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Fall 2012 Assembly of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly (GTWA)

Sunday, September 16, 2012
9:00am until 5:00pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. Toronto, Ontario
Registration required. All members and supporters are encouraged to attend and bring guests. Please register as soon as possible to help us plan. Childcare and lunch provided. Please note your childcare needs upon registering.

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Portraits of Resistance: The Art and Activism of Carol Conde and Karl Beveridge

Tues. Sept. 4, 6:45 p.m.
Bloor Cinema (Bloor and Bathurst)

PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE is an intimate documentary about Conde & Beveridge’s pioneering creative collaboration. It began in New York’s competitive art scene in the 1970’s. Finding themselves in competition with each other, the young married artists abandoned their rising individual careers to save their marriage. Returning to Canada they began working with each other, and with a range of community activists.  Inspired by their wit and visual innovations, PORTRAIT OF RESISTANCE captures the artists as they create provocative staged photographs about the environment, the rights of workers and the current global financial crisis.


ALL RISE! The People’s Court is Convening

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Court House, 361 University Ave., Toronto

Federally, Provincially and Municipally, governments are taking away public services people rely upon. We are all affected by these cuts. On September 15th community groups, labour unions and concerned citizens will be holding a mock trial for these injustices against the people. Come join us in front of the court house at 361 University Avenue, Toronto so your voice and our vision of Canada can be heard.


Book Launch – Social Democracy After the Cold War
edited by Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt

Guest speaker: Leo Panitch

Wednesday September 19th, 6:30pm

CMA Student Lounge
Room 1-003 (7th floor)
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
55 Dundas Street West

Sponsored by the Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University and the Centre for Social Justice



Labour movement must be defender of all workers
by Morna Ballantyne and Steven Staples
from the Guelph Mercury

The Labour Day picnics and parades might be the calm before the storm for the labour movement this fall.

On top of terrible job losses in manufacturing and resource industries, governments in Canada are sharpening their swords, preparing to do battle with the country’s trade unions.

It’s not just unions that should be worried.–labour-movement-must-be-defender-of-all-workers


The Marikana massacre: a turning point?

by Martin Legassick
from Facts for Working People

The massacre of 34, and almost certainly more, striking mineworkers at Marikana (together with more than 80 injured) on 16 August has sent waves of shock and anger across South Africa, rippling around the world. It could prove a decisive turning-point in our country’s post-apartheid history.  A recent report also states that autopsies reveal that most of the workers killed at Marikana were shot in the back. That is, they were escaping. A further blow to the initial police story is that they fired because they were being attacked by an armed mob.


Rethinking Common vs. Private Property

Introduction: Outline of the argument
The purpose of this paper is to suggest a rethinking of the common-versus-private framing of the property rights issue in the Commons Movement.


Auto Manufacturing Workers at a Crossroads
by Marlon Berg, The Bullet

“The place is hot like hell, especially in the summer time at night, bad ventilation, a lot of humidity and of course machines emitting heat doesn’t help,” said ‘Iain’, a temporary worker at an auto parts plant in the Toronto area.

“To top it off I work night shift so there’s the extra stress of not actually functioning like a normal human being. I work for what by most standards are fairly good starting wages but are drastically inferior to the wages of permanent workers. But I’m hardly the hardest done by of the employees that work there; a lot of them have families they never see because we’re given 6-7 days a week. Yes, overtime is paid, but it doesn’t give you much time to do anything else. Theoretically you could turn down the overtime but then you wouldn’t be working there for very long.”

These are typical working conditions for auto parts plant workers in the inner suburbs of Toronto and nearby cities.



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

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