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Negative CapitalismCENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 9th SEPTEMBER 2013

EVENTS

MEETING FACILITATION SKILLS FOR CHANGE MAKERS
Saturday, September 28, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7756789767

Learn and practice key tools, techniques and approaches that will help you understand the facilitation process, effectively facilitate meetings and make great decisions.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their facilitation skills and receive critical feedback.

Trainer: Jessica Bell, M.Ed. is a facilitator and trainer. More info at: http://www.jessicabell.org

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55th ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE (AERC) – CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS

The 2014 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 55th Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for June 5-7, 2014 in Harrisburg, PA. Preconferences are scheduled for June 4th. The full call for proposals is available online at: http://adulterc.org. We are pleased to announce that Penn State Harrisburg will host AERC next spring.

We are accepting proposals for three types of presentations:
1. Papers
2. Research Roundtables
3. Symposia

All proposals must be RECEIVED by email on or before September 23, 2013.
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email.

Please feel free to distribute this call widely. We look forward to seeing each of you in Harrisburg!

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FORUM FOR ABORIGINAL ACADEMIC STAFF – ROLE OF ABORIGINAL ACADEMICS IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE

November 1-3, 2013
Courtyard Marriott
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) is sponsoring its 4th Forum for Aboriginal Academic Staff which will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown. Organized with the guidance of CAUT’s Working Group on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education. This will be an opportunity for Aboriginal academic staff from across Canada to get together to share information, discuss issues of common interest and provide advice to CAUT and our member associations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Forum, please contact Rosa Barker at barker@caut.ca or visit http://events.caut.ca/aboriginal-2013/

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CAFÉ DISSENSUS ISSUE 8 (JULY-AUGUST 2014): INLAND LABOUR MIGRATION IN INDIA – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guest-Editor: Soma Chatterjee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto

Café Dissensus, an online magazine dedicated to discussing and analysing social and political issues in India, is planning an issue focusing on precarious labour migration within India. Please consider contributing if your work is relevant to this and share the following call for contributions with your respective networks. Please note contributions can take the form of articles and also interviews with workers, worker/activists, policy makers etc.

For more info: http://cafedissensus.com/forthcoming-issuecall-for-contributions/

As well, if you have engaged in issues of precarious labour migration within India and would like to be interviewed please contact Soma Chatterjee at rupsa29@gmail.com

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HELP US FIGHT FOR $14! JOIN THE SEPTEMBER 14TH DAY OF ACTION

September 14th is coming soon — the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage’s second province-wide day of action for a $14 minimum wage!  This month we’ll be carrying out creative actions outside corporate targets who are board members of powerful lobby groups fighting to keep wages low.  You may be surprised to hear who’s on the list!  Stay tuned as we announce the full list next week!

Actions are being organized in Halton, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough, Sudbury, York Region, Cornwall, London, Toronto and more.

For more info: http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/updates/join-the-september-14th-day-of-action/

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and the Workers’ Action Centre.

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UALE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH GRANTS

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is pleased to continue awarding grants to fund research related to workers, unions, and employment policy. Preference will be given to UALE members in determining award recipients. UALE has allocated $5,000 for this purpose. We will select a maximum of two award recipients.

Applications for the 2013 awards are due by November 15, 2013. The recipients will be announced by December 15, 2013.

For more information, including how to apply, see our website at: http://www.uale.org

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NEWS & VIEWS

UNIFOR’S FOUNDING CONVENTION: THE PREDICTABLE AND THE UNEXPECTED

By Lindsay Hinshelwood

Over the Labour Day weekend two of Canada’s largest industrial unions, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), merged to become the country’s largest private sector union, Unifor.

At this founding convention, facilitated by retiring CAW President Ken Lewenza, the new union leadership moved forward by engaging in exactly the same kind of rhetoric it engaged in the day before when the CAW held its final convention: the usual “we fought for this, we fought for that.” So if
we ask the question “what kind of union is Unifor likely to be?” I’m going to say it will be just a larger, more tightly controlled Old Boys’ club.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2013/09/canada-unifors-founding-convention.html

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UNION WORKERS RATIFY NEW AGREEMENT AT TORONTO PLAZA HOTEL ENDING 13-WEEK STRIKE

Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9466 have ratified a new two-year agreement at the Toronto Plaza Hotel thus ending a bitter 13-week strike.

The new agreement was approved by a margin of 80% and removes all the draconian concessions demanded by hotel management and even provides a wage increase. Also removed from the final settlement was management’s insistence on new language that would have gutted basic protections and rights of union workers.

“Our members stood strong and their spirits were uplifted by the support they received from the labour movement, Toronto area steelworkers and the public throughout the GTA and across Canada,” said Mohamed Baksh USW Staff Representative.

Read more: http://www.usw.ca/media/news/releases?id=0900

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL CHANGE: LESSONS FROM THE OIL TRAIN DISASTER AT LAC MÉGANTIC, QUEBEC

By Roger Annis, The Bullet

As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused the disaster and have been keeping a low profile are beginning to assert themselves anew.

Irving Oil, the company that brought the ill-fated oil train through the town in the crazed oil-by-train scheme it launched in 2012, says it’s concerned to get the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MM&A) fully operational again. The line is severed at the explosion site in center of the town. The railway was threatened with closure by federal transportation authorities several weeks ago for lack of insurance and then okayed to continue provisionally. There still looms its eventual and inevitable insolvency.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/869.php

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QUEER STRUGGLES ARE CLASS STRUGGLES

By Shay Enxuga, Halifax Media Co-op

This article uses the single gender-neutral pronoun “they”.

“Queer struggles are class struggles,” says Charlie Huntley, a 25 year old coffee shop worker, “and should never be addressed as if they are isolated issues.”

On the heels of a successful union drive at Just Us on Spring Garden, and in the midst of an ongoing battle at Second Cup on Quinpool, the Baristas Rise Up (BRU) campaign was initiated as – “a worker-led union movement that is fighting to improve working conditions and industry standards in precarious and low-waged café jobs.”

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/2013/09/05/queer-struggles-are-class-struggles/

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WITH NOTHING TO LOSE AND A LIVING WAGE TO WIN, FAST-FOOD WALKOUTS SPREAD

By Peter Rugh, Waging Nonviolence

Fast-food workers walked off the job in about 50 U.S. cities, the latest show of force from a unionization campaign that began with a one-day strike involving 200 people in New York City last November. Since then, the union drive has taken root in several East Coast and Midwestern cities including Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Milwaukee. The actions on Thursday marked new territory for the campaign with picket-lines going up in West Coast and Southern cities — Los Angeles, Seattle, Tampa, Fla., Raleigh, N.C., and Houston among them.

Read more: http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/with-nothing-to-lose-and-a-living-wage-to-win-fast-food-walkouts-spread/

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JOB POSTINGS

TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
College of Education
The University of Georgia

The Qualitative Research program at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce an open rank tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, commensurate with qualifications and scholarly record. Typically, within the open-rank classification, candidates with no prior work experience following the earning of a doctorate would be hired at the assistant professor rank; candidates with a minimum of 6 years of work experience after earning a doctorate would be considered for the associate professor rank; and candidates with a minimum of 10 years of work experience after earning a doctorate would be considered for the full professor rank. The area of qualitative methods specialization for the candidate’s research and teaching assignment is open. The ideal candidate will be well prepared in the broad range of theoretical frameworks for qualitative inquiry, have sound knowledge of the history and variety of qualitative research methodologies, as well as expertise in a methodological area that would complement the range of existing faculty areas of expertise.

For more information: https://apps.itos.uga.edu/ach/position/21844

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WORK FOR LABOR NOTES!

Labor Notes is accepting applications for two positions as we expand staff in our New York office. We are looking for people with experience in the labor movement and demonstrated capacities as organizational leaders. Start date is in October. A commitment to rank-and-file unionism is a must.

– Organizer

Initial duties will focus on organizing Labor Notes’ biennial Conference April 4-6, 2014. Possible assignments include recruiting individuals and groups to attend, coordinating workshop speakers, dealing with venue and vendors, organizing volunteers, soliciting program book ads, giving scholarships, coordinating interpretation, entertainment and culture, childcare, fundraising before and during, and AV needs onsite.

See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs#sthash.Rhmt7Bps.dpuf

– Assistant Director

Work with Director Mark Brenner to oversee strategic planning, budgeting, project management, staff coordination, and general administration. Lead fundraising, including development of new foundation grants and major donors. Plan and execute promotional campaigns for Labor Notes publications and events, and maintain connections between staff and Labor Notes off-staff leaders. Coordinate with website and database vendors. Coordinate and sometimes facilitate stand-alone trainings and workshops for local unions and caucuses. Build and maintain connections with rank-and-file activists
across the country and key Labor Notes supporters. Travel for organizing and Labor Notes events.

See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs#sthash.Rhmt7Bps.dpuf

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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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Digitisation Perspectives

EPHEMERA – VOLUME 10 NUMBERS 3 – 4

The Digital Labour Group in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and /ephemera: theory and politics in organization/ are pleased to announce the arrival of Volume 10: 3-4:

*** Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens ***

Edited by Jonathan Burston, Nick Dyer-Witheford and Alison Hearn

ephemera: http://www.ephemeraweb.org/

Born out of the conference of the same name held in the fall of 2009 at the University of Western Ontario, this special double issue of / ephemera / addresses the implications of digital labour as they are emerging in practice, politics, policy, culture, and theoretical enquiry. As workers, as authors, and as citizens, we are increasingly summoned and disciplined by new digital technologies that define the workplace and produce ever more complex regimes of surveillance and control. At the same time, new possibilities for agency and new spaces for collectivity are borne from these multiplying digital innovations.

This volume explores this social dialectic, with a specific focus on new forms of labour. Papers examine the histories and theories of digital capitalism, foundational assumptions in debates about digital labour, issues of intellectual property and copyright, material changes in the digital workplace, transnational perspectives on digital labour, the issue of free labour and new definitions of work, and struggles and contests on the scene of digital production.

Contributors include Brian Holmes, Andrea Fumagalli and Cristina Morini, David Hesmondhalgh, Ursula Huws, Barry King, Jack Bratich, Enda Brophy and many others.

This issue also contains vital contributions from union and guild activists hailing from the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American  Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

The Digital Labour Group: Jonathan Burston, Edward Comor, James Compton, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Ajit Pyati, Sandra Smeltzer, Matt Stahl, Samuel E. Trosow.

 

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Work No More

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 7th MARCH 2010


EVENTS

BILL FLETCHER JR. – “OPERATING IN THE OBAMA MOMENT: CHALLENGES FOR PROGRESSIVES”

Public Forum: 2010 Phyllis Clarke memorial Lecture

7:00 PM
Wednesday March 10, 2010
Cara Commons/Lounge 7th floor, 1-148
Ryerson University, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

Bill Fletcher Jr. is a longtime labour and international activist and the former President and chief executive officer of TransAfrica Forum. He is the executive editor of The Black Commentator and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. His latest book is Solidarity Divided.

Co-sponsored and supported by Ryerson’s CUPE Locals 233, 1281 and 3904 and the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.

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ACCUMULATION CRISIS AS ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: THE END OF CHEAP FOOD, CHEAP ENERGY, AND CHEAP LABOUR

CIS Development Seminar Series
Speaker: Jason W. Moore (Department of Human Geography, Lund University)

Friday, March 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
108N – North House, Munk Centre for International Studies, U of T
1 Devonshire Place

Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=8206

Sponsored by Centre for International Studies

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TRIBUNAL SAYS SPECIAL DIET PROGRAM DISCRIMINATES

Government considering scrapping the program in response

Discrimination. That’s the ruling of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on the way the province’s Special Diet Allowance Program provides benefits to three people who made human rights complaints.

On February 17, the Tribunal issued its decision that the way the program is administered in these three cases violates the Human Rights Code. These three cases are lead cases in a Tribunal proceeding that involves human rights complaints from nearly 200 other people and Social Benefit Tribunal complaints from another 800 people, so the implications are large.

The Tribunal has ordered the government to increase the benefit amounts for these three people – and any other Special Diet recipients with the same medical conditions. And it set out the legal test that will help determine the outcome of the nearly 200 human rights complaints.

But the government seems to be thinking about scrapping the program altogether.

The Special Diet Allowance program is too important to lose. Take Action Now!

To read more: http://www.incomesecurity.org/specialdietdecision.htm

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CANADIAN COMMITTEE ON LABOUR HISTORY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Canadian Committee on Labour History will once again be holding their annual general meeting during Congress and your attendance will be much appreciated.

Please mark your calendars for the following:

Date:  Monday, May 31
Time: 12:30 – 2:00
Location:  LB-1042.03, 10th floor of the Library Building, Concordia University, Montreal

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NEWS & VIEWS

MURRAY DOBBINS’ BLOG: HARPER’S STRATEGIC ELECTION BUDGET

As one would expect from Stephen Harper, he has come down with a very strategic budget and a fairly smart one at that. As with his other strategic considerations this one is aimed at achieving the goal he is obsessed with: getting a majority in the next election.

To read more: http://murraydobbin.ca/2010/03/04/harpers-strategic-election-budget/

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THE CASE FOR KEEPING OUR HYDRO UTILITIES PUBLIC

By Paul Kahnert, Bullet No. 319, March 2 2010

Most people don’t pay much attention to electricity, except when the lights are out or when they get their bill. But, they soon will. The most valuable asset in virtually every Ontario municipality is its hydro utility. For 90 plus years, local municipal hydro utilities ran at cost and returned ‘profits’ to residents in the form of lower and stable rates. They were well run and virtually debt free.

Debts created by cost overruns at Ontario Hydro’s nuclear power stations were no worse than privately-owned nuclear power stations everywhere else. Yet the debt level of Ontario Hydro opened the door for the Harris Conservatives to ram through a plan to deregulate and privatize Ontario’s power system.

To read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/319.php

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2010 FEDERAL BUDGET A “MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT” FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

OTTAWA, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ – The organization representing Canada’s university and college educators says today’s federal budget is a major disappointment for post-secondary education, leaving Canada’s researchers behind, providing no new support for universities and colleges to deal with increasing enrolments, and no relief for students grappling with high debt loads and tuition fees.

“The government was supposed to have taken time off to ‘recalibrate,’ but there’s been no change in direction when it comes to post-secondary education and funding for research,” said James Turk, executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

To read more: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2010/04/c7181.html

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JAMES LAXER’S BLOG: GEORGE SMITHERMAN, THE PRIVATIZER: NO THANKS

You learn a lot about a candidate for public office when he or she first stakes out a position on a key issue.

In this case, the candidate is George Smitherman, who recently left the Ontario Liberal cabinet, to run for mayor of Toronto. In an in-depth interview with the Toronto Star, Smitherman mused that he would consider privatizing garbage pick-up in Toronto and the privatization of some of the city’s public transit lines.

To read more: http://www.jameslaxer.com/blog.html

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ALTERNATIVE BUDGET 2010

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released the 2010 Alternative Federal Budget yesterday along with a six point jobs plan to confront the jobs crisis and tackle the fiscal deficit with less pain and more gain.

The alternative budget and jobs plan would bring unemployment back to pre-recession levels by the end of 2011 and demonstrate there is a better way to get out of deficit through smart investments and smart taxation.

To read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/alternative-federal-budget-2010
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RAISE MY TAXES, PLEASE! EVALUATING HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS FROM HIGH QUALITY PUBLIC TRANSIT

High quality public transit consists of service sufficiently convenient and comfortable to attract travel that would otherwise be by automobile. This paper uses data from U.S. cities to investigate the incremental costs and benefits of high quality transit service.

The analysis indicates that high quality public transit typically requires about $268 annually per capita in additional tax subsidy and $104 in additional fares, but provides vehicle, parking and road cost savings averaging $1,040 per capita, plus other benefits including congestion reductions, increased traffic safety, pollution reductions, improved mobility for non-drivers, improved fitness and health.

This indicates that residents should rationally support tax increases if needed to create high quality public transit systems in their communities. Current planning practices tend to overlook or undervalue many of these savings and benefits and so result in underinvestment in transit quality improvements.

To read more: http://www.vtpi.org/raisetaxes.pdf

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

* Research on social determinants and health: what sorts of data do we need?
Siegfried Geyer
Journal of Public Health, Volume 55 Number 1
http://www.springerlink.com/content/p81v501h560702n7/

* Get the lead out: Environmental politics in 1970s St. Louis
Robert Gioielli
Journal of Urban History published 5 March 2010, 10.1177/0096144210363070
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210363070v1

* Book review: Jarvis, P. (2006). The lifelong learning and the learning society trilogy, Volumes 1-3.
Shibao Guo
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 207-211
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/60/2/207

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OUR MANDATE:

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.

This is a moderated list. To send postings to the list, please email them to rhonda_sussman@yahoo.ca

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For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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