
15 Gervais Drive, 8th floor boardroom
You are invited to join a briefing by health policy expert Dr. John Lister on the P3 disasters in England, the austerity agenda and the response of the unions and civil society organizations.
Dr. Lister will provide a briefing on the latest news as six large hospital trusts face bankruptcy due to their P3 payment obligations, the British government has moved to underwrite the P3 schemes to keep them afloat and the fight-back against austerity continues.
Dr. Lister is a professor of health policy and health journalism at Coventry University in the U.K. He is also the executive director of London Health Emergency — the British equivalent to the Health Coalitions — and one of the founders of Save Our NHS. Dr. Lister is the author of two books on international health reform. He is an expert on P3s and health policy reform. He has written a number of reports and analyses on British health reform for media, unions and civil society organizations.
GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY GENERAL MEETING
Saturday May 11
25 Cecil Street, Toronto
The goals of the Assembly are:
* To bring together activists within the broad working class movement, to explore the experiences and approaches to struggle that both unite and divide us as a starting point for overcoming divisions and building greater collaboration, exchange, strategic discussion and action amongst us.
* To share our understanding of the problems created by capitalism and the current economic crisis and the need to develop alternative visions that challenge the logic and power of private corporations, and the states that back them, over our lives.
* To identify and develop concrete strategies and organizational forms of struggle which defend working-class people’s immediate needs and lay the groundwork for an equitable and democratic alternative to our present economic and political system.
FILM: BUTTERFLIES ON THE SCAFFOLD / MARIPOSAS EN EL ANDAMIO (DRAG CULTURE IN CUBA)
1995, 75 min. film on transgender life in Cuba
Wednesday, May 22
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The 519 Church Community Centre, Room 301
Discussion to follow screening of film.
All welcome, free of charge, light refreshments served, donations welcome, TTC tokens available.
Sponsored by LGBTI/Allies Rainbow Sea of Red Open Collective and endorsed by CUPE and CAW locals in Toronto, Canada-Cuba Friendship Association and other social justice groups in the GTA.
You are welcome to attend our meetings every 4th Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. at The 519 Community Centre.
For more information: email@example.com
CONCERT: SONGS OF LOVE, HOPE, AND OPTIMISM WITH COMMON THREAD CHORUS
Saturday, May 25
1:30 and 7:30 pm
Al Green Theatre
750 Spadina Avenue (Spadina subway)
Local social justice choir Common Thread Community Chorus celebrates late NDP leader Jack Layton’s parting message of love, hope and optimism in its annual fundraiser concert.
The choir will be commemorating its 14th year by selecting songs that strongly reflect Layton’s letter to the Canadian public two days before he passed away on August 22, 2011.
In advance: $18 Adults, $13 Seniors/Students, Kids 8 and under FREE
At door: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students
Pay What You Can
Group rates available
Advanced tickets through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org
PH: 416-410-5022 http://commonthreadchorus.ca/
URBAN WORKER CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
Thursday, May 23
1080 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Join MP Andrew Cash and MPP Jonah Schein at the launch of the Urban Worker campaign.
There will be music from great local musicians and refreshments.
It used to be that when you started your working career you could work the same job until you retired, usually with a workplace pension. Today’s reality of work has fundamentally changed yet our policies, especially Employment Insurance and pensions, remain stuck in the past.
Nearly 50% of Torontonians can’t find permanent, full-time jobs that provide benefits and job-security. I hear about this all the time in our community because so many of us work part time, on contract, freelance or are self-employed. We are a city of web designers and roofers, musicians and consultants, office cleaners and waiters, service sector workers and contract professors. We all face the same issues.
I’m proud to announce that this spring I will introduce a bill in the House of Commons that lays out measures to protect, among others, those who have no pension, those who have never been able to qualify for EI, and those who are working unpaid internships. On May 23rd, I’ll be launching this bill at the Common on Bloor. I hope you can stop by to show your support, hear more about the bill and share your experience as an Urban Worker.
NEWS & VIEWS
VIDEO: MEXICAN WORKER-RUN TIRE FACTORY A SUCCESS
By Oscar León, The Real News
Union wins years long struggle against vulture capitalists and now helms one of Mexico’s most successful tire factories
PRIVATE MONEY, PUBLIC PROGRAMS? THERE WILL ALWAYS BE STRINGS
By Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute
In response to the perpetual shortage of funding for a wide range of social needs, Ottawa just announced its commitment to the use of social impact bonds. The emerging sphere of social finance throughout the world opens many new fiscal doors. Social finance is a term that refers to a range of instruments, including social impact bonds, which blend public and private money to tackle tough social problems.
The potential problem with social impact bonds is not the fact that they bring private capital into the social equation. The primary concern with this instrument is the obsession with quantifiable performance outcomes. These expectations can lead to perverse outcomes, such as selecting the
participants most likely to succeed in a program rather than the ones who need most help. The question of whose benefits are being measured must also be considered. Finally, patient capital is required in order to achieve real social change.
POVERTY FREE ONTARIO ON THE 2013 ONTARIO BUDGET
Budget provisions inadequate but . . . community gets government attention on single adults
After several years of community advocacy, the Ontario Government finally acknowledged in its 2013 Budget that single adults on social assistance are living in especially severe conditions of hardship and hunger. Once again, the Government adjusted social assistance rates by 1%, the current rate of inflation, but added a $14 top-up for single adults without children on Ontario Works.
Community advocates for a poverty-free Ontario have been campaigning since 2009 for benefit increases that would begin to relieve the tremendous deprivation of single adults living in deep poverty at less than 40% of the official Ontario poverty line. They can finally claim a clear breakthrough with the Government on the plight of single adults, even if the actual rate increases this year are not at the level needed.
Contending that the Government was taking a “balanced approach” to achieving “prosperity” and “fairness,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa actually tips the balance in the direction of continuing austerity.
CHICAGO WORKERS OPEN NEW COOPERATIVELY OWNED FACTORY FIVE YEARS AFTER REPUBLIC WINDOWS OCCUPATION
By Democracy Now!
Almost a year to the day after their window factory closed, a group of former workers have launched their own window business without bosses. They successfully raised money to buy the factory collectively and run it democratically. In 2008, some of the workers were involved in a famous six-day sit-in after Republic Windows and Doors gave workers just three days’ notice before closing the factory. The sit-in drew national attention and union workers reached a settlement where they each received $6,000. About 65 workers occupied the factory after their jobs came under threat
again in 2012, refusing to give up their jobs.
FERNWOOD PUBLISHING SPRING OVERVIEW
Happy spring everyone! And of course, Happy May Day! Things have been incredibly busy here at Fernwood, and we’ve even added some new staff members to our family. Aside from making new personnel feel at home, we’ve been working hard at getting our Spring 2013 books out on the shelves (most of which are available now), organizing author speaking tours, attending conferences and, of course, getting prepared for our Fall 2013 line-up.
And oh, while we’ve got you, our Spring and Fall 2013 Catalogues are available to download right here, or if you’d like physical copies, get in touch with us at email@example.com and we’ll get them out to you right away.
JUST PUBLISHED – THE GLOBAL LABOUR MOVEMENT: AN INTRODUCTION
A short guide to the Global Union Federations, the ITUC, and other international bodies
Authored by Edd Mustill, introduction by Eric Lee
Tens of millions of workers around the world are affiliated, through their union membership, to one of the global union federations (GUFs). These international unions cover every industry, from transport to finance to public services. They work to support their affiliates throughout the world, providing support during industrial disputes, training union members, and bringing pressure to bear on multinationals and governments.
This book serves as a short introduction to the GUFs, as well as the International Trade Union Confederation, and a starting point for union members who want to learn more about the international dimension of our movement.
Publication Date: Apr 25 2013
ISBN/EAN13: 1484165764 / 9781484165768
Order from the publisher: https://www.createspace.com/4252731
800 DEAD IN BANGLADESH: FIGHT GLOBAL CAPITALISM WITH INTERNATIONAL WORKING CLASS UNITY
By Richard Mellor, Facts for Working People
I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start this morning. I need to control my anger after reading the introductory paragraph to this article in Bloomberg Businessweek, a major journal of the US capitalist class.
“Bangladesh’s billion dollar garment industry provides opportunities for millions of poor, illiterate women,” BW writes. Indeed it does. The death toll from last month’s catastrophe when a building housing several factories collapsed has topped 800. When opportunity knocks it knocks hard in Bangladesh. It also has its dangers the article confesses. The nation is a “paradox” BW argues. Is that what you call it?
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
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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