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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd JANUARY 2011

EVENTS

SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE 2010-2011 WORKSHOP SERIES

January: Marketing in Non-Profit and other Social Purpose Organizations with Sharon Wood and Trish Krauss, The Belmont Group

Friday, January 28, 2011
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Room 5-240
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)

Cost: $140 + HST. Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available.
Refreshments, coffee & tea served,  but lunch not provided.

To Register:  Access the online registration form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY65KMM, or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@gmail.com, or 416-978-0022
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FREE SCREENING OF ‘WHY WE FIGHT’

January 7, 2011
7:30 – 9:30pm
Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East, Toronto

You are invited to a free screening of the film, ‘Why We Fight’ – which deals with the concept and escalation of the ‘military-industrial complex,’ generally, and that phenomenon in the U.S. more particularly.

Helping us through discussions of issues associated with this film will be Dr. Peter Langille, PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, Advisor to the UN and other governments about issues of international peacekeeping. Dr. Langille also has authored several books, including Changing the Guard: Canada’s Defence in a World in Transition.

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CONFERENCE –  BUILDING THE WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT

January 29 – 30
Ryerson Student Centre – Oakham House
63 Gould Street, Toronto

The Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (GTWA) is organizing a conference where activists can come together to talk about the attacks on the working-class in every dimension of our lives, reframe the public discussion and launch a united activist network of workers from all sectors, unions and precarious workers, new immigrants and non-unionized workers to mobilize a new kind of working class movement. 

The conference is a chance to come together to build the fight-back we’ve all been waiting for, but which will never happen unless we make it happen. We need a new kind of fighting working-class movement – a movement that builds across workplaces, communities and unions and the non-unionized majority of the working class.

Registrations are now open! Please visit our website for more details and to register: http://www.workersassembly.ca/callout2011.

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SEMINAR – COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN SEX WORK RESEARCH

January 5
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
208N – North House, Munk School, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto

Speaker: Emily van der Meulen (Lupina Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Sponsored by Comparative Program on Health and Society

Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=9330

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WORKSHOP –  PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH USING A SOCIAL ANALYSIS SYSTEMS [SAS2] APPROACH

February 8 – 10, 2011
80 Hayden Street (Bloor and Yonge Streets)
Toronto

Carleton University and PWRDF are pleased to offer a SAS2 Introductory Workshop.

In the workshop you can expect:

* Three days of hands-on learning using Participatory Action Research
* Tools for group-based inquiry and problem-solving
* Time to work on issues and problems that matter to you
* A chance to appreciate and acquire the skills to adapt SAS2 to your context
* Engaging and fun approaches designed to make SAS2 easy to grasp, and even easier to use.

For more information on the workshop click here: http://sas2dialogue.com/SAS2training.html

For information on the SAS2 approach to Participatory Action Research see: http://sas2.net

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NEWS & VIEWS

2011: CALLING TIME ON CAPITALISM

by Richard Wolff, guardian.co.uk

Recent decades have seen a massive redistribution of wealth, imposing the cost of successive crises on the poorest. Enough!

Read more: http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-opinion-section/83-83/4461-2011-calling-time-on-capitalism

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EQUALITY, A TRUE SOUL FOOD

by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

John Steinbeck observed that “a sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”

That insight, now confirmed by epidemiological studies, is worth bearing in mind at a time of such polarizing inequality that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess a greater collective net worth than the bottom 90 percent.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/opinion/02kristof.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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NEW PENSION PLAN JUST ANOTHER LUMP OF COAL

by Ish Theilheimer, Straight Goods

Canada is facing a crisis of seniors’ poverty as millions of Baby Boomers retire from, get forced out of, or simply lose their work. Most privately employed and self-employed Canadians don’t have pensions or adequate savings to retire in security. Adding to the number of seniors in poverty, pensioners from companies like Mitel have seen their pension plans consumed as their companies folded, leaving them with nothing but public benefits.

Read more: http://www.straightgoods.ca/2010/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=1071&Cookies=yes

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ONTARIO ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS CONCERNED ABOUT SEVERE BUDGET CUTS

Ontario’s university libraries appear to be bearing a sizeable share of the cuts as universities grapple with budget cutbacks. A new report, based on a questionnaire sent to Ontario’s academic librarians, describes widespread staffing reductions, neglect of library collections, and delays in technology investments.

“Ontario’s academic librarians are at the forefront of supporting students and faculty in their research and teaching, tending to extensive collections, and introducing new technology advances to keep up with the demands of the digital world,” said Constance Adamson, an academic librarian at Queen’s University and vice-president of Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

Read more: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2010/06/c2731.html

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LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: 2011 PREDICTIONS FROM THE CCPA

by rabble.ca

Happy new year rabble readers! As we round out another decade, thoughts turn to the future, and our partners at the The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have weighed in on the issues facing Canada in the years ahead. They flag the economy, social unrest, drift, democracy, dirty oil and corporate Canada as things to watch in 2011 and beyond.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2011/01/looking-crystal-ball-2011-predictions-ccpa

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PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS AND THE CONSULTATIONS FOR AUSTERITY

by Jordy Cummings and Patrick D. LeGay, The Bullet

Nearly six months have gone since the G20 Summit in Toronto when we supposedly entered what some have referred to as “permanent austerity” – the “new normal” of capitalist social relations. Whilst using the significant resources of the state to inject liquidity into markets and ensure corporate and banking profits, ruling classes simultaneously are cutting public services across the board, imposing user fees and letting public transit rot, and, in the specific case at hand, kicking labour’s ass while convincing the public bureaucracy that there is no alternative.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/446.php

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

Changing the Climate: Ecoliberalism, Green New Dealism, and the Struggle Over Green Jobs in Canada
James Patrick Nugent
Labor Studies Journal published 28 December 2010
http://lsj.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0160449X10392528v1

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“The Very Model of Modern Urban Decay”: Outsiders’ Narratives of Industry and Urban Decline in Gary, Indiana
S. Paul O’Hara
Journal of Urban History published 30 December 2010
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210391613v1

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The Connection Between Latino Ethnic Identity and Adult Experiences
Vasti Torres, Sylvia Martinez, Lisa D. Wallace, Christianne I. Medrano,
Andrea L. Robledo, and Ebelia Hernandez
Adult Education Quarterly published 29 December 2010
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0741713610392765v1

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Occupations, Human Capital and Skills
Alec Levenson and Cindy Zoghi
Journal of Labor Research
Volume 31, Number 4, 365-386
http://www.springerlink.com/content/74h65v565218v535/

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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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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 25th OCTOBER 2010

 EVENTS

NO MORE DEATHS: PEOPLE’S RESISTANCE TO UNDOCUMENTED AND PRECARIOUS WORK

Thursday, November 4
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OPSEU Union Hall
31 Wellesley St. East, Toronto

As migrant workers continue to die, labour activists and community groups must gather together, to reignite a new fight. This is a fight that creates far-reaching changes and challenges the very root of people’s inability to access real safety – immigration status and racism.

Join community groups and labour activists to discuss and demand:

– Moratorium on deportations for all workers with WSIB claims and MOL complaints
– Access to Health and Safety without Fear
– Status for injured workers and their families
– Status for All!

For more info: nooneisillegal@riseup.net

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BUILDING LABOUR RESISTANCE: WINNING STRATEGIES IN DIFFICULT TIMES

Tuesday October 26, 2010
7 to 9 pm
Ryerson Student Centre, Room A/B (Second floor)
63 Gould St. Toronto
One block north of Dundas on the corner of Church St.

Join us for a panel discussion with labour activists from the private and public sector sharing successful strategies to fight back against the challenges working people, communities and labour are facing due to corporate greed, cutbacks and the crisis of capitalism. There will be time for questions and discussions for those in attendance.

Speakers:
– Don Guest, First Vice President Brantford District Labour Council & Organizer for 3 Days of Solidarity Picket for USW 1-500 Striking Workers in Brantford.
– Michael Hurley, President Ontario Council of Hospital Unions & CUPE Ontario 1st Vice-President.
– Representative from Unite Here Local 75.
– Moderator: Ilian Burbano, Co-President CUPE 3393 & Organizer with Latin American Solidarity Network.

This forum is organized by the Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (http://www.workersassembly.ca)

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PREMIERE OF OLIVER STONE’S FILM, “SOUTH OF THE BORDER”
(co-written with Tariq Ali)

Oct 27, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Toronto, ON

There’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know about it. Oliver Stone undertakes a road trip across South America exploring the myths behind the movements leading the cultural, social and political transformation that is sweeping across the continent. As well he delves into the American corporate media’s intentional misrepresentation of South America while interviewing many of its democratically elected presidents.

Watch the trailer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/03/oliver-stone-south-of-the-border-hugo-chavez

For more info: jsharkey@sympatico.ca

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VIDEO: HOW LABOUR IS (PART OF) THE PROBLEM IN BUILDING THE LEFT

Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center.

A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009).

Moderated by John Myles, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls71.php

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11TH ANNUAL CESAR CHAVEZ BLACK EAGLE AWARDS DINNER

November 3, 2010
Ontario Federation of Labour Building
15 Gervais Drive, Toronto
Reception 5:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm
Cash Bar

Hosted by: United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Agricultural Workers Alliance and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation

Award recipients: Paul Cavalluzzo, Olivia Chow, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Kerry Preibisch, Leonel Godoy and Gil McGowan

The award dinner is held in memory of Cesar E. Chavez, who died in 1993, following a lifelong struggle to secure basic human rights and social justice for migrant farm workers. This event continues to be an important fundraiser in support of the AWA, an organization which is dedicated to supporting and providing information and resources to the agriculture and migrant farm workers who toil on Canadian soil.

More info: info@awa-ata.ca or (416) 675-1104 ext. 2244

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NEWS & VIEWS

TEN POINTS IN CANADA’S REAL ECONOMIC UPDATE

by Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

The minister of finance has made his Fall Economic Update. We wanted to hear what he had to say about government spending — but we didn’t. Why? Because the real story is one of austerity.

The federal finance minister promised Canadians a look at what is happening with the economy. On the surface, the job is fairly straightforward. James Flaherty has to say whether the economy is growing, or not; and he has to say what he intends to do about it.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/10/ten-points-canadas-real-economic-update

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THE EVIDENCE FROM THE U.K. IS CLEAR: PRIVATIZATION IS MORE COSTLY

Former British health minister could not be clearer: increased privatization has meant increased costs. Frank Dobson, British MP, was keynote speaker at the CUPE health care sector meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday, October 21.

Read more: http://cupe.ca/health-care/evidence-uk-clear-privatization-costly

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THE PERFECT STORM

by Robert Reich, CommonDreams.org

It’s a perfect storm. And I’m not talking about the impending dangers facing Democrats. I’m talking about the dangers facing our democracy.

First, income in America is now more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years. Almost a quarter of total income generated in the United States is going to the top 1 percent of Americans.

Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/10/19-1

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MICHIGAN BLUES

by Michael Moore

I have a rule of thumb that’s served me well my whole life: whenever corporate executives begin talking about how they support “free markets” and “competition,” check to see if you still have your wallet.

Read more: http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/michigan-blues

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THE LOST SOUL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Author discusses new book on “corporatization, the assault on academic freedom, and the end of the American university.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/10/20/schrecker

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ONLINE JOURNAL ARTICLES

NOT ONLY WIDE OPEN SPACES: URBAN HISTORY AND THE AMERICAN WEST
Anne M. Butler
Journal of Urban History published 21 October 2010, 10.1177/0096144210384251
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/0096144210384251v1

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THE PRACTICE OF DIALOGUE IN CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
Jodi Jan Kaufmann
Adult Education Quarterly 2010;60 456-476
http://aeq.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/60/5/456

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THE COSMOS OF THE PARIS APARTMENT: WORKING-CLASS FAMILY LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
Eliza Ferguson
Journal of Urban History published 18 October 2010, 10.1177/0096144210384247
http://juh.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/0096144210384247v1

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MIND THE GAP: SCHOOL LEAVER ASPIRATIONS AND DELAYED PATHWAYS TO FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
Tom Stehlika
Journal of Education and Work, Volume 23 Issue 4 2010
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a926503481~frm=titlelink
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JOB POSTINGS

LABOUR/COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, TEMPORARY FULL-TIME

The Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Worker’s Assembly is planning a conference at the end of January 2011 to bring together and create a space for working class people to explore strategies and build capacity for resistance and mobilizing to win within our unions, workplaces and our communities. To assist in the planning and coordination we are hiring an organizer for 10 weeks to prepare for the conference and to take on tasks assigned by the Free and Accessible Transit Campaign.

The person will need to have the following skills, experience and abilities:

– demonstrated experience in organizing in labour and/or in the community
– strong communication skills
– experience organizing events, workshops and/or forums
– commitment to the principals of the Worker’s Assembly which include an anti-capitalist perspective and radical anti-oppression politics
– understanding that class expands beyond the organized labour movement
– able to work independently

The organizer will attend Labour Caucus meetings and meetings with the Free and Accessible Transit campaign. The organizer’s daily work will be the responsibility of a subcommittee that includes members of the Labour Caucus and the Transit Campaign and there will be a designated member to support and work with the organizer. The successful individual will be selected through committee in a democratic process. 

Start Date: Flexible with start date from early November to mid November 2010 with an end date in January 2011

Rate of Compensation: $6,000 for 10 weeks – Full Time.

Please submit your interest for this opportunity no later than Saturday October 30, 2010 at 9 am. Please include experience, skills and reasons for wanting to take on this work – resumes, cover letters or other letters of interest are acceptable. 

Email: gtwalabour@gmail.com; Fax: 647-350-4049

For more information about the Workers’ Assembly: http://www.workersassembly.ca

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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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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

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INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF WORK AND EMPLOYABILITY

Announcing the publication of:

Dr Phoebe V. Moore, International Political Economy of Work and Employability, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2010

Global shifts to a knowledge-based economy have led to the semi-proletarianisation of labour and the emergence of a transnational precariat class. It has allowed for the propaganda of the emancipation of labour by way of membership in the creatives club. Workers and the rising unemployed are increasingly expected to become self-managing lifelong learners due to the impact of technological development. Dr Moore conducts a critical investigation of how employment and education policy in three different locations is informed by a dominant view of what should make a person ’employable’ , created by the elite, and then looks for new models for post-capitalist production such as peer to peer communities that can overcome this binding set of rules. The International Political Economy of Work and Employability provides the basis for research into the dramatic impact of global instability on workers such as is seen in the context of the recent recession. 

‘Phoebe Moore makes an important contribution to our understanding of the fundamental changes to International Political Economy over recent years. Her impressive analyses of education policy linked to “employability” as a means of producing forms of subjectivity that sustain neoliberal reforms even against their economic f ailures will be critical tools in the hands of scholars, researchers, organizers and activists. Her case studies underscore the convergences occasioned by neoliberal policies even in the contexts of diverse national and cultural experiences. This book makes a compelling case for bringing work, labour, and production “back in” to the study of International Political Economy.’- Matt Davies, Newcastle University, UK

‘This book provides one of the richest and most systematic comparisons of skills revolutions in three countries in the east and west. Phoebe Moore introduces brilliantly the International Political Economy of Work and Employability into the literature on employability and skills.’- Joohee Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ewha Womans University, Korea

Dr. Phoebe Moore 
Profile: http://www.espach.salford.ac.uk/page/Phoebe_Moore
Editor of Discussion Papers, International Political Economy Group http://bisa-ipeg.org/ipegpapers.htm
Editorial Board Capital and Class http://www.cseweb.org.uk/

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com
Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com