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Strike!

Strike!

REVOLUTIONARY TEAMSTERS: THE MINNEAPOLIS TEAMSTERS STRIKE OF 1934

BRYAN PALMER

NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK FROM HAYMARKET BOOKS

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“Palmer’s superb micro-history of the Minneapolis General Strike provides readers with an unprecedented view of a Depression-era class struggle from the inside out. Revolutionary Teamsters offers invaluable ‘dancing lessons’ — still relevant today — for labor radicals and protest organizers.” — MIKE DAVIS, author of Ecology of Fear, Planet of Slums, and Buda’s Wagon

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Minneapolis in the early 1930s was anything but a union stronghold. An employers’ association known as the Citizens’ Alliance kept labor organizations in check, at the same time as it cultivated opposition to radicalism in all forms. This all changed in 1934. The year saw three strikes, violent picket-line confrontations, and tens of thousands of workers protesting in the streets.

Bryan D. Palmer tells the compelling story of how a handful of revolutionary Trotskyists, working in the largely non-union trucking sector, led the drive to organize the unorganized, to build one large industrial union. What emerges is a compelling narrative of class struggle, a reminder of what can indeed be accomplished, even in the worst of circumstances, with a principled and far-seeing leadership.

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PRAISE FOR REVOLUTIONARY TEAMSTERS

“A stirring study worthy of the epic struggles it describes. Palmer’s account situates the creativity, seriousness, and heroism of revolutionaries and rank-and-filers in an historical moment while trusting that they speak to our moment as well.”

—David R. Roediger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-author of The Production of Difference

“Revolutionary Teamsters … is not only a fresh look at a critical set of historical events in the history of both the left and the labor movement, but also an invitation to engage in a creative reconsideration of the relationship between the past and the present. Like any really good historian, Palmer reveals himself to be more interested in the future than in the past.”

—Peter Rachleff, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

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BRYAN D. PALMER, Ph.D. (1977), SUNY-Binghamton, is Canada Research Chair in the Department of Canadian Studies, Trent University. His prize-winning monographs, edited collections, and articles on the history of labour and the Left, historiography and theory, have been translated and published in Greek, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and other languages.

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ISBN: 9781608463794 / $28 / Paperback / 352 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: www.haymarketbooks.org

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/paperback-from-haymarket-books-revolutionary-teamsters-the-minneapolis-teamsters-strike-of-1934-by-bryan-palmer

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No Future

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 30th AUGUST 2010

 EVENTS

SCREENING – HOWARD ZINN: YOU CAN’T BE NEUTRAL ON A MOVING TRAIN (WITH NAOMI KLEIN)

Wednesday, September 8th
7 pm (Box office opens at 6:30)
The Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West @ Bathurst
Toronto, ON

In co-operation with Continuing Education Students Association at Ryerson, the War Resisters Support Campaign is pleased to present:

Naomi Klein introducing

Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train
A documentary screening with film makers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller and Iraq war resister Jeremy Hinzman, introduced by Naomi Klein

Admission: $10.00

For information or advance tickets, please contact us at resisters@sympatico.ca

War Resisters Support Campaign
http://www.letthemstay.ca/ or http://www.resisters.ca/

Media sponsor: rabble.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH: OUR FRIENDLY LOCAL TERRORIST

Sep 7, 2010
5:00-7:00pm
University of Toronto
Regis College
100 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, ON

Between the Lines welcomes one and all to the launch of Our Friendly Local Terrorist by Mary Jo Leddy.

About the book:

“A chilling story that shakes your faith in our vaunted Canadian immigration system. Secret hearings, spying, betrayal, no accountability are features we associate with desperate dictatorships elsewhere, not our own government here in Canada. It is no wonder Canada’s stature in the human rights world has sunk to its lowest level ever. This is a national disgrace.” – Helga Stephenson, human rights activist

Contact name: Between the Lines info@btlbooks.com

(Also Sep. 8, 5:00-7:00 pm, Romero House, 1558 Bloor St. West, Toronto)

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WOMEN MATTER: MAYORAL CANDIDATES MEETING

Equal Voice, Toronto Women’s City Alliance and YWCA Toronto will host a mayoral
Debate on the issues that matter to Toronto women.

Friday, September 10, 2010
6pm to 8:30pm
YWCA Toronto
80 Woodlawn Ave. East, Toronto
(North of Summerhill Subway)

Mayoral Candidates:

* Rob Ford
* Joe Pantalone
* Rocco Rossi
* George Smitherman
* Sarah Thomson

Moderator to be confirmed

Child-minding is available. Please call 647-235-8575 to register for child-minding.

Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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DR. CHUN RESOURCE LIBRARY PRESENTS…LEE MARACLE AND HER BOOK RAVENSONG!

Thursday, September 2, 2010
6:00 PM
The Dr. Chun Resource Library
The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T
563 Spadina Ave., Room 100 (North Borden Building)
Wheelchair accessible through Bancroft Ave.

Hosted by OPIRG & The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT

FREE event! Yummy refreshments will be provided!

Ravensong is a passionate novel about a young woman’s search for answers to difficult questions by one of our foremost First Nations writers. Stacey must balance her family’s traditional ways against white society’s intrusive values. It is set in the 1950’s Pacific Northwest.

Lee Maracle is of Salish and Cree ancestry and a member of the Stó:lō Nation. Besides being a professor at the University of Toronto, she has also been the Stanley Knowles Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at the University of Waterloo. Maracle has been the Traditional Cultural Director of The Centre for Indigenous Theatre and has worked as an instructor of dramatic composition and theatrical representation. Maracle’s works reflect her antipathy toward racism, sexism, and white cultural domination.

The Dr. Chun Resource Library is a joint project of the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T, and OPIRG-Toronto.

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ DEBATE: “INCLUSION: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES IN TORONTO”

October 6, 2010
6:00-8:00 pm
Yorkwoods Library Theatre
1785 Finch Avenue West, Toronto

Sponsored by the Latin American Community Roundtable, a coalition of 16 organizations working with the Latin American community in Toronto.

To find out more about the October Mayoral Debate, please contact Adriana Salazar of the Mennonite New Life Centre at (416) 699-4527 ext. 229 or asalazar@mnlct.org.

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G8/20 LEGAL DEFENCE POTLUCK FUNDRAISER

Sunday September 5, 2010
2:00 pm
36 Sunnylea Drive
St. Catharines, ON

Guest speakers:

* Judy Rebick – Rabble.ca
* Bryan Palmer – Labour Historian

Music by George Hewison

An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Further info: (905) 934-6233 or (905) 984-1763 email: ballen@cogeco.ca

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BOOK LAUNCH: POWER IN COALITION

Tuesday 7 September
7:00 pm
Paupers Pub, second floor lounge
corner of Bloor and Lippincott Sts. (near Bathurst)
Toronto

Sponsored by Ontario Health Coalition

Coalitions can be important tools for social change and union revitalization. What makes them successful? What causes them to fail? Union and community organizer Amanda Tattersall examines successful coalitions between unions and community organizations in three countries: the public education coalition in Sydney, Toronto’s Ontario Health Coalition fighting to save universal health care, and Chicago’s living wage campaign run by the Grassroots Collaborative. She explores when and how coalitions can be a powerful strategy for social change, organizational development and union renewal.

For more about the book or to buy the book visit www.powerincoalition.com

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE CLASS STRUGGLE IN VAUGHAN: THE SEARS LOCKOUT AND USW

by Jordy Cummings, The Bullet

In the last week of July 2010, workers of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9537, who have been locked out of their workplace and on the picket-lines for nearly five months, found a big pile of shit sitting right smack-dab by their picket-line outside of a warehouse in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. One could not ask for a better symbol of retail-capital’s attitude toward their workers.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/409.php

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VIRTUAL POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION: PRIVATIZATION AND PROFIT

Growing evidence from the U.S. indicates the for-profit virtual university is no solution and Canadian universities, faculty and potential students should be more aware of the potential pitfalls of privatized post-secondary education.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/post-secondary/virtual-post-secondary-education

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25 YEARS ON, STILL P-9 PROUD

by Peter Rachleff, Labor Notes

On the heels of a commemoration marking the 25th anniversary of the landmark strike at the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, historian and strike supporter Peter Rachleff reflects on the battle waged by Food and Commercial Workers Local P-9 and its legion of backers across the country.)

>From the late summer of 1985 into the early spring of 1986, the small town of Austin, Minnesota, figured prominently in the national news. The dramatic themes and issues, twists and turns, of a labor conflict there captured the national imagination. This interest was not merely passive, as more than 30 support committees formed across the U.S. and aid for the strikers came from nineteen countries. This strike touched a raw, deep nerve.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2010/08/25-years-still-p-9-proud

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A PLACE FOR EQUITY POLICIES

by Ratna Omidvar, Toronto Star

Employment equity isn’t about quotas. It’s about providing opportunities for competent individuals.

It angers Canadians to think that someone could get a job just because of the colour of his or her skin.

And it should.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/847352–a-place-for-equity-policies

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ONTARIO TEACHERS’ PENSION PLAN INVESTING IN PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT WATER SERVICES IN CHILE

In Canada and around the world there is clear evidence that the privatization of water services has meant:

* Rate hikes and cut-offs to low income households
* Violation or elimination of environmental regulation
* Reduction in quality of services
* Lay-offs and poor labour standards

Public private partnerships (P3s) are often used to privatize water services. Water is a human right and a public resource. Privatization restricts access to water – a vital life resource – to those who can afford to pay for it.

This is why the Council of Canadians has launched a campaign calling on the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) to stop investing in private, for-profit water services in Chile.

Read more: http://www.canadians.org/water/issues/OTPP/index.html

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WHY WE VOTE AGAINST OUR INTERESTS

by Alex Himelfarb, The Mark

Quite a bit of work has been undertaken recently on why people often vote against their own interests… this now growing body of thought seeks to explain why those who should most want change often vote for ideological parties that defend the status quo or more accurately, in English speaking democracies, parties that trust to the markets and tradition, even if neither has been very kind to many of us.

Read more: http://www.themarknews.com/articles/2153-why-we-vote-against-our-interests

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

EVERYDAY SCHOLARS: FRAMING INFORMAL LEARNING IN TERMS OF ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND SKILLS
Kaela Jubas
Adult Education Quarterly published 24 August 2010, 10.1177/0741713610380444
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610380444v1

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THE LONG MARCH TOWARD NEOLIBERALISM: RACE AND HOUSING IN THE POSTWAR METROPOLIS
Andrew J. Diamond
Journal of Urban History published 25 August 2010, 10.1177/0096144210374465
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/rapidpdf/0096144210374465v1

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ACTIVISM AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP IN UNION ORGANIZING: WHO ARE THE ACTIVISTS?
Gregor Gall Fiorito & Arthur D. Martinez
Journal of Labor Research, Volume 31 Number 3, 10.1007/s12122-010-9092-3
http://www.springerlink.com/content/0504030878778631/

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INEQUALITY AND GROWTH IN ADVANCED ECONOMIES: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION
Amparo Castelló-Climen
Journal of Economic Inequality, Volume 8, Number 3, 10.1007/s10888-010-9133-4
http://www.springerlink.com/content/l3r7h45070642712/

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JOB POSTINGS

PART-TIME ADMINISTRATOR: THE DOMINION NEWSPAPER COOPERATIVE/MEDIA CO-OP, MONTREAL

The Dominion Newspaper Cooperative/Media Co-op is hiring a part-time administrator to communicate with the Co-op’s membership.  The individual will work closely with the Media Co-op team in Montreal and be responsible for communicating with members about subscriptions, distribution, donations and sustaining.

The position may expand to include bookkeeping and payroll in the near future, so experience in managing finances and working in Simply Accounting are an added bonus.

The individual will also have the opportunity to learn more about other aspects of the Dominion’s day-to-day operations by working with the editorial collective in the Dominion’s Montreal office.

The position is for 8 hours per week at a rate of $9.50 per hour with a start date in mid-September. If bookkeeping is introduced into the job description, hours will increase to 12 per week.

Please send your resume and cover letter to info@mediacoop.ca with the subject line DOMINION ADMIN JOB no later than September 7, 2010.

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INTERNSHIPS: ONTARIO CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
   
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is seeking applicants for two 26-week internships as part of the Ontario Co-operative Association’s Co-operative Internship (CIEP) program. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or legally entitled to work in Canada, 30 years of age or younger, have a post-secondary diploma or degree and not be currently enrolled in studies related to a diploma/degree program. Deadline for applications is September 7, 2010.

The internship positions are:

* Communications and Web Specialist
* Government Affairs Research Associate 

You can find links to these job postings at: http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/about_cca/EmploymentOpportunities

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR: COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY

The Program Director, Community Education Programs, will be responsible for the design and implementation of externally-funded, collaborative, community-based programs and projects. The focus of the work will be on creating access to education for non-traditional students, in particular those from groups underrepresented in the University. The Program Director will work with University faculty and staff, community associates, and colleagues in Continuing Studies to design, deliver, evaluate and identify funding for programs and projects related to outreach education.

For further information about the position and details of the application process please visit:
http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/hr_services/advisory_services/employment_at_sfu/current_job_postings/index.html

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PART-TIME COALITION CO-ORDINATOR: SOCIAL PLANNING TORONTO(CONTRACT POSITION TO JUNE 30, 2011)

Social Planning Toronto is a non-profit community organization committed to independent social planning at the local and city-wide levels. We work to improve the quality of life for all people in Toronto through community capacity building, community education and advocacy, policy research and analysis, and social reporting.

Social Planning Toronto is seeking an experienced and skilled part-time co-ordinator to support the organizing efforts and co-ordination of the Coalition for Change (approximately 50 hours a month for 10 months).

The Coalition for Change is a newly established coalition with a diverse grassroots membership of organizations focused on improving the rights and conditions facing temporary migrant workers.  One of the key principles of the coalition is to support the leadership and participation of migrant workers themselves in participating in activities and campaigns to improve working conditions and immigration status in Canada.

Deadline for Applications is September 3rd at 5:00pm, 2010.

For more information visit: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/news/social-planning-toronto-job-posting-for-part-time-coalition-co-ordinator/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK):

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 CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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May Day - London

May Day - London

A CENTURY+ OF MAY DAYS: LABOR AND SOCIAL STRUGGLES

 

A Century+ of May Days: Labor and Social Struggles
International Conference

In Chicago during May Day weekend 2010, there will be a conference to discuss, debate and analyze labor and social struggles, both past and present.

Call for Papers, workshop and panel proposals (by December 15th).

We hope to cover an array of important historical and political topics. In addition to purely academic pursuits, conference participants will have the opportunity to participate in the May Day rally organized by the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Illinois Labor History Society.  If there is sufficient interest, we will set up a Chicago labor history tour.

Initial list of participants and endorsers: Illinois Labor History Society; James Thindwa, In These Times; Suzie Weissman, Saint Mary’s College of California; Bryan Palmer, Labour/Le Travail (Canada); Ronald van Raak, M.P. (The Netherlands); Kim Bobo, Interfaith Worker Justice; Michael McIntyre, DePaul University; Peter Hudis, Loyola University; Sungur Savran, Author (Turkey); Lea Haro, University of Glasgow (Scotland); George Gonos, SUNY-Potsdam; Janine Hatman, University of Cincinnati; Lauren Langman, Loyola University; Alexander Pantsov, Capital University; Francis King, Secretary–Socialist History Society (London); Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati; Eric A. Schuster, Truman College; Knud Jensen, DPU Aarhus University (Copenhagen); Axel Fair-Schulz, SUNY- Potsdam; JP Page, CGT (France); Dianne Feeley, Against the Current; Kevin Anderson, UC – Santa Barbara; Fritz Weber (Vienna); Jerry Harris, DeVry University; Joe Berry, University of Illinois; Theo Bergmann, (Stuttgart); Dan LaBotz, Author (Cincinnati); Sobhanlal Datta Gupta,. Surendra Nath Banerjee Professor, Calcutta University. (India); Spectre Magazine (Belgium); Steven McGiffen, American Graduate School of International Relations (Paris); Len Kaufmann (Wisconsin); William A. Pelz, Institute of Working Class History (Chicago)

Further details: mayday1890.2010@gmail.com <mailto:mayday1890.2010@gmail.com>  or write: Institute of Working Class History, 2335 W. Altgeld Street Chicago, IL. 60647-2001 U.S.A.A

Web site: http://www.mayday2010.info/

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Civilization

Civilization

Re-imagining Western Civilization: On the 60th Anniversary of the Writing of C.L.R. James’s American Civilization

 

Conference

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 October 2009, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Dialogue with International scholars (including David Austin, Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Aldon Nielsen, Kent Worcester, Bryan Palmer and Frank Rosengarten) and launch of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James by David Austin (ed.)

Cost: $75 general and $25 for students/seniors/others
Includes all sessions, breaks, lunch and reception or $30 per day excluding reception.

Registration information at: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/james-registration or request a form by emailing clrreg@uottawa.ca

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