CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 14th AUGUST 2013
MINIMUM WAGE POP-UP STREET PARTY
Wednesday Aug. 14
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Corner of St. Dennis Drive and Deauville Ln.
(29 St. Dennis Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton)
The Workers’ Action Centre would like to invite you to our pop-up street party in the heart of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s riding!!
Food, samba music and games! Free!
Learn more about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $14!
Get directions and find out more here:
For more info contact: Sonia Singh, email@example.com, (416)
531-0778, ext. 221.
For more info about the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Ontario, click
ESREA ACCESS, LEARNING CAREERS AND IDENTITIES NETWORK CONFERENCE – TIMES OF CHANGE: THE ROLE OF ADULT EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Conference: 28 – 30 November, 2013
Linköping University, Sweden
Second & Extended Call for Papers: All abstracts for papers, poster sessions, symposiums and round tables to be submitted by 1 September, 2013.
ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults) is a European scientific society aimed at providing a European-wide forum for all researchers engaged in research focused on the education of adults and adult learning. ESREA promotes research through network meetings, seminars and conferences, a triennial research conference and through publications. (http://www.esrea.org/?l=en)
European societies, and beyond, are currently undergoing a social, economic and political crisis. The ‘crisis’ has had an impact upon adult education at the institutional level in higher education through to community education in terms of cuts and reduced funding in relation to staffing, resources and provision.
This situation reveals a contradiction in lifelong learning policy as education is perceived as the cure for economic problems and increasing economic competitiveness by national governments and the EU. As adults experience turning point moments and transitions in their lives as a result of the crisis many are looking to and accessing learning as a way out of their troubles and a way forward to a better future.
For more information on submitting abstracts or registering for the conference: http://www.liu.se/esrea2013?l=en
SAVE THE DATE! PUSH BACK, MOVE FORWARD: LEARNING, ORGANISING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY
October 18-19, 2013
55 John Street, Toronto
A conference for sharing what we know about grassroots organising and learning in our communities.
– The Centre for the Study of Education and Work’s Anti-Poverty Community
Organising and Learning project: http://www.apcol.ca
-Toronto Community Development Institute: http://www.torontocdi.ca
BUILD YOUR CAPACITY THIS FALL WITH WORKSHOPS FROM THE SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE
– Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations – Sept 27 & October 4: Kunle Akingbola
– Strategic Fundraising: Securing the Resources You Need – Oct 11th: Suzanne Gibson
– Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations – Nov 15th: Ricardo Ramirez & Dal Brodhead
– Financial Management in Community Organizations – Jan 10th: Eric Plato
– Managing Compensation in Nonprofits – Feb 17th: Kunle Akingbola
– Social Media in Nonprofit Organizations – March 7th: Sherida Ryan
– Marketing in Non-Profit and Other Social Purpose Organizations – March 28th: Trish Krause
– Overcoming the Greatest Threats to Nonprofit Board Effectiveness – April 18th: Ann Armstrong
– Effective Change Management in Nonprofit Organizations – May 30th: Kunle Akingbola
HIGHLANDER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER HOMECOMING 2013
September 21 & 22, 2013
Highlander Research and Education Center
New Market, Tennessee
”From the Civil Rights Movement to the Rebuilding of Our Communities and the Next American Revolution”
With guest of honor Grace Lee Boggs, author, activist, and organizer
Join us for a weekend of conversation, workshops, film, music, food, author discussions, celebrations of the 50th anniversary of civil rights milestones, and more!
Visit http://www.highlandercentre.org for details.
NEWS & VIEWS
THE FUTURE WE DON’T WANT – ILO DISCUSSION ON “GREEN ECONOMY” IS OUT OF STEP WITH MANY UNIONS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
By Maité Llanos, The Bullet
The “green economy” framework pioneered by United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), and largely adopted in “The Future We Want” statement issued by heads of state following Rio+20, was very similar in its essence to the draft Report presented by the ILO for the Committee on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs – Report V: Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs.
In Geneva, UNEP’s “green economy” framework was again the starting point for the discussion. Its main premises were the cornerstone Report V document.
These premises were debated during the annual conference: market-based mechanisms, privatization strategies and corporate-led policies, that it is believed will lead to the creation of decent and green jobs. The results of the discussions in the tripartite Committee on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs (made up of worker, employer and government representatives), now contained in provisional Record 12 of the Committee were much better, in terms of language.
OUR TIMES LABOUR DAY ISSUE SNEAK PREVIEW
In Our Times’ ever-popular Labour Day issue, you’ll find cause for celebration. Read about inspiring young retail workers in Ontario rising up to stop the elimination of their statutory holidays, and hear from an art instructor and first-time negotiator at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, who gives us his frontline perspective on winning a strike. Union retiree Alice West, in Vancouver, shares her memories of growing up union, and feminist, while popular educator Jojo Geronimo launches a discussion about migrant workers and interconnected struggles for justice. Please join us in celebrating Labour Day and workers everywhere.
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 as soon as possible.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 416-703-766, toll free: 1-800-648-6131. Special bulk order prices are available.
THE MISSING PIECE: THE FAR-LEFT IN THE WORKPLACE
By David Bush, Rank and File
As the Canadian labour movement stumbles from defeat to defeat in this crisis period it is worth asking why this is the case. What accounts for the trade union movement’s inability to mount an effective political resistance to austerity? Is it the poor and unimaginative leadership? Maybe it is the ossified and inward-looking culture of trade unions? Is it the poor objective conditions of the crisis? Or perhaps it is the culture of docility and defeatism amongst rank and file members resulting from the regular drubbing the working class has taken over past two decades that explains the current state of labour?
THREE POPULAR EDUCATION ARTICLES ON LEADERSHIP, FEMINISM AND EQUALITY IN UNIONS IN CANADA
Posted to the website on “Leadership, Feminism and Equality in Unions in Canada” are three popular articles, suitable for union education.
1. “Making Time for Equality: Women as Leaders in the Canadian Labour Movement” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail and Marion Pollack. Our Times (Feb/March 2013).
2. “Under the Rainbow: Equality during Times of Austerity” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail and Marion Pollack. Our Times (April/May 2013).
3. “How to Revitalize Union Women’s Committees: Six Challenges and Six Strategies for Change” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret Mcphail and Marion Pollack. Our Times, June/July 2013.
THE PRESUMED INNOCENCE OF CAPITALISM AND LAC-MÉGANTIC
By Harry Glasbeek, The Bullet
“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables
It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by Beyond Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico; a horrendous explosion at Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant; a mine disaster, burying people at Westray in Nova Scotia; a factory building collapsing in Bangladesh; a train’s cargo exploding and incinerating people and the city of Lac-Mégantic.
The reasons for the shock and anger are obvious: the burned bodies, destroyed lives and livelihoods, ravaged environments, disrupted communities, misery all round. And each time, sombre-looking politicians and policy-makers walk around the sites, solemnly promise to learn from the event, assuring the stunned public that they will not let it happen again, that heads will roll if legal justice demands 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
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