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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 11th DECEMBER 2010

EVENTS

LATEST APCOL (ANTI-POVERTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND LEARNING – CSEW’S MAJOR PROJECT) NEWSLETTER ONLINE

The latest APCOL newsletter featuring updates on project activities as well as articles focused on community anti-poverty issues and activism can be found at http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/apcol/Newsletter/index.html.

A new feature on the APCOL web site – an interactive Google map showing the neighbourhoods where APCOL is active with links to community sites. Check it out at http://www.apcol.ca/Activity_Map.html.

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WORKERS ASSEMBLY FOURTH COFFEEHOUSE – ANTI-CAPITALISM AND ELECTORAL POLITICS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Friday, December 17
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Regal Beagle Pub (back room)
335 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Speakers:
– Mary-Jo Nadeau – Coordinating Committee, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid; university teacher and writer
– Ajamu Nangwaya – Labour, community and anti-racist activist
– Elizabeth Rowley – Communist Party electoral candidate in various federal elections, including 2004 and 2006

Join us to consider the politics of elections and the left. Following introductions from diverse perspectives, join us in a free-flowing discussion addressing strategy, points of unity and difference in our movements, and the potential of the GTWA in these discussions and actions.

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VOTE FOR J4MW (JUSTICIA FOR MIGRANT WORKERS) FOR LABOUR PHOTO OF THE YEAR!

Labour Start’s panel of judges comprised of David Bacon, Gretchen Donart and Mac Urata selected 5 photos that best captures workers’ struggles this year. And our Pilgrimage to Freedom is one of them!  Please take a moment to vote for the powerful picture on the left taken by Gerrardo Correa of our migrant brothers and sisters who led this historic action. Please distribute widely on your lists, twitter, Facebook and any online tools to spread the word far and wide.

Deadline for voting: Dec. 31, midnight

http://www.labourstart.org/lpoty/

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INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

December 18
3pm – 7pm
George Brown College, St. James Campus
290 Adelaide St. East
3rd Floor, Room 303 – Theatre

Join us in celebrating International Migrants Day, organized by a network of various migrant workers groups and allies.  Cultural performances through popular theatre, dance and music, mural painting, and photo exhibits will be the highlight of the celebration.

We will celebrate victories won, affirm the right of migrant workers to self-organize, and strengthen the bonds of solidarity with all workers. There will be a report back, through video, by delegates from the recently-concluded International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees held in Mexico City as well as photo exhibits of the Pilgrimage to Freedom last November.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

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LAUNCHING THE SOCIALIST REGISTER 2011!

Thursday, January 20th
7 PM
Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin, Toronto
416 588 0307 http://www.lulalounge.ca

with panel discussion with local contributors:
Greg Albo, Bryan Evans, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

Doors open at 6, dinner and drinks available.

Sponsored by: York University Book Store, Fernwood Books, the Socialist Project, and the Socialist Register.

For more information please contact: fpeters@yorku.ca

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WORKSHOP – JANE FINCH ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: RAISING THE RATES & RESTORING THE SPECIAL DIET ALLOWANCE

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Black Creek Community Health Centre
2nd Floor, Yorkgate Mall
(Jane Street, north of Finch Ave.)

Childcare and TTC tickets available
Dinner will be served

All community residents, community workers and union members are invited to a workshop on:

Why raising the rate of social assistance should matter to all of us?
What can we do to restore the Special Diet Allowance?

Presentations by CUPE and OCAP

Social assistance rates are way below the poverty line, and it has remained virtually unchanged since 1995 where Mike Harris government slashed assistant rate by almost 22%.  People on social assistance are now about 40% to 50% worse off than those in 1995.  In addition, the McGuinty government has decided to restrict its $250 special diet allowance to social assistance recipients with a medically verified need for extra money for special diet. According to the Toronto Star, those with “ineligible” aliments (such as cardiovascular disease and impaired glucose tolerance) or hungry kids or no cash left when the rent is paid will be cut off.  Thousands of recipients will be affected by these changes.

Jane-Finch community has had one of the highest rates of application as well as denial of special diet allowance.

Social assistance rates need to be increased to the above poverty line and the Special Diet Allowance restored immediately.

Organized by Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP)

In partnership with Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)

For more information, please contact janefinchactionagainstpoverty@gmail.com
or leave us a voicemail at 416-760-2677.

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NEWS & VIEWS

CORPORATE GREED IS ERODING FOUNDATIONS OF A JUST SOCIETY

by John Cartwright, Toronto Star

Not long ago, a wealthy stockbroker drives by nine men who have been locked out of their jobs at the First Canadian Place. He stops his luxury car, gets out, and utters the words that explain his attitude to their plight.

“The watch I’m wearing is worth more than you earn in a year. Get out of my way!”

(John Cartwright is President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.)

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/905536–corporate-greed-is-eroding-foundations-of-a-just-society

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NEW BOOK – REBEL RANK AND FILE

Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below During the Long 1970s, edited by Aaron Brenner, Robert Brenner, and Cal Winslow

The hidden story of the 1970s insurgency from below, against employers and bureaucrats.

From the mid-1960s to 1981, rank-and-file workers in the United States engaged in a level of sustained militancy not seen since the Great Depression and World War II. Millions participated in one of the largest strike waves in US history. There were 5,716 stoppages in 1970 alone, involving more than 3 million workers. Contract rejections, collective insubordination, sabotage, organized slowdowns, and wildcat strikes were the order of the day.

Read more: http://www.versobooks.com/books/282-rebel-rank-and-file

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FREE TRANSIT AND MOVEMENT BUILDING

by Rebecca Schein, The Bullet

The demonstrations surrounding the G20 summit in Toronto unfolded more or less as scripted. Demonstrators marched peacefully along a designated route through deserted downtown streets. A few people broke windows and set fire to abandoned police cars. Police made full use of their brand new riot gear and special legal powers. A thousand arrests. Denunciations of police lawlessness and brutality. Calls for a public inquiry. Denunciations of vandalism. Calls for solidarity. And of course, the perennial lament that the voices and messages of labour and civil society were lost in the clamor.

(Rebecca Schein teaches in the Human Rights Program at Carleton University.)

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/438.php

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ORGANIZING TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

by Jill Hanley & Eric Shragge, Social Policy

Canada’s immigration system has been shifting towards the use of temporary foreign worker programs to respond to a business demand for a low paid, compliant labor force, a trend that can be observed across OECD countries. This form of migration puts workers at risk of abusive economic conditions and undermines the strength of the workers who are permanent residents. The conditions faced by these workers are at best difficult, with little legal protection in practice.

How can global south-to-north migrant workers defend themselves from abuse and have equal working conditions?

(Jill Hanley is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, McGill University, Montreal. Eric Shragge teaches in the School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal.)

Read more: http://www.socialpolicy.org/index.php/component/content/article/4-latest-issue/370-organizing-temporary-foreign-workers

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OUR WORKING LIVES AFFECT OUR HEALTH

by The Wellesley Institute

Our working lives are an essential contributor to what keeps us healthy and what makes us sick. In this recent release, Work and Health: Exploring the impact of employment on health disparities, Sheila Block, the Wellesley Institute’s new Director of Economic Analysis, delves into the linkages between labour market policies, employment conditions, working conditions and health disparities.

Read more: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/our-working-lives-affect-our-health/

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CANADA’S RICHEST 1% TAKING MORE THAN EVER BEFORE

by Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives

A major report by CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan shows Canada’s richest 1% enjoy more of the gains from economic growth than ever before in recorded history.

The report looks at income trends over the past 90 years, revealing the richest 1% took 32% of all growth in incomes between 1997 and 2007 – the biggest piece of action any generation of Canadians has taken.

You have to go all the way back to the 1920s to find a similar trend, and even then, the richest 1% didn’t take so large a share of income.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/canadas-richest-1-taking-more-ever

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

ORGANIZED LABOR, NUCLEAR POWER, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CANADIAN AND U.S. LABOR MOVEMENTS
Larry Savage and Dennis Soron
Labor Studies Journal published 8 December 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10389746v1

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CULTURE AS STRUCTURE IN EMERGING CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS IN RUSSIA
Sarah Busse Spencer
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly published 29 November 2010  
http://nvs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0899764010384140v1

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CANADIAN AUTOWORKERS, THE CLIMATE CRISIS, AND THE CONTRADICTIONS OF SOCIAL
UNIONISM
Derek Hrynyshyn and Stephanie Ross
Labor Studies Journal published 29 November 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10389747v1

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FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION ON THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Spencer Moore
International Journal of Public Health, Vol. 55, Issue 6
http://www.springerlink.com/content/n24kj884563x27q2/fulltext.html

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

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Review of Radical Political Economics

REVIEW OF RADICAL POLITICAL ECONOMICS – VOL.41 NO.4

Review of Radical Political Economics — Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Review of Radical Political Economics has been made available:

1 December 2009; Vol. 41, No. 4 

URL: http://rrp.sagepub.com/content/vol41/issue4/?etoc

Articles

Introduction: The Political Economy of Financialization
Jonathan P. Goldstein
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 453-457
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/453?etoc

Financialization and Marx: Giving Labor and Capital a Financial Makeover, by Dick Bryan, Randy Martin, and Mike Rafferty
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 458-472
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/41/4/458?etoc

From the Gold Standard to the Floating Dollar Standard: An Appraisal in the Light of Marx’s Theory of Money
Ramaa Vasudevan
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 473-491
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/41/4/473?etoc

Post-Keynesian Theories of the Firm under Financialization
Thomas Dallery
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 492-515
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/41/4/492?etoc

Islamic Alternatives to Purely Capitalist Modes of Finance: A Study of Malaysian Banks from 1999 to 2006
Tamer ElGindi, Mona Said, and John William Salevurakis
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 516-538
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/41/4/516?etoc

Financialization and Changes in the Social Relations along Commodity Chains: The Case of Coffee
Susan A. Newman
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 539-559
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/41/4/539?etoc

Book Review Essay: Heterodox Crisis Theory and the Current Global Financial Crisis: The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash Charles, R. Morris; New York: Public Affairs, 2008, 194 pp.,$22.95 (hardback). The Credit Crunch: Housing Bubbles, Globalisation, and the Worldwide Economic Crisis, Graham Turner; London and Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto Press, 2008, 232pp., $27.95 (paperback). The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, George Soros; New York: Public Affairs, 2008, 162 pp.,$22.95 (hardback). Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, Kevin Phillips; New York: Penguin Group, 2008, 239 pp., $25.95 (hardback)
Jonathan P. Goldstein
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 560-569
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/560?etoc

Book Review: Poverty & Inequality: An End to Poverty? A Historical Debate, Gareth Stedman Jones, New York: Columbia University Press, 2005, 288 pp., $29.50 (hardcover). Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and its Poisonous Consequences, James Lardner and David A. Smith, eds., New York: The New Press, 2006, 328 pp., $16.95 (paperback). The Politics of Inequality: A Political History of the Idea of Economic Inequality in America, Michael J. Thompson, New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, 264 pp., $32.50 (hardcover)
Stephen Pimpare
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 570-576
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/41/4/570?etoc

Book Review: Poverty, Work, and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order, David P. Levine and S. Abu Turab Rizvi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 159 pp + bibliography and index. ISBN-13 978-0-521-84826-8 (hardback), ISBN-10 0-521-84826-1; $65 (US) or {pound}40, hardback. (hardback)
Matt Davies
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 577-581
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/577?etoc

Book Review: New Departures in Marxian Theory, Stephen A. Resnick & Richard D. Wolff; Routledge, 2006, 418 pp
Ian J. Seda-Irizarry
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 581-585
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/581?etoc

Book Review: Multinationals on Trial: Foreign Investment Matters, James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer (2007), Aldershot Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, pp159; Price $89.95
Dennis C. Canterbury
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 585-589
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/585?etoc

Book Review: International Migration: Prospects and Policies in a Global Market, Douglas S. Massey and J. Edward Taylor, editors (Oxford University Press, 2004) Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium Douglas S, Massey, Joaquin Arango, Graeme Hugo, Ali Kouaou chi, Adela Pellegrino and J. Edward Taylor (Oxford University Press, 1998)
Marcos T. Aguila
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 589-593
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/589?etoc

Book Review: Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants, By Jorge G. Castaneda. New York: The New Press, 2007. 222 pp. $25.95 hardback
Mary C. King
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 593-596
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/593?etoc

Book Review: Communities Without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration, David Bacon (Forwards by Carlos Munoz Jr. and Douglas Harper), Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press 2006 235pp $29.95. ISBN13 978 0 8014 
7307 4
Richard Leitch
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 596-599
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/596?etoc

Book Review: Rethinking Municipal Privatization, By Oliver D. Cooke New York: Routledge, 2008. Hardcover ISBN 10: 0-415-96209-9
Tom Angotti
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009; 41 599-601
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/599?etoc

Book Review: Solidarity Economy: Building Alternatives for People and 
Planet, Jenna Allard, Carl Davidson, and Julie Matthaei (eds) Chicago, 
ChangeMaker Publications, 2008; 427 pages, 978-0-6151-9489-91 by Len 
Krimerman, GEO Newsletter and Director, Creative Community Building 
Program, University, of Connecticut
Len Krimerman
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009;41 601-603
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/601?etoc

Book Review: Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science 
Threatens Your Health, David Michaels, New York, Oxford University Press, 
2008, pp372, ISBN 978-0-19-530067-3
Joan Greenbaum
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009;41 604-605
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/604?etoc

Book Reviews: Labor-Environmental Coalitions: Lessons from a Louisiana 
Petrochemical Region By Thomas Estabrook. Amityville, NY: Baywood 
Publishing. 2007
J. Timmons Roberts
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009;41 606-607
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/606?etoc

Book Review: Fair Trade: The Challenges of Transforming Globalization, Edited by Laura T. Raynolds, Douglas L. Murray, and John Wilkinson. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-77203-7. $29.95 
Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival, By Daniel Jaffee. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. 331 pp. ISBN: 978-0-520-24959-2. $22.95
Noah H. Enelow
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009;41 608-611
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/608?etoc

Books Received
David Barkin
Review of Radical Political Economics 2009;41 612-618
http://rrp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/41/4/612?etoc

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