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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 2nd SEPTEMBER 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE LAUNCH PARTY
Monday, September 2
8pm
The 460, 460 Spadina Ave, Toronto

Join the Toronto IWW in celebrating the launch of our Solidarity Committee, which will be supporting workers fighting back against bad bosses, stolen wages and other workplace issues that affect precarious workers.

The event will feature music, a brief discussion of the Solidarity Committee and its organizing model, and guest speakers.

For more info: http://torontoiww.org/

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BOOK LAUNCH – THE NEW COMMUNE-IST MANIFESTO: WORKERS OF THE WORLD, IT REALLY IS TIME TO UNITE

Monday Sept. 2 — 7 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto

By Ernesto (Ernie) Raj Peshkov-Chow; Published by RED/Fernwood, September 2013

The union movement and the Left have lost their vision of the way forward. Some key questions are asked, but no answers are forthcoming that resonate with the billions of people who comprise today’s working class. What is the alternative to capitalism? How do we get there, wherever there is?

For more info: http://www.newcommuneist.com
Or http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca

Sponsored by: Beit Zatoun, International Socialists, Socialist Action and Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly

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DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS: SOLIDARITY ACTION IN TORONTO WITH DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS (DPAC) WEEK OF ACTION IN THE UK

Tuesday, September 3
12pm
777 Bay Street, Toronto

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) is holding a week of action to challenge austerity and brutal attacks on disabled people being carried out by the Cameron Government. We are rallying outside the British Consulate to show our support and build for our own struggles in Ontario as ODSP comes under attack.

For more info: http://update.ocap.ca/node/1093

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OCCUPY ECONOMICS TORONTO WORKSHOP: THE CORPORATE SYSTEM OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS

Tuesday, Sep. 3
6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St., Toronto
Event is free

At the height of the Colonial Period, the Western powers  in a number of trading enclaves around the world enjoyed what was called ‘extraterritorial power’: their citizens and commercial enterprises were governed by the colonial powers own legal systems and not the host nations.

At the moment the sisterhood of multinational corporations (today including state-owned Chinese multinationals) are replicating such a system, established under the guise of a set of international trade agreements with so-called ‘investor protection’ clauses. Modelled on NAFTA’s chapter 11, they will triumph corporate profit over environment protection, human rights, fight for gender equality, for labour rights, etc. National and local legislation will be superseded by board of arbitrators.

We must wake up the Canadian people up to the implications of this sacrifice on the altar of corporate profit maximization.

For more info: http://occupyeconomics.ca/

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE RADICAL TRADITION OF AUTOWORKERS: AN INTERVIEW WITH GREG SHOTWELL

By Andy Piascik, Z Magazine

The sit-down strike by General Motors workers in the winter of 1936-37 was one of the galvanizing events in U.S. labor history. Similarly, the efforts of the primarily African-American autoworkers of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) sparked the resurgence of rank and file militancy in the late 1960s and 1970s. In more recent years, the New Directions caucus and Soldiers of Solidarity carried on the radical tradition in the United Automobile Workers.

Gregg Shotwell was active in both New Directions and SOS for much of his 30 years working at General Motors, during which time the UAW’s rolls fell from 1.5 million members to 382,513. He published “Live Bait and Ammo,” a boisterous newsletter that regularly skewered management as well as official union passivity.

In this interview, Shotwell talks about the onslaught of auto management, the decline of the UAW, and the efforts of autoworkers to resist both.

Read more: http://www.zcommunications.org/the-radical-tradition-of-autoworkers-by-andy-piascik.html

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UNION WAGE ADVANTAGE GROWS BY $1.71 PER HOUR

By Doug Allan, Leftwords

The gap between union and non-union wages in Ontario has grown significantly since the start of the recession in 2008, increasing by $1.71 per hour, Statistics Canada data indicates.

The hourly union advantage grew by 34 cents per hour each year on average. For a full time worker, that means the advantage for having union coverage in your workplace is growing by about $663 per year.

Compared to five years ago, that means the union wage advantage for an employee working full time hours has grown by $3,334 per year.

Read more: http://ochuleftwords.blogspot.ca/2013/08/union-wage-advantage-grows-by-171-per.html

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SCHOOL4CIVICS – PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

By Alejandra Bravo, The Maytree Foundation

When we put out a call in April to be part of our upcoming series of School4Civics boot camps, workshops and networking events, we were pleased to see the broad interest in getting involved in political life. People who get involved in politics are some of our most engaged, committed and civic-minded neighbours. Most of them have already been active in their communities, volunteering, sitting on boards, and contributing in other ways. When they get involved in politics, they are really putting themselves and their families out there in a way that most people can’t imagine.

Read more: http://diversecitytoronto.ca/blog/school4civics-pulling-back-the-curtain-on-political-engagement/

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CALL FOR PAPERS/PROPOSALS – IDEA JOURNAL 2014

Design Activism: Developing Models, Modes and Methodologies of Practice

Academics, research students and practitioners are invited to submit design research papers and critical project works that engage interior design/interior architecture theory and practice with the topic of Design Activism: Developing Models, Modes and Methodologies of Practice for the Idea Journal 2014.

The living conditions of First Nations communities, food-security concerns, access to clean safe water, domestic violence – seemingly disparate subjects can be, and are being, connected to interior design teaching and practice. Such issues are particularly linked to the ongoing discussions of designers working within the new global design paradigm. There is evidence that a range of worthwhile initiatives have been undertaken by design professionals who choose to pursue socially responsible practices, and by educators and practitioners who are intentionally shifting away from a focus on pure
aesthetics and market-driven practices.

Dissatisfied with what they perceive as an over-emphasis by the design community on aesthetics, and its failure to meaningfully address the design needs of at-risk and low-income communities, several academics and practitioners have started to incorporate social-justice issues into their design research and teaching – while a number of independent design practitioners are involving themselves in activism.

The Idea Journal accepts: design research papers, refereed studios, project reviews, visual essays, book & exhibition reviews.

Authors are invited to register their interest in submitting a paper on the form following and forward by email to the Executive Editor, Suzie Attiwill by 21 October 2013. Registration of interest is not refereed. The acknowledgement of registration facilitates development of a proposal to full research paper, refereed studio, visual essay or project review by providing formatting guidelines and publication standards to registrants.

Email: IDEAJournal2014@gmail.com
Website: http://idea-edu.com/journal/2014-idea-journal/

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 2014 CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR WORK AND LABOUR STUDIES (CAWLS) INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

Hosted at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. May 2014.

The conference organizing committee invites submissions for participation in the inaugural conference of the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies. The committee welcomes proposals for single papers, multiple paper panels, roundtables and/or workshops. In keeping with the Congress theme, “Borders without Boundaries”, the participation of researchers in academic, union and community settings is encouraged.

Please send electronic copies of 250-word proposals to the conference organizing committee c/o Dr. Larry Savage, Conference Chair and Director, Centre for Labour Studies, Brock University Labour.Studies@brocku.ca. All proposals are due by December 1, 2013.

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THOUSANDS STRIKE FAST FOOD, PICKETING AND OCCUPYING

By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes

Thousands of fast food workers walked off their jobs in 58 U.S. cities [on Thursday], an indictment of an economy that’s producing little more than McJobs. Some picket lines turned into temporary occupations, and several stores closed.

From a McDonald’s in Peoria, Illinois, to a Burger King in Durham, North Carolina, the one-day strikes hit businesses in dozens of new cities and towns. Organizers estimated a thousand restaurants were affected.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/08/thousands-strike-fast-food-picketing-and-occupying

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THE MOVEMENT AND THE MESSAGE: BRIDGING THE DIVIDE BETWEEN UNIONS AND THE PUBLIC

By Sima Sahar Zerehi, Our Times

We’ve typecast ourselves. The defenders of labour rights, the champions of working people, have become a relic of the past. At times we’re almost a parody of ourselves, a walking/talking vintage edition of class struggle: same t-shirts, same placards, same songs and chants.

Read more: http://ourtimes.ca/Featured_Story/article_286.php

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JOB POSTINGS

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: CANADIAN LABOUR CONGRESS (CLC)

The Canadian Labour Congress is seeking a National Representative responsible for online, hybrid and/or blended education and learning. The Representative will also contribute to the development and delivery of in-class learning.  This position is based in Ottawa.

The successful candidate will report to the National Director, Education.

Responsibilities include:
– develop course material on a range of issues related to labour education;
– oversee and create a range of media for online learning initiatives, in order to engage learners online and foster learning and social change;
– develop educational strategies using social media;
– plan, develop and deliver train-the-trainer courses;
– evaluate the success of individual learning and media techniques;
– provide technical support to affiliated unions, federations of labour and labour councils with respect to their education development and delivery needs;
– maintain a strong working knowledge of current and emerging online and in-class learning techniques and best practices;
– work closely with staff in other CLC departments in the development of educational materials;
– assist in piloting new course material.

For more details and to apply: https://charityvillage.com/jobs/search-results/job-detail.aspx?id=279417&l=2

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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=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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