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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 1st JULY 2013

EVENTS

CONFERENCE – WORK IN A WARMING WORLD: LABOUR, CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL STRUGGLE

Nov 29-Dec 1, 2013
Toronto, Canada

Work in a Warming World (W3): a research initiative among academics and community partners is proud to announce its 1st International Conference.

We invite abstract submissions (deadline: Aug. 15) for panels and papers for a major international conference on the role of labour and work in the struggle to slow global warming.  The Conference is for labour and environmentalists, students, academic researchers, policy makers and the concerned public.

The 3-day Conference will explore 18 themes, creating a forum where researchers and unions can critically discuss particular topics, share knowledge and experiences, while also developing ties that will enable innovation and change. In addition to our keynote speakers—David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and President & CEO of WWF Canada and Philip J. Jennings, General Secretary of UNI-Global Union—we will be having a series of panel discussions and paper presentations. We encourage scholars, students and activists to submit abstracts for papers by following the submission guidelines/deadlines located on the W3 International Conference website.

For more information, please contact: Ann Kim (ann_kim@yorku.ca), T: 416.736.2100 ext. 44106.

W3 International Conference Website/Call For Papers: http://www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca/w3conference/

W3 Website: http://www.workinawarmingworld.yorku.ca

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BETWEEN THE LINES SUMMER READING FLASH SALE!

From the stunning Harvest Pilgrims to the provocative Eating Fire, we have lots of books for 50% off AND we are offering FREE shipping on ALL BTL titles until July 31st. 

Sale flyer: http://www.btlbooks.com/titleimages/July13%20Flash%20Sale_web.pdf

Don’t forget you can hear about new books, events, and sales through our social media sites:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BTLbooks
Pinterest – http://pinterest.com/btlbooks/
Twitter – (@readBTLbooks)
BTL YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/BTLbooks?feature=mhee

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WEBINAR – DIALOGUE CIRCLES: BUILDING INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN IMMIGRANT AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

July 23 in North America
4:00 pm PDT Vancouver, San Francisco
5:00 pm MDT Edmonton, Denver
7:00 pm EDT Toronto, New York

July 24 in New Zealand, Australia
9:00 am EST Melbourne, Sydney
11:00 am NZST Auckland, Wellington

Join Cities of Migration for this free webinar to learn about groundbreaking initiatives in Wellington, New Zealand, and Vancouver, Canada, that are bringing new immigrant and indigenous communities together for intercultural learning and meaningful exchange as an essential part of newcomer settlement and welcome in these multicultural societies.

For more info and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6961147981

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SYMPOSIUM – ENGAGING GIRLS, CHANGING COMMUNITIES

Saturday, July 6
11am-2pm
Metro Hall
55 John St., Room 308 (South-east corner of King and John, two blocks east of Spadina)

Engaging Girls, Changing Communities (EGCC), in collaboration with Working Women Community Centre, invites you to a youth symposium showcasing 13 youth led community projects.

EGCC is a community-based research in the Faculty of Education at York University, led by Dr. Nombuso Dlamini. It investigates how young women and girls engage in leadership and civic activities in new urban environments.

R.S.V.P by June 28th to Flavia Genovese at EGCCDATA@edu.yorku.ca or by calling 416 736 2100 ext 44562.

Lunch will be provided

Read more about EGCC at the Jean Augustine website: http://edu.apps01.yorku.ca/jeanaugustinechair/projects-research/egcc/
and on https://www.facebook.com/EGCC.York?ref=hl

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WORKSHOP – CAMPAIGN PLANNING WORKSHOP FOR ACTIVISTS AND CHANGE MAKERS

Thursday July 11, 6.30pm – 9pm and
Thursday July 25, 6.30pm – 9pm.

This workshop is designed to help you and your organization learn valuable steps, tools, techniques and approaches that will help you effectively plan and execute a winning campaign plan to help you achieve your policy goals.

Participants will learn the basic components of a campaign, how to choose a strategic campaign goal, choosing strategies and tactics that suit your goals, working with individuals and groups to build influence, and understanding the key ingredients of successful campaigns. It’s recommend that multiple people from one group attend the workshop as there will be ample time to strategize to achieve your goals.

Trainer: Jessica Bell is a facilitator and educator. She teaches advocacy and government relations at Ryerson University. She is the co-founder of Tools for Change, which provides skills-based advocacy training to Torontonians.  More information about Jessica is at http://www.jessicabell.org.

Cost: $25 for one session; $40 for two.  A discount rate is available if more than one person from a group attends.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4121441342

Location: 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto (near St. George Subway)

Host: PeaceWorks.  For more information email: peaceworks@primus.ca or call at 416-731-6605.  Contact peaceworks@primus.ca if you have difficulty paying
for the course.

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NEWS & VIEWS

FAST FOOD STRIKES: WHAT’S COOKING?

By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes

After years of downplaying strikes, the union that’s funding fast food organizing is now embracing the tactic. The Service Employees have underwritten short strikes by fast food workers in seven cities in the last two months—including the largest, in Detroit, where 400 workers walked out of dozens of restaurants and completely shut down three.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/fast-food-strikes-whats-cooking

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THE TRAINING WHEELS ARE OFF: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CANADA JOB GRANT

By Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon, Caledon Institute

In this just-published Caledon/Mowat report, authors Michael Mendelson and Noah Zon assess the Canada Job Grant proposal and find it to be deeply flawed. Aside from additional cost of up to $600 million plus administrative expenses and jurisdictional issues, the Canada Job Grant is likely to deliver inferior results at higher costs, while remaining out of reach to many of the unemployed and underemployed Canadians it is intended to serve.

Read more: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=1013

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THE EXPENDABLES: HOW THE TEMPS WHO POWER CORPORATE GIANTS ARE GETTING CRUSHED

By Michael Grabell, ProPublica

It’s 4:18 a.m. and the strip mall is deserted. But tucked in back, next to a closed-down video store, an employment agency is already filling up. Rosa Ramirez walks in, as she has done nearly every morning for the past six months. She signs in and sits down in one of the 100 or so blue plastic chairs that fill the office. Over the next three hours, dispatchers will bark out the names of who will work today. Rosa waits, wondering if she will make her rent.

In cities all across the country, workers stand on street corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lit beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Some vans are so packed that to get to work, people must squat on milk crates, sit on the laps of passengers they do not know or sometimes lie on the floor, the other workers’ feet on top of them.

This is not Mexico. It is not Guatemala or Honduras. This is Chicago, New Jersey, Boston.

Read more: http://www.propublica.org/article/the-expendables-how-the-temps-who-power-corporate-giants-are-getting-crushe

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THE PERILS OF STANDARDIZED TESTING: 6 WAYS IT HARMS LEARNING

By Saga Briggs, InformEd

Not so long ago, Google famously asked every job candidate for a transcript, G.P.A., and test scores before considering them for a position.

But as you might expect from a fundamentally data-driven company, Google regularly examines its own hiring methods, collecting and analyzing tremendous amounts of information from employees and adjusting its policies accordingly.

In 2011, Google released the results of a study called Project Oxygen, which showed that its old hiring model proved very little about a candidate’s potential for success.

“One of the things we’ve seen from all our data crunching is that G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless — no correlation at all except for brand-new college grads, where there’s a slight correlation,” said senior vice president for people operations Laszlo Bock.

Read more: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-perils-of-standardized-testing/

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SNEAK PREVIEW – OUR TIMES SUMMER ISSUE

Our Times’ summer issue is full of interesting and invigorating reading. Journalist and communications strategist Sima Sahar Zerehi talks to Toronto & York Region Labour Council organizer Jennifer Huang, NOW Communications president and CEO Marie Della Mattia, OFL communications director Joel Duff, and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Ontario director Trish Hennessey about Canadian labour’s revitalized efforts at communicating with the Canadian public. We’re proud to be publishing Part 3 of our series about leadership, feminism and equality in unions in Canada, this time with a focus on revitalizing union women’s committees. And we bring you a day in the life of a recreation-centre director in this instalment of our Working for a Living series. Plus, our film and book reviews give you some excellent ideas for summer reading.

If you would like to order extra copies of this issue (more than 20) as an education resource for your workshops, conferences or schools, please place your order with our business manager by June 26 (email: office@ourtimes.ca).

Telephone: 416-703-7661 Toll free: 1-800-648-6131. Special bulk order prices are available.

Website: http://www.ourtimes.ca

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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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