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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 31st MAY 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO LAUNCH FOR “LE FOND DE L’AIR EST ROUGE” BOOKLET

Quebec student uprising – reflections from Montreal

Thursday, June 13, 2013
7:00pm, free !
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto, Ontario

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/312096858921044/

Presentations by:
* John Clarke – organizer with Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
* Stefan Christoff – Montreal-based writer, musician and community activist. (Howl! arts collective)

An interactive discussion and sildeshow on the 2012 Quebec student uprising with Stefan Christoff, author of the recent booklet Le fond de l’air est rouge. Christoff, who was an active participant in the Quebec strike movement, has been heavily involved in social justice struggles in Quebec, Canada and internationally for over a decade.

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INJURED WORKERS’ DAY

Saturday June 1st
11am
Queen’s Park, Toronto

Celebrate and call for justice for injured workers!

Since 1983, injured workers and their allies have come together on June 1st to celebrate their achievements, and to invigorate the struggle for justice for injured workers. This year, we ask you to join us at Queen’s Park on Saturday June 1st to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day, as we unite in our efforts to bring about a just compensation system that truly protects the rights of injured workers.

The past year has seen the implementation of some of the most draconian changes to the workers’ compensation system since it was first established in 1915. But in spite of these injustices, injured workers remain firm in their commitment to ensuring fair treatment for all current and future injured workers.

Join us on June 1st as we celebrate the history and accomplishments of the injured workers’ movement, and send a clear message that we demand justice for injured workers and for all workers.

http://www.injuredworkersonline.org

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PRESS CONFERENCE – “FOCUS ON WOMEN” REPORT

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
10:00 a.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King St. West, Toronto

On Tuesday, June 4 Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen (CUES) will hold a news conference to release Focus On Women 2013 – the ground-breaking study on gender (in)equality in the Canadian independent film and television production industry.

Presenters:
– Ferne Downey, ACTRA’s National President
– Rina Fraticelli, Executive Director, Women in View
– Dr. Amanda Coles, Report Author

The Focus On Women 2013 Report by CUES is the first comprehensive Canadian study of its kind. It examines employment of women at all levels of the screen-based production industry, both in front of and behind the camera – from production coordinators, grips, camera technicians and hairstylists to writers, directors and actors.

Focus On Women 2013 is the product of the efforts of representatives from industry guilds and unions including ACTRA, DGC, IATSE Locals 411, 514, 667, 669, 849, 873 and 891, NABET 700 – CEP, UdA and WGC working in collaboration with Rina Fraticelli of Women in View and Canadian academic, Dr. Amanda Coles of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT).

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FORUM – THATCHER’S LEGACY

Thursday, June 13th
7:30 pm
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St., Toronto

We are exceptionally pleased to invite you to a very special People’s Voice Forum – an evening of discussion with the British militant activist Liz Payne, entitled “Thatcher’s Legacy”, a withering critique of Britain’s ‘Iron Lady” from a working class and communist perspective.

About Liz Payne
In addition to her role of the Vice-chair and Women’s organizer of the Communist Party of Britain, Liz has a rich background of involvement in labour and people’s movements in the UK. She has been an active member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher education (NATFHE) (recently renamed the  Association of Teachers and Lecturers), and UNISON, Britain’s huge public services union. She is currently the Secretary of Taunton and West Somerset Trades Council and a member of the South West Regional Council of the TUC (Britain’s main labour central).

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NEWS & VIEWS

‘PUSHED TO THE EDGE,’ SEATTLE’S LOW WAGE WORKERS JOIN SWEEPING MOVEMENT

By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

In the seventh action in just eight weeks across the United States, fast food workers in Seattle are walking off the job Thursday joining a sweeping movement of low-wage workers who have been “pushed to the edge and are now taking a stand.”

“We work in one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, and our companies are making huge – even record – profits, but we barely earn enough to pay for basics like rent, food and transportation to and from work.” -Caroline Durocher, striking worker

Repeating the calls made by striking workers in other cities, the Seattle workers are demanding a living wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union without intimidation.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/05/30-7

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THE COST OF A BARGAIN

From The Maytree Foundation

As Alan Broadbent writes in this month’s Maytree Opinion, we all have become used to the notion that we can get most things cheap or free. But when we are faced with the true cost of things, we don’t like it. We only have to look at areas such as housing, transit or maintenance of public spaces to see what happens when we expect high quality while preserving the fiction that we can have things cheap.

Read more: http://maytree.com/spotlight/the-cost-of-a-bargain.html

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THE CASE FOR A CANADA SOCIAL REPORT

By Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman, The Caledon Institute

The demise of the National Council of Welfare, announced in the 2012 Federal Budget, has punched a huge hole in Canada’s social policy database. The Council’s annual Welfare Incomes and Poverty Profile reports have for decades provided invaluable information on welfare and low income. Rather than simply lamenting this loss, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy is acting to rescue this important data by taking over its preparation and distribution. The welfare and poverty information will form part of a new Canada Social Report.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1011

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HEALTH CARE SPENDING IN ONTARIO CONTINUES TO DECLINE

By Doug Allan, The Bullet

Contrary to the hysteria from conservatives, health care spending continues to decline as a percentage of the provincial budget. Last year, health care accounted for 38.5 per cent of total expenditures, this year the government plans to bring it down to 38.3 per cent. This continues the trend downward since 2003/04 when health care accounted for 40 per cent of total expenditures.

The Ontario provincial Budget reports that program spending is going up an impressive sounding 2.99 per cent and health care spending is going up 2.3 per cent. Although that sounds like a larger than expected increase in these days of austerity, these figures are, unfortunately, misleading. The reason is that last year funding fell well short of the Budget plan and the government is now playing catch-up.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/826.php

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VIDEO – CSEW’S D’ARCY MARTIN GIVEN UNITED ASSOCIATION FOR LABOR EDUCATION’S 2013 LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Watch the video: http://vimeo.com/65786753

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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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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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