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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 14th AUGUST 2013

EVENTS

MINIMUM WAGE POP-UP STREET PARTY

Wednesday Aug. 14

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Corner of St. Dennis Drive and Deauville Ln.

(29 St. Dennis Drive near Don Mills and Eglinton)

The Workers’ Action Centre would like to invite you to our pop-up street party in the heart of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s riding!!

Food, samba music and games!  Free!

Learn more about the campaign to raise the minimum wage to $14!

Get directions and find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/700797496603975/

 

For more info contact: Sonia Singh, sonia@workersactioncentre.org, (416)

531-0778, ext. 221.

For more info about the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Ontario, click

here: http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/

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ESREA ACCESS, LEARNING CAREERS AND IDENTITIES NETWORK CONFERENCE – TIMES OF CHANGE: THE ROLE OF ADULT EDUCATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS 

Conference: 28 – 30 November, 2013

Linköping University, Sweden

Second & Extended Call for Papers: All abstracts for papers, poster sessions, symposiums and round tables to be submitted by 1 September, 2013.

ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults) is a European scientific society aimed at providing a European-wide forum for all researchers engaged in research focused on the education of adults and adult learning. ESREA promotes research through network meetings, seminars and conferences, a triennial research conference and through publications. (http://www.esrea.org/?l=en)

European societies, and beyond, are currently undergoing a social, economic and political crisis. The ‘crisis’ has had an impact upon adult education at the institutional level in higher education through to community education in terms of cuts and reduced funding in relation to staffing, resources and provision.

This situation reveals a contradiction in lifelong learning policy as education is perceived as the cure for economic problems and increasing economic competitiveness by national governments and the EU. As adults experience turning point moments and transitions in their lives as a result of the crisis many are looking to and accessing learning as a way out of their troubles and a way forward to a better future.

For more information on submitting abstracts or registering for the conference: http://www.liu.se/esrea2013?l=en

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SAVE THE DATE! PUSH BACK, MOVE FORWARD: LEARNING, ORGANISING AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

October 18-19, 2013

Metro Hall

55 John Street, Toronto

A conference for sharing what we know about grassroots organising and learning in our communities.

Sponsored by:

– The Centre for the Study of Education and Work’s Anti-Poverty Community

Organising and Learning project: http://www.apcol.ca

-Toronto Community Development Institute:  http://www.torontocdi.ca

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BUILD YOUR CAPACITY THIS FALL WITH WORKSHOPS FROM THE SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE

 

Fall Workshops:

– Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations – Sept 27 & October 4: Kunle Akingbola

– Strategic Fundraising: Securing the Resources You Need – Oct 11th: Suzanne Gibson

– Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations – Nov 15th: Ricardo Ramirez & Dal Brodhead

 

Winter Workshops:

– Financial Management in Community Organizations – Jan 10th: Eric Plato

– Managing Compensation in Nonprofits – Feb 17th: Kunle Akingbola

– Social Media in Nonprofit Organizations – March 7th: Sherida Ryan

– Marketing in Non-Profit and Other Social Purpose Organizations – March 28th: Trish Krause

– Overcoming the Greatest Threats to Nonprofit Board Effectiveness – April 18th: Ann Armstrong

– Effective Change Management in Nonprofit Organizations – May 30th: Kunle Akingbola

 

For more information please contact the SEC Workshop Coordinator at secworkshops@gmail.com or visit http://www.socialeconomycentre.ca/workshops.

 

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HIGHLANDER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER HOMECOMING 2013

September 21 & 22, 2013

Highlander Research and Education Center

New Market, Tennessee

 

”From the Civil Rights Movement to the Rebuilding of Our Communities and the Next American Revolution”

With guest of honor Grace Lee Boggs, author, activist, and organizer

Join us for a weekend of conversation, workshops, film, music, food, author discussions, celebrations of the 50th anniversary of civil rights milestones, and more!

Visit http://www.highlandercentre.org for details.

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE FUTURE WE DON’T WANT – ILO DISCUSSION ON “GREEN ECONOMY” IS OUT OF STEP WITH MANY UNIONS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

By Maité Llanos, The Bullet

The “green economy” framework pioneered by United Nations Environment

Programme (UNEP), and largely adopted in “The Future We Want” statement issued by heads of state following Rio+20, was very similar in its essence to the draft Report presented by the ILO for the Committee on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs – Report V: Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs.

In Geneva, UNEP’s “green economy” framework was again the starting point for the discussion. Its main premises were the cornerstone Report V document.

These premises were debated during the annual conference: market-based mechanisms, privatization strategies and corporate-led policies, that it is believed will lead to the creation of decent and green jobs. The results of the discussions in the tripartite Committee on Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs (made up of worker, employer and government representatives), now contained in provisional Record 12 of the Committee were much better, in terms of language.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/863.php

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OUR TIMES LABOUR DAY ISSUE SNEAK PREVIEW

In Our Times’ ever-popular Labour Day issue, you’ll find cause for celebration. Read about inspiring young retail workers in Ontario rising up to stop the elimination of their statutory holidays, and hear from an art instructor and first-time negotiator at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, who gives us his frontline perspective on winning a strike. Union retiree Alice West, in Vancouver, shares her memories of growing up union, and feminist, while popular educator Jojo Geronimo launches a discussion about migrant workers and interconnected struggles for justice. Please join us in celebrating Labour Day and workers everywhere.

If you would like to order extra copies of this issue (more than 20) as an education resource for your workshops, conferences or schools, please place your order with our business manager as soon as possible.

Email: office@ourtimes.ca; telephone: 416-703-766, toll free: 1-800-648-6131. Special bulk order prices are available.

http://www.ourtimes.ca

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THE MISSING PIECE: THE FAR-LEFT IN THE WORKPLACE

By David Bush, Rank and File

As the Canadian labour movement stumbles from defeat to defeat in this crisis period it is worth asking why this is the case. What accounts for the trade union movement’s inability to mount an effective political resistance to austerity? Is it the poor and unimaginative leadership? Maybe it is the ossified and inward-looking culture of trade unions? Is it the poor objective conditions of the crisis? Or perhaps it is the culture of docility and defeatism amongst rank and file members resulting from the regular drubbing the working class has taken over past two decades that explains the current state of labour?

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/2013/08/09/missing-piece/

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THREE POPULAR EDUCATION ARTICLES ON LEADERSHIP, FEMINISM AND EQUALITY IN UNIONS IN CANADA

Posted to the website on “Leadership, Feminism and Equality in Unions in Canada” are three popular articles, suitable for union education.

1. “Making Time for Equality: Women as Leaders in the Canadian Labour Movement” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail and Marion Pollack. Our Times (Feb/March 2013).

2. “Under the Rainbow: Equality during Times of Austerity” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail and Marion Pollack. Our Times (April/May 2013).

3. “How to Revitalize Union Women’s Committees: Six Challenges and Six Strategies for Change” by Linda Briskin, Sue Genge, Margaret Mcphail and Marion Pollack. Our Times, June/July 2013.

http://womenunions.apps01.yorku.ca/links/

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THE PRESUMED INNOCENCE OF CAPITALISM AND LAC-MÉGANTIC

By Harry Glasbeek, The Bullet

“If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who creates the darkness.” — Monseigneur Bienvenu in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

It is always the same. First the shock and horror, then the anger. A terrible environmental disaster inflicted by Beyond Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico; a horrendous explosion at Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant; a mine disaster, burying people at Westray in Nova Scotia; a factory building collapsing in Bangladesh; a train’s cargo exploding and incinerating people and the city of Lac-Mégantic.

The reasons for the shock and anger are obvious: the burned bodies, destroyed lives and livelihoods, ravaged environments, disrupted communities, misery all round. And each time, sombre-looking politicians and policy-makers walk around the sites, solemnly promise to learn from the event, assuring the stunned public that they will not let it happen again, that heads will roll if legal justice demands it.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/858.php

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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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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

 

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Faith Agostinone-Wilson

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 7th JULY 2013

EVENTS

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SYRIA?

Friday, July 12
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St, Toronto (walking distance from Bathurst subway station)
Free admission

A public forum on the nature of the Syrian government and the opposition, and on the aims of world powers and regional countries in Syria.

Speakers:
Elias Asad is a Syrian-Canadian and a member of the Communist Party of Canada.
Ali Mustafa is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and photographer who has recently returned from Syria.

Organized by Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly

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WORKSHOP – ACTIVE HOPE: HOW TO FACE THE NUCLEAR AND CLIMATE MESS WE’RE IN WITHOUT GOING CRAZY

Monday July 8
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Please arrive at 6:15 to begin at 6:30 sharp.
Friends House, 60 Lowther, Toronto (St. George subway)
Suggested donation: $2 – 20 (sliding scale) 

This workshop is designed to help us in this time of planetary emergency and the resulting overwhelm and despair that many of us feel. Join us for an evening of dialogue and experiential exercises based on teachings and practices developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy and colleagues. You will come away with a sense of the bigger picture and a context for action.

Facilitator: Natalie Zend, M.A., CTDP is a training and facilitation consultant with 14 years’ experience in international development and human rights. She is a member of the Work that Reconnects Facilitators Network and offers the Awakening the Dreamer symposium, compassionate communication, Open Space and other social technologies internationally and in her local community of Toronto.

Contact: angela@cleanairalliance.org

For more info on the Work that Reconnects: http://workthatreconnects.org/

Sponsored by: Greenspiration, Toronto Climate Action Network, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Voice of Women for Peace, PeaceWorks

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HAS THE GIANT AWOKEN? UNDERSTANDING THE MASS PROTEST MOVEMENT IN BRAZIL

Thursday, July 11
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St, Toronto (walking distance from Bathurst subway station)
Free admission

Brazil is currently witnessing the largest mass protests to hit the country in over 20 years. Originally organized by the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paulo against a planned 10 cent public transit fare hike, the protests quickly spread to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and other major cities across the country. At its peak, over 1 million people in over 100 Brazilian cities took to the streets to protest a long list of grievances ranging from political corruption to human rights abuses to World Cup spending.

Who exactly are the protesters taking to the streets? What are the root grievances they want addressed? Why has Brazil erupted now?

Join us for a public forum with four Brazilian activists who will share their perspectives about this exciting moment in Brazilian history.

Speakers:
Mariana Faraz Duarte is a community development and health practitioner concerned with social justice and participatory decision-making mechanisms. She is doing her PhD in Public Health at University of Toronto.
Rubem Silva is a youth activist involved in housing and students’ social movements in Brazil. Currently, he is doing an exchange program in Public Health and Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto.

*We will also hear (via Skype) from two activists in Rio de Janeiro who are involved in the protest movement on the ground.

Endorsed by: Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Centre for Social Justice, Toronto New Socialists, Socialist Project, Socialist Action

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THEATRE, PEDAGOGY AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY: BOOK LAUNCH AND PLAY READING

Friday July 12
7:00-9:00pm
Aluna Theatre studio
1 Wiltshire Ave. Unit 123, Toronto

Aluna Theatre in partnership with Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO) is pleased to invite the public to the book launch of Como Integrar Artes Escénicas y Ciencias Sociales en el Aula / How to Integrate Scenic Arts and Social Sciences in the Classroom: A Pedagogic Experience Based on Historic Memory, written by Jorge Arcila.

The event will also feature a reading and bilingual (English/Spanish) performance of “Real Mother” a scene from the play Harriet’s House/La Casa de Harriet, by Tara Goldstein. Harriet’s House is a play about love, loss, and adoption in a Canadian lesbian family.

The book, “How to Integrate Scenic Arts and Social Sciences in the Classroom” analyzes the research journey of a group of 16 teenagers who collectively explored historical memory through practices of process drama.

Jorge Arcila holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Political Studies from La Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. Tara Goldstein is a professor at the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto.

This event is dedicated to the memory of OISE/UT Professor Roger Simon and Arlan Londono, Colombian artist, curator and scholar who recently passed away.

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SEMINAR:  ABLEISM AND THE QUESTION OF THE HUMAN

Tuesday, July 30
1:00-5:00 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway), Toronto
5th Floor, Room 5-280

This conversation promises to provoke questions regarding the meaning of “human” that can be revealed in everyday assumptions of ability. How, for example, do medical, legal, or educational forms of engaging those who are typically excluded do more than confirm the normative order of ableism or, worse, reproducing human degradation?

This free, public, accessible seminar brings us together with Drs. Dan Goodley from Sheffield University, UK; James Overboe, Waterloo University; Anne McGuire, New College, University Toronto along with Rinaldo Walcott and Tanya Titchkosky from OISE with Lead Discussant Dr Kirsty Liddiard, Post-Doc fellow from Ryerson University.

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NEWS & VIEWS

REFORM REKINDLED

By Mark Brenner, Labor Notes

The sight of tens of thousands of striking teachers and their allies marching through the streets of Chicago last fall had a back-story, a little-discussed trend in organized labor—reform movements.

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/06/reform-rekindled

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LABOUR IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA AND CANCER

By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson, The Bullet

A recent book, The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills, makes the reasonable point that, “the price of austerity can be measured in human lives.” Austerity programs have obvious negative impacts on well being when public health programs are cut but it also creates poor health in less obvious ways through the stress of a labour market involving high unemployment and a decimated safety net. A quick glance at the history of the United States can help demonstrate that it is not only recent austerity programs that kill but, rather, that when economic policies favour the business community, death and disease will follow. In fact, a reasonable case could be made that ill health and early death are more a result of economics and politics than germs and genes.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/845.php

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SHORTAGE OF PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS IN ONTARIO HOME CARE FEARED

By Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun

TORONTO – For 28 years Millie Hickson has risen at 4 a.m.

She dresses in her scrubs and gets into her truck and hits the road. She visits her first client at 6 a.m.

Millie is a personal support worker, the glue that holds Ontario’s troubled home care system together. She will spend the next 10 hours bouncing from client-to-client.

But Millie says there is never enough time. Not for anyone.

Read more: http://www.torontosun.com/2013/06/29/shortage-of-personal-support-workers-in-ontario-home-care-feared

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NEW REPORT – IT ALL BEGINS WITH SPACE: MAXIMIZING USE OF PUBLIC ASSETS FOR ENGAGED AND HEALTHIER NEIGHBOURHOODS

The SPACE Coalition and Social Planning Toronto present new research on the importance of having access to safe places for youth (and all residents) to gather and play.

Access to space connects the pieces with regard to human development from 0 to 20 years old (and beyond). When you provide the space for children and youth to learn, play and build their resilience you provide the space for them to grow into Toronto’s healthy, self-reliant, dynamic leaders of tomorrow. Much has been accomplished through the provision of community use policies and programs. However, many barriers to accessing space still exist and service provision remains a patchwork, unable to meet complex neighbourhood needs due to escalating costs and an overall lack of space in neighbourhoods that need it most. The report release coincides with that of the City of Toronto’s Toronto Youth Equity Framework, which also notes that the provision of space is central to meeting the needs of Toronto’s youth.

Read the report: http://spacecoalition.ca/wp-content/uploads/Toronto-Report-Final5.pdf

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THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE STANDARDIZED

By Owen Davis, Waging Nonviolence

The ground under education reform is beginning to shift. Families, chafing under years of state and mayoral control, are demanding a return to democratic processes. There’s the feeling of something lurching under the public education system, and with it our understanding of how resistance should look in the years to come. As high school students take to the streets, unions must do the same or fade into irrelevance.

Read more: http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/the-revolution-will-not-be-standardized/

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VIDEO: DEMOCRACY AGAINST CAPITALISM

From LeftStreamed

Toronto — 24 June 2013.

A presentation by Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy – A Marxist Interpretation.

Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. He is the author of Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935 (Cengage, 2005) and The History of Democracy — A Marxist Interpretation (Pluto Press, 2012). He maintains a blog at http://briansroper.blogspot.ca

Moderated by David McNally.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls181.php

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HOW ONE CITY’S GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS DID THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ AND PUSHED BACK THE POLITICIANS’ AUSTERITY AGENDA

By Mark Vorpahl, Alternet

On June 20, Oregon’s Portland City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget that had been one of the most grassroots-contested examples of austerity in recent memory.

Weeks earlier, in a vote to approve the framework of this budget on May 29, the City Council’s long-maintained show of consensus was broken when Commissioner Amanda Fritz voted “No.” (More on her vote later). However, by the final budget vote last Thursday she had been compelled to change her mind.

So what worked in Portland to move things towards a better outcome? For starters, Mayor Hales and the City Council’s pursuit of austerity was met with a public outpouring of opposition at public budget hearings. The resistance culminated on April 11 when over 400 protesting participants surprised the City Council and overwhelmed their staff.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/activism/portlands-austerity-resistance-movement-sparks-changes-city

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JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

LABOUR BEAT REPORTER, RABBLE.CA

In partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers union, rabble.ca is pleased to announce our second annual Labour Beat Co-op Placement. The placement will provide the successful candidate with unique opportunities to develop a grounding for reporting on national labour issues. The internship will involve access to meetings, conferences, media briefings and interviews with leaders in the labour movement, and may include shadowing rabble’s Parliament Hill reporter to committees and scrums.

Applications for the Labour Beat reporter are due July 23rd and the position is for 12 hours a week for 26 weeks. This is a paid internship, sponsored by the Canadian Auto Workers.

For more info and to apply: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabble-staff/2013/07/announcing-co-op-placement-opportunity-labour-beat-reporter

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FRENCH-LANGUAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANIMATOR(S), FOODSHARE

FoodShare Toronto is seeking one full-time, or two part-time, French Language Community Development Animator(s) to implement the community development work plan of the Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition, made up of Toronto Public Health, the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Conseil scolair Viamonde, Toronto Foundation for Student Success, the Angel Foundation for Learning, FoodShare Toronto, and St. Felix Centre. The Community Development Animators are promoters of healthy eating in the school and community environments, with a strong understanding of student and youth nutrition programs. They establish new and support existing sustainable student nutrition programs through community development and engagement.

For more info and to apply: http://www.foodshare.net/careers#animator

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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

Global Economic Crisis

Global Economic Crisis

 

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 2nd APRIL 2013

EVENTS

SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE WORKSHOP – STRATEGIC FUNDRAISING: SECURING THE RESOURCES YOU NEED

Friday, Apr 5, 2013
9:30 – 4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

This dynamic and interactive one-day session for staff and volunteers working in the non-profit sector focuses on “doing the right things right.”

Instructor: Suzanne Gibson, Suzanne Gibson & Associates

By the end of the workshop, you will:
– have a practical planning tool to determine the most successful and effective fundraising and resource development techniques for your organization
– understand key fundraising markets and techniques
– gain expertise in such key fund development techniques as grant seeking, individual giving, and special events
– secure practical, hands-on tips, tools and materials as well as a resource kit to help you achieve your goals
– be armed with ideas that you can implement quickly and cost efficiently!

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 is $50 + HST. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at  416-978-0022

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: RAINBOW HEALTH ONTARIO 2014 CONFERENCE

The Rainbow Health Ontario 2014 Conference: Creating Change Together will take place at the Hilton Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 5-7, 2014. The biennial Rainbow Health Ontario Conference is the only conference in Canada focused on the health and wellness of LGBT communities.

The RHO 2014 Conference theme “Creating Change Together” recognizes the ground-breaking work that is taking place and also highlights the need for further system-wide change. The conference draws leaders from academic, practice and community sectors to share new scientific knowledge, evolving models of clinical service, relevant policy tools and grass-roots innovations.

All submissions must be received no later than May 31, 2013. For more information and to submit a proposal, please click here: http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/conference/callforproposals.cfm

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APRIL 2013 – LACSN SOLIDARITY MONTH

April is the Latin America & Caribbean Solidarity Month!! We intend to honour the life and achievements of President Hugo Chavez in reflecting on and building the themes for this year which are peace, justice and solidarity.

Through collective reflection, discussion, debate and critical engagement, events may explore creative alternatives to the dominant global economic and political paradigms. Together, we will create safe spaces to reflect on the nature of our relationships and our communities and re-work our notions of peace, justice and solidarity here on Turtle Island and in other parts of the Global South.

Read more: http://lacsn.weebly.com/events–eventos.html

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WRITING ACROSS BORDERS – AN INTERNATIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE

June 1, 2013
Empire State College, Harry Van Arsdale School of Labor Studies
325 Hudson Street (entrance on Van Dam Street), NYC

At a time of unprecedented migration, when families are divided and communities shattered, writers can provide a vital historical record, a public voice of protest at social injustice and a healing balm.

Writers are able to bridge the gaps among communities through depicting the experiences of diverse people that often prove to be more similar than different, while, at the same time, attempting to fight widespread injustices of forced deportation and economic migration.

Conference fee: $30.00

For more info and to register: http://www.nwuny.org/

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BOOK LAUNCH: ‘THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY: HOW TO STOP THE TAX CUT SCAM AND SAVE CANADA’

Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Octopus Books/Under One Roof
251 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

Join authors and organizers for the launch of The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada (http://www.btlbooks.com/book/the-great-revenue-robbery)

Edited by Richard Swift for the Canadians for Tax Fairness (http://www.taxfairness.ca/)

Online media sponsor: rabble.ca

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NEWS & VIEWS

BUILD YOUR OWN FEDERAL BUDGET

From Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

What did you think of the government’s “Economic Action Plan?” If you were finance minister, what would your budget look like? Take our budget calculator for a spin and select the programs you think are important to building a better Canada. When you’ve built your budget, be sure to share it online.

Build a better budget here! http://www.policyalternatives.ca/BuildABetterBudget.htm

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CFLR (CANADIAN FOUNDATION FOR LABOUR RIGHTS) RELEASES NEW REPORT CONNECTING REGRESSIVE LABOUR LAWS TO RISING INCOME INEQUALITY

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) released a new research report today which shows that regressive labour laws in Canada have reduced unionization rates which in turn has led to increasing income inequality.

“There is a clear divergence over the years between Canadian union coverage and income inequality,” the paper argues.

Read more: http://www.nupge.ca/content/5706/cflr-releases-new-report

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MAKING THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION AT AIR CANADA

By Amanda Moravec, rankandfile.ca

Pension plan solvency deficiencies – the hole that opens up when there aren’t enough assets to cover liabilities if the plan winds up – are vexing public and private-sector pensions. That fraction of workers fortunate enough to have a defined-benefit (DB) pension plan is facing a toxic mix of volatile returns, extremely low interest rates (which raise the cost of pension benefits), and all too frequently, a legacy of employer contribution ‘holidays’ or underfunding when pension fund returns were high. Typically, when liabilities outweigh the assets in the plan, employers are expected to make up the difference. Increasingly, though, employers are using the difficult environment to force radical changes to pension plans. And governments aren’t helping.

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/?p=722

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MARX’S REVENGE: HOW CLASS STRUGGLE IS SHAPING THE WORLD

By Michael Schuman, Time.com

Karl Marx was supposed to be dead and buried. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and China’s Great Leap Forward into capitalism, communism faded into the quaint backdrop of James Bond movies or the deviant mantra of Kim Jong Un. ..The far-reaching power of globalization, linking the most remote corners of the planet in lucrative bonds of finance, outsourcing and “borderless” manufacturing, offered everybody from Silicon Valley tech gurus to Chinese farm girls ample opportunities to get rich. Asia in the latter decades of the 20th century witnessed perhaps the most remarkable record of poverty alleviation in human history — all thanks to the very capitalist tools of trade, entrepreneurship and foreign investment. Capitalism appeared to be fulfilling its promise — to uplift everyone to new heights of wealth and welfare.

Or so we thought. With the global economy in a protracted crisis, and workers around the world burdened by joblessness, debt and stagnant incomes, Marx’s biting critique of capitalism — that the system is inherently unjust and self-destructive — cannot be so easily dismissed.

Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/03/25/marxs-revenge-how-class-struggle-is-shaping-the-world/

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S.A.M.E. (STUDENTS AGAINST MIGRANT EXPLOITATION) YOUTH TOUR SWEEPS ONTARIO

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release

The first week of the S.A.M.E. Tour 2013 across Ontario was a huge hit with thousands of students.  The tour was launched on March 18, and coincided with Migrant Worker Awareness Week. Continuing through the week, ten S.A.M.E. (Students Against Migrant Exploitation) youth volunteers hosted awareness-raising seminars, videos, musical performances, and in-classroom projects to engage students about the challenges and hardships faced by migrant workers in Canada.

The first week of the tour took the S.A.M.E. message to students at campuses across southern Ontario including the University of Guelph, Brock University, Queen’s University, York, McMaster University, George Brown College, Sheridan College, as well as at a number of elementary and secondary schools.

To find out more about S.A.M.E., or how you and your school can get involved in this student leadership initiative, check out http://www.thesame.ca

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A LIVING WAGE AND A SAFE WORKPLACE FOR PORTER WORKERS

Porter workers have been on strike for months to improve their near-poverty wages and for a safe workplace (a workplace that the airline’s customers should want to be as safe as possible).  By taking just a few seconds out of your day this morning as you get ready for work you can tell Porter to get back to the table and you can tell the striking COPE members that they have your solidarity.

Just go here: http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1737

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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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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 23rd FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

AVOIDING ACTIVIST BURNOUT

with Angela Bischoff, Greenspiration and Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
OISE, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West

This workshop aims to break down the stigma surrounding activist burnout, offer some constructive solutions for how to get back from the brink of burnout, and tips how to prevent it in yourself and members of your group.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4652339272/eorg

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – CO-OP ENTERPRISE: A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING BUSINESS

Friday, Mar 1, 2013
9:30 – 4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station).

Instructor: Peter Cameron – Co-Operative Development Manager, ON CO-OP

With 1,300 co-operatives operating across the province, the co-op sector represents $30 billion in assets and employs 15,500 people in 400 communities across Ontario.  The co-operative business model has a proven track record for creating and retaining jobs nationally and internationally.

Join us to find out about:
– Different types of co-ops
– Differences between co-ops, private corporations and non-profits
– How to incorporate a co-operative
– Benefits and Challenges of co-ops forms
– Survival rate of co-ops compared to other business
– Sector opportunities for co-op development
– Raising capital using an Offering Statement

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, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at 416-978-0022

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ADULT LEARNING JOURNAL – CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS & CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUES

Adult Learning is a practitioner-oriented journal sponsored by the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) and published by SAGE. The journal publishes empirical research and conceptual papers for researchers and practitioners that approach practice issues with a problem-solving emphasis.  The audience includes those who design, manage, teach, and evaluate programs of adult and continuing education.  
http://alx.sagepub.com/

Refereed articles:  The editors are very interested in publishing empirical research and conceptual papers and are actively soliciting manuscripts of 4,000-4,500 words.  Submit manuscripts to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/al and inquiries to the Editor, Mary Alfred, at adultlearning@tamu.edu

Special issues:  The editors welcome your suggestions for special issues.
Past special issues are varied and include workforce education, mentoring, older adult learners, adult literacy, staff development, adult learners with disabilities, instructional technology, intercultural education, learning to learn, and the philosophy of adult education. Special issue editors work with authors on the content and form of manuscripts. Submit special issue inquiries and proposals to the Editor, Mary Alfred, at adultlearning@tamu.edu

Questions? Contact us at adultlearning@tamu.edu

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TAKE ACTION ON BUDGET 2013! 25 IN 5 NETWORK FOR POVERTY REDUCTION

Urge our political leaders to allow low-income Ontarians to Earn More, Keep More and have benefits Restored! 

Ontario is facing an historic opportunity to invest in poverty reduction efforts in the 2013 provincial budget.

The 25in5 Network for Poverty Reduction is urging all Ontario’s political parties to make minority government work for low-income Ontarians – by allowing people to earn more from employment, keep more assets and child support payments while simultaneously restoring the benefits that have been frozen or eliminated over time.

All political parties have made social assistance reform and poverty reduction efforts a priority in this year’s budget. Reducing and eliminating poverty requires government to remove the barriers that trap people in poverty in our province.

You can show your support by sending an e-postcard to Ontario’s political leaders, and by visiting 25in5’s information pages to learn more.
 
Find out more about the 25in5 recommendations for budget 2013: http://25in5.ca/earnmorekeepmorerestore/

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PRESENTATION: LOVE AND ANARCHISM
Leon Malmed, a Lover of Emma Goldman: His Letters and the Intimate Side of Anarchist Revolutionaries

Tuesday 26 February 2013
7-9 p.m.
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham Street
Bathurst subway stop

$5 suggested donation

The lively political and personal worlds of early 20th century anarchists come to life by researcher Debbie Rose. She focuses on a fascinating collection of more than a thousand letters and postcards belonging to her great-great uncle Leon Malmed of Albany, New York who was one of the followers and lovers of the high profile activist, feminist pioneer and writer-lecturer Emma Goldman.

The presentation provides a glimpse into the development of a young man’s thoughts and feelings as he responds to the political climate of his time to become an outspoken proponent of anarchist philosophy. Later, as he travels with Emma Goldman on a speaking tour across North America, the letters reveal the tension between Malmed and his wife over his anarchist activities and his intimate relationship with Goldman who, banned from the U.S., spent her last years in Toronto. Debbie is working with translators to bring the correspondence in Yiddish into a larger public realm.

Sue Goldstein, a local activist and organizer, will introduce the talk.

Co-sponsored by The United Jewish People’s Order -Toronto and Beit Zatoun.
For more information: info@beitzatoun.org or info@winchevskycentre.org

The United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) is an independent, socialist-oriented, secular cultural and educational organization with branches in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, and members in Montreal and other Canadian centres.

Beit Zatoun is a cultural centre, gallery and community meeting space that promotes the interplay of art, culture and politics to explore issues of social justice and human rights, both locally and internationally.

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ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR CALLOUT – SUPPORT STRIKING PORTER AIRPORT WORKERS

Thursday February 28, 2013
4:00 p.m
Billy Bishop Airport
Queens Quay and Bathurst Street, Toronto
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These workers, members of COPE local 343, are fighting for their first contract.

Striking for safe working conditions & a living wage.

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DISPATCHES FROM THE GLOBAL LABOUR MOVEMENT WINTER 2013 SPEAKER SERIES – WORKERS IN A DISCRIMINATORY WORLD: BUILDING UNIONS IN INDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Monday, February 25th
2:30-4:30pm
Ross Bldg. S674 (Verney Room)
York University, Toronto

with Gautam Mody, Secretary,New Trade Union Initiative, New Delhi

A collaboration of:
– Centre for Research on Work & Society
– Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy
– Work & Labour Studies Program, LAPS
– Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work

Co-sponsors:
– Department of Political Science, LAPS
– Department of Social Science, LAPS
– Department of Sociology, LAPS

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NEWS & VIEWS

STRIKE SOLIDARITY IN TORONTO AND ANTIGONISH

From rankandfile.ca

Twenty-two Porter Airlines fuel technicians have been on strike in Toronto since January 10, while the St. Francis Xavier university teachers have been on strike since January 28. The Porter workers are represented by COPE local 343 and the teachers by the St.FX Association of University Teachers.

The striking workers at Porter have been getting picket line support. The fuel technicians are striking for better wages (average annual salaries are only $28,000) and, critically, improving health in safety in what is described as “atrocious working conditions.” They are also calling upon all supporters NOT to fly Porter Airlines.

Meanwhile, posts on Facebook and Twitter report inspiring acts of solidarity by other workers in Antigonish. The building trades unions have refused to cross picket lines, leaving a campus construction site idle. Postal workers also refused to cross one picket line to deliver the Globe and Mail and Chronicle Herald newspapers.

With these strikes and solidarity actions, as with any other, Rankandfile.ca welcomes readers to send in reports for publication.

You can contact us at admin@rankandfile.ca

For more info on the Porter strike: http://copeontario.ca/news/porter-strike/

For more info on the Antigonish strike: http://www.http://stfxaut.ca/

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FINANCING LONG-TERM CARE: MORE MONEY IN THE MIX

By Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy

This paper argues that new financing is required over and above existing sources of revenue to support home care and long-term care now and in

future.  A robust system of home care and long-term care will necessarily involve improvements to and efficiencies within the existing health care system. But innovations to the acute care side of the equation will resolve only part of the financing challenge for long-term care.  The community components of health care need more money if they are to meet current and future demands – in both quality and quantity of service.

The financing options proposed in this paper include public insurance, individual savings accounts and new fiscal arrangements, such as tax-assisted incentives or special loan arrangements.  All the proposals require further study in order to determine their cost implications and administrative feasibility.  The purpose of putting forward these options is to contribute to the financing conversation, which itself is in desperate need of enrichment.

Read the paper: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/1006ENG.pdf

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CONTRARIAN COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY: A REVIEW OF RICHARD SEYMOUR’S “UNHITCHED: THE TRIAL OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS”

By Jordy Cummings, Basics News

Richard Seymour’s  “Unhitched”, a slim and scathing denunciation of turncoat scoundrel Christopher Hitchens is a thoroughly satisfying and politically important book by one of the few remaining great radical left journalists. I have to hand it to Seymour – this book was a cathartic read.  No one uses words like “yawp”, let alone carefully modulated jazz-like prose, end a subsection with a cacophony of righteous snark, veer over to an allegory, and then back to yawping.  No one that is, but Richard “Lenin’s Tomb” (http://www.leninology.com) Seymour.

Read more: http://basicsnews.ca/2013/01/contrarian-counterrevolutionary-a-review-richard-seymours-unhitched-the-trial-of-christopher-hitchens/

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HYATT HURTS! BULLYING LGBTQ CUSTOMERS MUST STOP!

Hyatt is at it again. Last week The Funders for LGBTQ Issues pulled their conference from a Hyatt hotel in New Mexico, but now Hyatt wants to charge them a $40,000 penalty, far more than the retreat was originally going to cost.

Tell Hyatt to stop intimidating LGBTQ customers who want to honor the boycott!

Hyatt is one of the biggest corporate bullies around, so this kind of behavior is nothing new. You’ve seen so time and

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again as Hyatt workers across the country stand up for themselves and are challenged at every turn.

The only thing that’s different now is that Hyatt isn’t content to silence workers who speak out against its unfair practices, it’s targeting consumers. We need to come together now and show Hyatt that it can’t escape criticism by bullying people who speak out.

Click here to tell Hyatt to drop this ludicrous fine, today! : http://action.sumofus.org/a/hyatt-lgbt/?sub=uh

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CANADIANS GIVING UP ON THE WORLD OF WORK

By Jim Stanford, rabble.ca

The glaring contrast between employment numbers, and the unemployment rate, was highlighted by last week’s labour force numbers from Statistics Canada (capably dissected elsewhere on this blog by Angella MacEwan).

Paid employment (i.e. employees) declined by 46,000. Total employment (including self-employment) fell by 22,000. Yet the unemployment rate fell to 7 per cent — its lowest level since late 2008.

Fewer people were working, yet the unemployment rate declined. What gives?

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2013/02/canadians-giving-world-work

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MAKING THE WHOLE CITY YOUR BARGAINING COMMITTEE

By Barb Kucera, Labor Notes
    
Union-led protests starting next Monday in the Twin Cities are aimed at powerful companies, Target, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo, not just the union’s own employers.  

Read more: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/02/making-whole-city-your-bargaining-committee

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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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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Education for Sale? Times Higher Education report on a debate featuring Glenn Rikowski: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=422702&c=1

 

Details of the ‘Education for Sale?’ debate: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/education-for-sale/  

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 5th FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

GLOBAL LABOUR SPEAKERS SERIES, WINTER 2013: NURSING LABOUR PROCESS AND THE DEMAND FOR TEMPORARY FOREIGN NURSES IN NORTH AMERICA

Tuesday, February 5th
York University, Toronto
Ross Bldg., S701
2:30-4:30pm

Speaker: Salimah Valiani, Economist and Policy Analyst, Ontario Nurses’ Association

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE WORKSHOP – LEGAL ISSUES FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Friday, Feb. 15
9:30-4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)

Instructor: Brian Iler, Iler & Campbell

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.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at: secworkshops@gmail.com or at  416-978-0022

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CONFERENCE – BRIDGING EAST WITH WEST: ENGAGING DIALOGUE IN ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Call for Papers and Presentations

The Fifth Asian Diaspora Pre-Conference
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
May 30, 2013

The Fifth Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-conference, in conjunction with 2013 Annual Adult Education Research Conference, will be held at University of Missouri-St. Louis on May 30, 2013. This year’s theme is: Bridging East with West: Engaging Dialogue in Adult Education Research and Practice in the Global Context. The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide an opportunity in which individuals from both Asian ancestry and internationally can engage in dialogue about Eastern and Western perspectives on issues, concerns, and problems relevant to the adult education research and practice in the global context. This is an annual conference (now being restored from the 4th one held in 2008) that offers a forum for faculty and graduate students who are interested in researching, contributing to and learning about East and West to present their scholarship and research.

For more information:
Qi Sun, Associate Professor,
Adult and Postsecondary Education Program
Professional Studies Department
College of Education
University of Wyoming
Email: qsun@uwyo.edu
Tel: (307) 766-5517    

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE RISE OF THE PERMANENT TEMP ECONOMY

by Erin Hatton, New York Times

Politicians across the political spectrum herald “job creation,” but frightfully few of them talk about what kinds of jobs are being created. Yet this clearly matters: According to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working but do not earn enough to support themselves and their families.

Read more: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/the-rise-of-the-permanent-temp-economy/?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

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IN WALMART AND FAST FOOD, UNIONS SCALING UP A STRIKE-FIRST STRATEGY

by Jenny Brown, The Bullet

Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labour movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically.

What’s the strategy behind the latest surprising wave of activism? Like most new organizing in the private sector, decades of attempts to unionize Walmart stores in the U.S. and Canada have been met with firings, outsourcing, and even closings.

So retail workers who staff the stores, warehouse workers who move Walmart’s goods, and even guest workers who peel crawfish for a supplier are ignoring the path laid out by U.S. labour law, in which workers sign a petition asking to vote on a union. Instead, they’re exercising their rights to redress grievances together, whether a majority can be rallied to support the effort or not.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/766.php

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ONTARIO ELEMENTARY TEACHERS CAN STRIKE WITH REPEAL OF BILL 115, THEIR LAWYER ARGUES

by Caroline Alphonso and Kate Hammer, Globe and Mail

There’s nothing stopping Ontario’s elementary teachers from going on strike now that a controversial piece of legislation has been repealed, according to lawyers for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

Speaking before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, ETFO lawyer Howard Goldblatt, said now that the provincial government repealed Bill 115 – the legislation that imposed the terms of teachers’ contracts – negotiations can resume and the union is in a legal strike position.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-elementary-teachers-free-to-strike-with-repeal-of-bill-115-their-lawyer-argues/article7855973/

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UNION DENSITY: WHAT’S LITERATURE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

by Nick Coles, Working-Class Perspectives

So union density in United States has declined yet again. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.3% of American workers now belong to unions…In times like these, it is useful to be reminded of what unions can be good for.  A labor history like From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend (2001) explains in readable style what it took to establish unions in the first place, while New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse makes clear in The Big Squeeze: Hard Times for the American Worker (2008) why we need them now more than ever. Novels, too, can make the case for working people’s rights, through compelling fictional narratives that engage us with characters we care about. 

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/union-density-whats-literature-got-to-do-with-it/

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SENSE PUBLISHERS SERIES SPOTLIGHT – THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY AND EDUCATION

Series Editors:

– D.W. Livingstone, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
– David Guile, Faculty of Policy and Society, Institute of Education, University of London

The aim of this series is to provide a focus for writers and readers interested in exploring the relation between the knowledge economy and education or an aspect of that relation, for example, vocational and professional education theorised critically.

The series includes the following books that were generated by the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) completed WALL project (http://www.wallnetwork.ca).

The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work: Critical Perspectives, Peter Sawchuk (University of Toronto, Canada), D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and Kiran Mirchandani OISE/University of Toronto, Canada) (Eds.)

Challenging Transitions in Learning and Work: Reflections on Policy and Practice, Peter Sawchuk (University of Toronto, Canada) and Alison Taylor (University of Alberta, Canada) (Eds.)

The Learning Challenge of the Knowledge Economy David Guile (University of London, UK)

The Knowledge Economy and Lifelong Learning: A Critical Reader, D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and David Guile (University of London, UK) (Eds.)

Teacher Learning and Power in the Knowledge Society, Rosemary Clark (Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Canada), D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and Harry Smaller (York University, Canada) (Eds.)

For more information: https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/the-knowledge-economy-and-education/

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JOBS

JOB POSTING – EDITOR/PUBLISHER, BRIARPATCH MAGAZINE

Are you passionate about independent media and social change? Are you a talented communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to take the reins of a respected Canadian magazine?

Briarpatch seeks a crackerjack Editor/Publisher to jointly oversee all aspects of producing a bi-monthly magazine. As one of two full-time staff in a horizontal, unionized workplace, the successful candidate and the current Editor/Publisher will be jointly responsible for dividing core editorial, organizational, and administrative tasks, and will report directly to a volunteer board of directors. How these tasks are divided will depend on the skills, experience, and interests of the successful candidate.

Application deadline is February 25, 2013.

For more information: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/job-posting-editor-publisher1

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HEQCO (HIGHER EDUCATION QUALITY COUNCIL OF ONTARIO) – SUMMER INTERN

HEQCO seeks skilled policy/education/social science students or graduates to join our small and dynamic research team. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help you enhance and develop knowledge and skills that will be useful for your career success; familiarize you with the opportunities that exist for careers in public policy research; and provide you with extensive knowledge in higher education and the post-secondary sector in Ontario. At the end of this opportunity you should be well placed to advance in your career.

As the Summer Research Intern, you will be involved in a number of research activities, in particular on a research project of your choice with a senior research member where you will be exposed to a variety of research techniques and problems in public policy research.

For more information: http://www.heqco.ca/en-CA/About%20Us/Career_Opportunities/Pages/Home.aspx

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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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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 16th DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

12 DAYS OF ACTION TO STOP WAGE THEFT!

This holiday season the Workers’ Action Centre needs you to take action to stop wage theft.

Starting this week, we will profile 12 stories highlighting wage theft.
Please join us every day – we only need a minute or two of your time.

To find out more: http://www.workersactioncentre.org/12-days-of-action/

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RALLY FOR RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY

Protest at the at the Ontario Liberal Convention
1:00 pm
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rally at Allan Gardens in Toronto (Jarvis & Carlton), followed by march to the Ontario Liberal Convention at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The Ontario government has been shut down while worker’s rights are under threat and cuts to jobs and services are hurting every community.

It’s time to defend everyone’s democratic and economic rights.

For details, visit: http://ofl.ca/index.php/campaigns/democraticrights

Rally hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour.

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CLC WINTER SCHOOL 2013 – REGISTER ONLINE

The CLC Ontario Region’s 2013 Winter School will be held from March 3 to 8, 2013 at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin.

We are pleased to let you know that online registration is now available. In order to secure the space in your selected course, your payment must be received within 10 days of your online registration.

Register here: http://sms.clc-ctc.ca/imis15_prod_public/Core/Events/eventdetails.aspx?iKey=13ONS-WS&TemplateType=A

For further details and course descriptions, please read the Winter School 2013 brochure:
http://documents.clc-ctc.ca/ontario/2013-Winter-School-Brochure.pdf

If you need a hard copy of the brochure, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 416-441-3710 Ext. 222 or 221 or ontario@clc-ctc.ca

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SOCIAL ECONOMY WORKSHOP: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Presenter: Eric Plato, Director of Finance, Frontier College

Friday, Jan 11, 2012
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George subway station).

– Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal?
– Do you ask yourself ‘what am I looking at?’ when someone gives you financial reports?
– Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but are not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:
– How to put together a budget for an organization or project
– Methods to deal with overhead costs
– How to read financial reports
– How to monitor a budget

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.

To register: complete the online registration form here: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at secworkshops@gmail.com or at 416-978-0022

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HOLIDAY SALE AT PM PRESS – 50% OFF ALL BOOKS UNTIL DECEMBER 31
   
By using the coupon code below everyone gets a taste of being a Friend of PM (FOPM), isn’t it great? The other fantastic benefit, getting monthly shipments of every release while supporting radical writers, filmmakers, and artists, can be had by joining as a FOPM (which also makes a great gift).

From politics and the economy to prison abolition and parenting – we have books, CDs, and DVDs that span a wide assortment of topics and genres that we are offering to you at the phenomenal rate of 50% off list price through December.

To get your 50% discount at checkout, type in the coupon code: Holiday

This special offer does not have a minimum (or maximum) quantity required for getting the 50% discount, so strike while it’s hot!

Please also note: this special offer is not available for any further discount to resale customers or Friends of PM.

See more about the month long sale here: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=8s7txxcab&v=001BowwB-ubI_EvWD4wecYddZoDUVdiFALeIyA8MbCGsa0w83HvGUY9Xy3laa1YYZ5mTB3h7Y3GkuMY8kxyl5LPFdoMGod9LnWa6FoNvKmEtKQ%3D

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NEWS & VIEWS

BOOK REVIEW – PETE SEEGER: “YOU STICK TOGETHER ’TIL IT’S WON”

By Kim Ruehl, YES! Magazine

When a pair of writers expressed interest in publishing Pete Seeger: In His Own Words, one of Seeger’s first requests was “Don’t make me out to be a saint.”

Banjo in hand, Seeger has championed causes from labor to civil rights to the environment, revived our oldest folk songs, and co-authored new folk classics like “If I Had a Hammer,” so the impulse to portray him as saintly is understandable.

He has considered, at every turn, what it means to sing out in a world where the din of injustice is often deafening. But his songs assert that to sing is to recognize the power of one’s own voice, to declare and defend its worth.

Read more: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/what-would-nature-do/pete-seeger-you-stick-together-til-its-won

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CORPORATE CANADA SHAPING INEQUALITY – CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES

The latest study from our Growing Gap project, “A Shrinking Universe: How concentrated corporate power is shaping income inequality in Canada”, links the rise of the richest Canadians with a shift toward more concentrated power within the country’s largest corporations. The study finds that effectively 60 Canadian-based firms are dominating the push for corporate profits, and are accelerating the trend toward inequality.

Read more: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/shrinking-universe

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THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE RAND FORMULA

By Evert Hoogers, Donald Swartz and Rosemary Warskett, The Bullet

It has been widely reported that Pierre Poilievre, the Federal Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, has launched a campaign to change the rules regarding the payment of union dues [See his November 2012 letter to his constituents]. The object of Mr. Poilievre’s ire is the “Rand Formula” – the union security clause found in most collective agreements and labour relations legislation in Canada. Under this formula, no employee in a unionized workplace is required to be a union member, but all have to pay union dues, with the employer deducting the money from the pay checks of all
employees and transferring it to the union.

This dues paying formula was created by Supreme Court Justice Ivan Rand in 1946 when settling a strike between the Ford Motor Company and its workers. At its core is the principle that all those who benefit from the negotiated collective agreement should pay union dues and that there should be no free riders.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/736.php

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SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS: OUR SUFFERING IS THEIR ABUNDANCE

By Jack Gerson, Facts for Working People

Even before Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp swallowed the Wall Street Journal, that newspaper was renowned for its free marketer editorials and opinion pieces. Not only has this policy remained intact under Murdoch, but also the coverage of news and features is now fully in line with the right-wing
editorial policy.

So I was quite surprised a week ago to find, tucked away on page A-11 of the November 30 edition, a piece by the WSJ’s Stephen Fidler that actually hinted at the identity of the real beneficiaries of the bailouts and debt crises:

“Despite the complications, this week’s deal on Greece’s debt points to an (almost) iron rule of sovereign-debt crises: Significant losses fall on taxpayers in creditor countries because debt originally extended by private creditors, one way or another, ends up on the balance sheet of the public sector.”

This sounds eerily like the searing indictment of the bailout in a recent book by York University professor David McNally:

“In short, the bad bank debt that triggered the crisis in 2008 never went away – it was simply shifted on to governments. Private debt became public debt. And as the dimensions of that metamorphosis became apparent in early 2010, the bank crisis morphed into a sovereign debt crisis. Put differently, the economic crisis of 2008-9 did not really end. It simply changed form. It mutated.”

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/12/sovereign-debt-crisis-our-suffering-is.html

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JOIN THE MAYWORKS BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is currently inviting applications to be considered for new Board members. We are a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. Founded in 1986 by the Labour Arts Media Committee of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks is Canada’s largest and oldest labour arts festival. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture.

For more information on Mayworks Toronto, please visit our website: http://mayworks.ca/

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TEN THOUSAND AGHAST AS ‘RIGHT TO WORK’ PASSES IN MICHIGAN

By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes

Union protesters in front of the Michigan Capitol today knocked down an enormous tent erected by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-brothers-funded group that helped bring right to work to the state. State troopers arriving on horseback were helpless, bringing to mind images of Humpty Dumpty and all the king’s men.

Several dozen protesters were sitting down in the Capitol Rotunda, risking arrest, and more were outside the governor’s office. Three school districts were forced to close schools because so many teachers called off for the day.

Four giant inflatable rats in the 10,000-person crowd were named for prominent Republican politicians and their richest backer.

But despite the anger and the chants, the legislature made it official.

Read more: http://labornotes.org/2012/12/ten-thousand-aghast-right-work-passes-michigan

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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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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

 

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com 

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 28th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

We Are Ontario – Putting Equity before Austerity Conference, Niagara Falls

Hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour

November 9-11, 2012
Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview
6700 Fallsview Boulevard, Niagara Falls, L2G 3W6

Contact – Janice Gairey – jgairey@ofl.ca or Paulette Hazel – phazel@ofl.ca
Phone – 416.443.7667 or 416.441.2731 x 667 Fax – 416.441.1893 Web-site:– http://www.ofl.ca

Background materials and registration forms are attached and also available online at – http://www.ofl.ca/index.php/equity2012

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Social Planning Toronto (SPT) Member Forum: 2013 City Budget

Friday, Nov. 30
Doors open 9am, 9:30am to 12pm
2nd floor auditorium, Metro Central YMCA (space is wheelchair accessible)
20 Grosvenor Street (Yonge & Wellesley)

Join us for our annual City budget forum! Come and learn about:

– the City of Toronto’s 2013 staff-recommended operating budget
– what the budget means for our communities
– opportunities to participate in the budget process

The forum will include a presentation on the 2013 City budget, remarks from our community panel, and a question / answer and discussion session with participants.

Speakers include:

– Mark Ferguson, CUPE Local 416
– Sonja Greckol and Lishai Peel, Toronto Women’s City Alliance
– Franz Hartmann, Toronto Environmental Alliance
– Rob Howarth, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres
– Linsey MacPhee, Toronto Drop-In Network
– Tim Maguire, CUPE Local 79
– Claire McWatt, Toronto Youth Cabinet
– Jane Mercer, Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care
– Neethan Shan, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
– Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute
– Susan Wright, Toronto Arts Council

To register: http://spt2013budgetforum.eventbrite.com/#

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Book Launch – Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
By Stephen L. Endicott
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
http://www.utppublishing.com/Raise-the-Workers-Flag-The-Workers-Unity-League-of-Canada-1930-1936.html

The last time the Canadian working class faced a crisis as serious as this one – during the Great Depression of the 1930s – they emerged with a new form of working class organization and new tactics. It was then that industrial unionism exploded and along with it a new radicalism that included historic strikes, movements of the unemployed, political demands linked to struggles, and the famous sit-downs. The question confronting us today is what kind of new organizational forms and tactics-strategies might emerge from this crisis.

The past won’t give us answers, but it does carry clues. In this regard, a new book by Stephen Endicott is a very worthwhile read. It is about the Workers Unity League, which was established by Canadian Communists at the end of the 1920s and for six years led heroic strikes outside the existing unions and developed a militancy and class sensibility that was then collapsed into the unions it earlier fought. It mines new archival material from the RCMP and Communist Party and not only discusses the debates that led to the decision to operate outside of the existing unions and the
circumstances that led to an eventual reversal, but also – and especially important in the present context – the particular organizing strategies used at a time of great attacks on the working class while the official leadership of labour floundered.

The book launch is on November 14, 6-8pm at the Ben McNally Bookstore
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
Tel. 416-361-0032

This is a private book launch, so the store will be closed, but tell them you are there for the Stephen Endicott book launch.

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The Inner Activist: Building Personal Mastery

Sunday, December 2 to Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Haven, Gabriola Island

7-Day All Inclusive Package:
$2,250 – Early Bird / $2,500 – Regular

As a leader of change, you are invited to attend our Building Personal Mastery program. This is a rare opportunity to join a diverse group of change leaders in a 7 day (all-inclusive) residential program where you can rejuvenate and develop your emotional leadership capacity.

Join us December 2 – 8, 2012 and over the course of 7 days you will acquire Self-Knowledge and Personal Mastery Tools that will help you lead from your best self.

–  Discover how you get in your own way.
– What are the disconnects between your intention and what you actually do?
– Uncover root causes of limiting behaviours that don’t serve you personally or professionally.
– Connect with life serving goals that guide your day to day actions towards your highest aspirations.
– Understand your role in organizational challenges and team dynamics, and how to lead from your best self.

Leading social change is demanding: Understanding how your inner experience drives your behaviour is the cornerstone to success. In this program you will be invited to explore what makes you tick, particularly in stressful situations. What unrealized potential can you unleash? What is your learning edge that will help you become a more effective change leader?

For more info and to register: http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1919&EID=9199

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Reviving Labour’s Image

February 22-23, 2013
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in downtown Toronto

From Wisconsin to California and to Canada, the radical right has been eroding worker freedoms and union gains. And many people are acknowledging why the right’s on the move. The New York Times noted recently that in California prospects “are stronger” today to pass a referendum to curtail union political spending “because of a decline in the image of labor.”

You know, too, that a poor image means you have to work harder to get public support. With more membership and public sympathy, everything unions work for is easier, especially organizing – the front line in the struggle against the right’s anti-union movement. Your opponents are telling labour’s story, so everything you do is much more difficult.

But unions can improve their image, as more than 80 elected leaders, organizers, campaign staff, educators, media relations staff and others learned at September’s Reviving Labour’s Image training event.

You’ll learn how to think about labour’s image in a whole new way from Terry O’Reilly, see how to defeat workers’ fears about unions from psychologist Margo Watt, and see the impact of a union advertising campaign on labour’s image.

You will also delve into how to build and protect a “brand” image from brand advisor Dan Aronchick, pick up insights into persuading an audience on any screen – from Skype to CNN – from media consultant Allan Bonner, and hear about turning around a damaged image from consultant Robin Sears. You will come away with great new ideas and practical, affordable, real-world advice you can use in your job the day after.

For more info and to register: http://sgnews.ca/2012/10/reviving-labours-image-2013/

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Mayworks Festival Open Call for Submissions 2013 Festival

Deadline: November 5, 2012

Mayworks Festival – Toronto is pleased to invite submissions for its 28th festival season. Applications are accepted from groups and individuals in a range of disciplines, including: visual art, music / poetry, film, video, interdisciplinary, and theatre.

Mayworks Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates cultural production working class culture. Mayworks Festival seeks to showcase high calibre art by artists at all stages in their careers that are politically and socially engaged with labour realities.  We are especially committed to providing a platform to support the under-represented labor of indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, migrants, women, queer-identified people, people of color, and youth.

Our program committee is guided by our equity policy that recognizes the systemic discrimination and injustices faced by equity-seeking groups. Mayworks Festival is not a funding body, we work in partnership with unions and co-presenters to present events that fit our mandate. We are committed to paying artists’ fees.

Submissions will not be accepted after the deadline date: Nov. 5, 2012.
Proposals selected will be notified by email by December 2012. The festival dates (TBD) will be in early May 2013.

Questions about the application process, contact Dianah Smith at program@mayworks.ca
Organizations interested in co-sponsoring an event at Mayworks Festival, contact Nausheen Quayyum at outreach@mayworks.ca

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The Nature of the Beast: Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin on ‘The Making of Global Capitalism’

by Aaron Leonard, rabble.ca

Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin have just released their latest book, The Making of Global Capitalism. Aaron Leonard recently sat down with Panitch and Gindin in New York City to discuss their work.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2012/10/nature-beast-leo-panitch-and-sam-gindin-making-global-capitalism

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Global Economic Crisis Shakes Old Paradigms

by Walden Bello, Toward Freedom

The world will soon enter the sixth year of the Great Recession, and there is no end in sight. In the United States, where stagnation continues to reign, some 23 million Americans remain out of work, are underemployed, or have simply dropped out of the labor force owing to frustration.

Read more: http://ca.mg4.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=1r1dqnsijkt2d

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Video: Understanding Marx Through Comedy

Here’s a decent comedic attempt to explain some of Marx’s basic ideas.

“Capitalism teaches the people the moral conceptions of cannibalism are the strong devouring the weak; its theory of the world of men and women is that of a glorified pig-trough where the biggest swine gets the most swill.” — James Connolly 1910

Watch the video: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/10/marx-through-comedy.html

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Video: Occupy Socialism

Alternatives to Economic Inequality, Imperialist War and Ecological Destruction

Ingo Schmidt is an economist, a writer, and a labour educator. He is the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University.

Part of the World Peace Forum Teach-In and produced by working TV.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls151.php

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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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Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 19th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

CRIMT Conference – Union Futures: Innovations, Transformations, Strategies

October 25-27, 2012
Montreal, Canada

Please take a look at the detailed conference program. It is very rich with a fantastic variety of trade unionists and researchers working on key challenges for the labour movement. The focus is on providing a learning platform for labour movement innovation.

There are two approaches to registration. Days 1 and 3 are more focused on reporting a wide range of research. Day 2 (Friday the 26th of October) is a special Forum on Union Innovation with a large number of labour movement participants along with researchers on a variety of themes. There is also a morning plenary with Quebec student movement leaders on lessons to be learned by the labour movement from that social movement experience. It is possible to register for the whole three days of the conference or just for the 1-day Forum on Union Innovation.

More info: http://www.crimt.org/UnionFutures.html

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Co-op Conference and International Year of Co-ops (IYC) Gala

Friday, Nov. 30
5pm-midnight
Teatro Conference & Event Centre
Milton, ON

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 30th, 2012. On Co-op has moved its traditional Co-op Conference and Gala out of Co-op Week this year so that co-ops can use the time for their own celebrations… We have also separated the conference and gala into distinct events!

On Friday, November 30th, we’ll all get together for a fantastic gala party and celebration of all things co-op, credit union and IYC! We are planning an exciting evening celebration, including a cocktail reception, a three-course plated meal, Spirit of IYC Award ceremony, live auction and raffle draws, and new this year… live entertainment and dancing. It’s definitely a night you won’t want to miss! Online registration began on September 1st. Reserve your seat or corporate table, as there is a 200
person capacity for this years banquet/awards ceremony! The Gala is presented in English.

More info: http://www.ontario.coop/programs_services/public_awareness/coop_conference_and_iyc_gala

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Working Class Hero: A Night of Protest Songs

Tuesday, 6 November 2012
8:00 pm
The Dominion
500 Queen St. East, Toronto

The Dominion on Queen St. plays host to a benefit night of protest music on U.S. Election night.

It’s rare that a single stage is shared by country/rockabilly performers, punk bands, old-time folkies, modern singer songwriters, and a chamber orchestra, but that’s exactly what the upcoming “Working Class Heroes” benefit show features at the Dominion on Queen, this November 6.

The date is no mistake—the night of the US Elections. The event has emerged from a growing camaraderie between local musicians of all kinds, united by deep concerns about the modern political climate, and the current electoral process in particular.

Featured will be such diverse musical and cultural luminaries as David Henmann (formerly of April Wine), David DePoe (Toronto 60’s hippie movement leader), Toronto rockabilly mainstay Alistair Christl and his mother Margaret Christl who is herself a renowned veteran of the North American folk circuit, alternative roots/jazz musicians Laura Hubert and Laura Repo, as well as Corktown’s own Corktown Chamber Orchestra, performing selections from GeorgeCrumb’s avant-garde war commentary “Black Angels”; and many many other guests.

Billed as “A Night of Protest Music”, the show aims to pay homage to the compelling songbook of populist, revolutionary and resistance music penned throughout the ages, bring together an increasingly politicized neighborhood, and finally generate significant proceeds for Fort York Residence Homeless employment program.

Live coverage of election results will be streamed throughout the evening.

Suggested donation is $10. All proceeds to go to Fort York Residence Homeless employment program. Fort York Residence provides housing for men working toward getting a job. The goal is to have clients get and keep a stable job, set aside some savings and eventually move into their own place.

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International Seminar – Transitions to Adulthood in Knowledge Societies: Present and Future of Young People with Low Educational Levels

29 and 30 November, 2012
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This seminar is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and is closely linked to the project ““Pathways from secondary education into employment: a biographic perspective” (Plan for R+D+I). Its main objectives are:

– To disseminate the results of current research in the field of training and employment trajectories of young people with little education.

– To strengthen relationships with other research groups and the various actors in the territory of the Balearics.

More information: http://www.uibcongres.org/congresos/ficha.en.html?cc=263&

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The End of Immigration? A Film about Canada’s Addiction to Temporary Foreign Workers

Saturday, October 20, 2012
6:00 PM
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor Street West, Room 5-150

“The End of Immigration?,” a film by Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy is a documentary which highlights the Canadian trend where an increasing number of temporary workers are employed in all sectors of the economy. This compelling documentary asks the question – is this shift away from nation-building and permanent residency to temporary worker programs the end of immigration as we know it?

While the number of temporary workers arriving in Canada has grown exponentially each year and may exceed the number of immigrants entering Canada, these temporary worker programs lend themselves to abuse and exploitation of our “guest workers.”

Migrante Canada, and UFCW Canada – Canada’s largest private sector union – are pleased to sponsor the Toronto screening for this documentary produced by Multi-Monde.

Filmmakers Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy will be in attendance for a panel discussion following the film screening, along with Migrante Canada and UFCW Canada.

For more information about the film, go to http://www.pmm.qc.ca and/or check out the trailer at http://diffusionmultimonde.com/en/, https://vimeo.com/44838473

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International Education and Transformative Learning: Voices From the Field

Monday, October 22
1:00-2:15 EDT (10:00 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. PDT)

A virtual panel discussion that is part of an ongoing series of Virtual Conversations on Transformative Learning, offered by the Center for Transformative Learning at Meridian University.

Study abroad and other forms of international education are increasingly becoming a major focus of many institutions of higher education. While study abroad has long been associated with undergraduate experiences, over the last 10 – 15 years we have witnessed a dramatic increase in the numbers of graduate students and faculty from K-12 and community colleges, as well as four-year institutions participating in various forms of education abroad. In addition, the number of international students coming to study in the U.S. has also dramatically increased.

Based on our own research and experience as participants, we will explore the experiences and potential outcomes associated with education abroad from the theoretical perspective of transformative learning, and the implications of this perspective for the design and facilitating of education abroad programs, activities, and experiences. In addition, we will discuss what our research and experience suggests for our emerging understanding of transformative learning.

This focus will be approached from several viewpoints, including that of the institution, faculty leading study abroad groups, U.S. students abroad, and Asian students within the United States.

Panelists:

• Dr. John Dirkx, Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair, Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University (Moderator)
• Dr. Dennis Dunham, Executive Director, Office of International Services, University of Central Oklahoma
• Dr. Qi Sun, Associate Professor, Adult and Post Secondary Education Programs, Department of Professional Studies, College of Education, University of Wyoming
• Ms. Julie Sinclair, Higher, Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

We hope that you will join us for this live conversation. These conversations are offered at no charge.

Click here to register: http://meridianuniversity.edu/index.php/telesummit-on-transformative-learning

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* Music Video – We Are the Working Class

The World’s Grievance Man – Mike Stout is a socially conscious singer song-writer and community leader. He leads crusades against economic injustice, rallying people with his music. His sound and lyrics are influenced by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, & Springsteen.

Watch the video: http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/4510907

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Inspired Learning: Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports

by Jamie Gamble, Caledon Institute

Vibrant Communities (VC) was a ten-year action research initiative that involved 13 Canadian communities. They all sought effective local solutions to poverty reduction by applying comprehensive approaches. The objectives of this pan-Canadian learning partnership were to reduce poverty, increase engagement, change public policy and enable community innovation.

VC was established in 2002 through the partnership of three national sponsors – Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, the Caledon Institute and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation – and 13 communities across the country.

Tamarack was responsible for overall leadership, coaching and strategy. The J.W. McConnell Family foundation provided grants to Trail Builder communities, hosted periodic funders’ forums and shaped the dissemination strategy. Caledon prepared relevant policy papers, documented local efforts and helped design an evaluation framework for the initiative.

Vibrant Communities has had a positive impact on thousands of low-income households across Canada. This report outlines the results of providing national supports to such a large and complex pan-Canadian initiative.

Read the report: http://vibrantcanada.ca/files/evaluation_report-aug2012.pdf

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Memo from Chicago: We Stood Up to the Bullies, But the Fight Isn’t Over
by Kirsten Roberts, Alternet

The Chicago teachers strike may have ended, but the struggle for justice in our public schools presses on.

The nine-day strike of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) ended last month with a decisive victory against Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his drive to impose the corporate school deform agenda on the public education system. Around the country, teachers, students and everyone who cares about education justice have been inspired by the showdown in Chicago.

On October 6, some 120 people attended a forum looking back on the struggle, titled, “The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized: What the CTU Strike Teaches Us About How to Fight for a Better World.” Among the featured speakers at the forum was Kirstin Roberts , a preschool teacher and member of the CTU. Here, we publish her speech.

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/memo-chicago-we-stood-bullies-fight-isnt-over

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Video – Meet Richard Hayes. He picks up Mitt Romney’s trash.

Richard is a City of San Diego sanitation worker whose route includes Mitt Romney’s $12 million oceanfront villa in La Jolla, Calif. This is his story.

Not only does Mitt Romney think we should have fewer public service workers, he has aggressively tried to avoid paying his fair share in taxes for the service they provide him.

Immediately after Romney bought his $12 million La Jolla mansion, he hired a lawyer to knock more than $100,000 off of his tax bill for it.

Watch the video: http://www.afscme.org/meetrichard
   
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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

 

**END**

 

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Higher Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 14th OCTOBER 2012

EVENTS

Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, October 30
7:00pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto

The GTWA holds general membership meetings on the last Thursday of the month in order to shape our organization, discuss politics and plan our work. Members are encouraged to attend and take part. Supporters and observers are welcome.

To join the GTWA visit: http://www.workersassembly.ca for information on membership.

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The 54th Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) – Call for Proposals

Extended deadline!

The 2013 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 54th Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for May 31-June 2, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Preconferences are scheduled for May 30th. The full call for proposals is attached and is also available online at: http://adulterc.org. Special Recognition: We are especially indebted to The University of Missouri-St. Louis for hosting 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 Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email. Send proposals via email as an attachment to aerc2013@gmail.com.

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Book Launch: The Democratic Imagination

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St West, Toronto

From Ancient Greece to the French Revolution to contemporary Egypt – the concept of popular power has a long and colourful history. But does it have a promising future in the twenty-first century?

James Cairns and Alan Sears examine the past and present states of democracy, its varied concepts, and its future in a book that aims to expand and challenge democratic definition.

In an engaging and personal style, like their book, Sears and Cairns hope to expand and challenge your democratic imagination.

The evening will embrace the voice of the people. Via video presentation others respond to the condition of democracy in Canada, there will be music by DJ Peter Mitton and guest speakers John Grayson, Mary-Jo Nadeau and Sedef Arat-Koc convey their conception of the subject with an added twist – an object representing their democratic view.

$5 or free with book purchase.

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Report from the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – Easy to Take for Granted

The role of the public sector & carework in wealth creation

As the province continues down the road of decreased public spending in health care and other public services through initiatives such as imposed wage freezes, forced pension erosion as well as sweeping labour law reform, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is releasing a new research paper showing the wealth-creating role of public spending on health, education and social services in overall economic production.

Easy to Take for Granted: The role of the public sector and carework in wealth creation shows that the value of economic output generated through every dollar spent on public health care, education and social services is considerably higher than each private investment dollar.

Read the report: http://www.ona.org/documents/File/politicalaction/ONA_EasyToTakeForGranted_20121011.pdf

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CSSHE 2013 Conference – Call for Submissions

The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) will hold its annual conference June 3-5, 2013 within the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by the University of Victoria in Victoria, Beautiful British Columbia.

This conference is being planned in close collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) so that individuals attending one of these three conferences will also have the opportunity to attend sessions
at one or both of the other gatherings.

The Congress 2013 theme is “@the Edge.” CSSHE invites submissions that explore the overall theme or aspects of it as applied to the field of higher education. Papers addressing specific-but-related topics such as online learning, governance, research, informal and experiential learning, recruitment and student services will also be considered for inclusion in the program.

For more information: http://www.csshe-scees.ca/06_01_conference_en.htm

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Will Work for Exposure: Cultural Work in Precarious Times

Friday, October 19, 2012
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ryerson University, Cara Commons, 7th Floor, Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas St. West, Toronto

A must for freelance journalists, writers, actors, artists.

Join the Centre for Labour Management Relations at Ryerson University for a free one-day conference on the growing problem of precarious work – unpaid internships, part-time, contract and freelance work – in Canada. Hear from peers, researchers, lawyers, community organizers to share strategies for navigating precarious employment and improving working conditions.

Free. Register and get full details:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4392329576/eivtefrnd#

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NEWS & VIEWS

Report from the CCPA: How Affordable is a University Education in Your Province?

A new report from the CCPA’s (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) Education Project tracks the affordability of university education across Canadian provinces. The study looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines the impact on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

Since 1990, with very few exceptions, the tuition fee burden across the country has been increasing faster than incomes, and the average tuition and compulsory fees for Canadian undergraduate students will continue to rise by an estimated 17.7% by 2015-2016.

Read the full report, Eduflation and the High Cost of Learning, to find out which provincial governments are ensuring university education is more affordable for median and low-income families, and which governments are telling students to take a hike.

Read the report: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/eduflation-and-high-cost-learning

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Report: Gender, Race and Migration: Investigating the Systemic Barriers Immigrant Women Face in Toronto’s Labour Market and the Impacts on Health

Prepared by Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Written by Megan Spasevski.

The focus of this OWHN (Ontario Women’s Health Network) E-Bulletin is to give a snapshot of Access Alliance’s forthcoming report addressing the barriers that immigrant women face in the labour market in Toronto post-migration and the effects on individual and family health and well-being.

Read the report: http://www.owhn.on.ca/E_Bulletin_Summer_2012.pdf

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Foxconn’s iPhone Plant Paralyzed as Thousands Strike

TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc’s products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

Read the article: http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABRE8941JF20121006

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Walmart Warehouse Strikers Return to Work with Full Back Pay

Strikers have returned to work with their heads held high and their wallets full at Walmart’s largest North American distribution center. Warehouse workers in Elwood, Illinois, announced Saturday that they had won their key demand, reinstatement of all who were fired or suspended for on-the-job organizing, along with full back pay for everyone who participated in the three-week strike.

Read the article: http://labornotes.org/2012/10/walmart-warehouse-strikers-return-work-full-back-pay

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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.

 

**END**

 

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Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 10th SEPTEMBER 2012

EVENTS

Book Launch: Post-Colonial State in the Era of Globalization: Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation
by Tariq Amin-Khan

Mon. Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould (Dundas subway)

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Funeral for Collective Bargaining Rights
Mon. Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Queens Park

Gone but not Forgotten: Labour Rights in Ontario. First we mourn, then we fight! Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker bill set to pass legislature early next week, rank and file education workers will convene a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen’s Park. Workers and friends are invited to join us as we reflect on our loss and ready ourselves for the future. Please wear appropriate funeral attire. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an organization, of your choice, that defends workers or quality public education.

https://www.facebook.com/events/205393162924472/

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Group Decision Making Workshop

Saturday, September 15
1 – 5 p.m.
At U of T

From hierarchy to consensus, choose the decision-making structure that’s right for your social change organization.  Learn techniques that can help you address some common decision-making problems and bring about organizational change.

http://www.toolsforchange.net/2012/08/01/group-decision-making-workshop

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I Am a Revolutionary
A one-day conference on radical activism

Saturday, September 15
12:30 pm – 4 pm

http://rabble.ca/whatsup/i-am-revolutionary-one-day-conference-radical-activism

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Request for Proposals: Research in Work and Learning 2013

We are delighted to invite proposals for RWL8 2013, entitled “The visible and invisible in work and learning”. This international conference hosted at the University of Stirling (UK) is concerned with such questions as: What knowledge, which actors, and what parts of the environment are most visible? What and who remains invisible? When do actors become aware of invisible infrastructures? And what research methods and analytical approaches can make the invisible visible?  The confirmed keynotes are Dr Linda Cooper (University of Cape Town), Professor Barbara Czarniawska (University of Gothenburg), and Professor Tom Devine (University of Edinburgh).

We are inviting proposals for individual papers, symposia, round tables, and poster presentations.  All abstracts and proposals will be reviewed. In addition, we offer the opportunity of having your final paper refereed. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2012, and we will notify you of acceptance by 30 November 2012.  Full details of how to submit your proposal are on our website, along with further information:  http://www.stir.ac.uk/schools/education/researching-work-and-learning

If you have any queries, please contact us at: rwl2013@stir.ac.uk

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United Association for Labor Education (UALE) 2013 Annual Conference: Across boundaries, what are workers saying and doing?

April 17-20, 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In a world which sometimes divides us, the world of work affects us all. It is a world in which working people face trying economic times, inequitable labor policies, and systemic attacks on workers and their human rights. Dedicated to progress, growth, and hope for the labor movement, the United Association for Labor Education (UALE) invites labor educators and those who value labor education to look beyond the boundaries we may perceive and come together in Toronto, Ontario Canada for a conference that values workers and worker education.

UALE welcomes proposals for paper presentations, panels, research projects, workshops, demonstration teaching sessions, and other activities which value what workers are saying, what workers are doing, and that generally support the labor movement or contribute to the art of labor education.

http://uale.org/conference/conference-2013

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NEWS & VIEWS

Interviewed: David Harvey on Rebel Cities
By Chris Carlsson

Introduction by Neal Gorenflo, Publisher of Shareable

One of the legacies of socialist “Red Vienna” in the 1920s is a huge stock of quality housing owned by the city available at below-market rates. This not only makes affordable housing widely available, it keeps a lid on overall housing prices. This undoubtedly adds to the appeal of prosperous Vienna, voted as the world’s most livable city in 2011.

Even though this historical anecdote is relevant today, considering the damage done by a speculative housing market run amok, we never hear about it. Mainstream discourse about cities is dominated by free-market, pro-growth ideas that has continued unabated even after the flaws of capitalism were made glaringly obvious by the 2008 financial meltdown.

http://www.shareable.net/blog/interviewed-david-harvey-on-rebel-cities

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The Truth about the “Crisis” in education
by People for Education

There has been a lot of talk in the media about discussions between the province, teachers and school boards. In some cases the information has been misleading.

Teachers’ contracts expired on August 31st, but it is very common for bargaining to start in earnest only at the end of a contract. In these cases, everyone keeps working under the terms of the old contract, no one goes on strike, teachers (for the most part) do not get salary increases and
students are not affected.

http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/the-truth-about-the-crisis-in-education/

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New Book – Breaking Free: A facilitator’s guide to participatory action research practice

Breaking Free is a practical guide to facilitating self-directing educational processes into participatory action research (PAR) enabling average people to contribute what they can as active participants in research projects. As such, it is designed primarily for these participants rather than the academic researcher in order to introduce participants to authentic contributions they can make as activists in knowledge-making processes. At the same time, Breaking Free guides academic researchers towards helpful practices enriching their often times lonely and isolated existence created by a false sense of “objectivity.” A hands-on practical yet disciplined approach to facilitating PAR prepares readers to craft their own individual Guide as they prepare for the PAR life. This opens up the world of knowledge-making to people long silenced by forces intent on controlling knowledge for the educated elite. Breaking Free invites people to contribute as they can and be recognized for this contribution.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/timothy-pyrch/breaking-free-a-facilitators-guide-to-participatory-action-research-practice/paperback/product-20113382.html

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Chicago Teachers Draw a Line
by Lee Sustar, The Bullet

Can the scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labour unions have ducked? That question looms large — not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labour movement. Because while both private- and public-sector unions are taking a pounding across the U.S. with layoffs, pay cuts and pension rollbacks, the CTU is gearing up for a showdown with America’s most politically connected mayor, Rahm Emanuel — and it will come to a head in September.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/690.php

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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

 

**END**

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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Higher Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 3rd SEPTEMBER 2012

HAPPY LABOUR DAY!

EVENTS

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.

Register online: http://gtwa.eventbrite.ca/
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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.
http://www.cinemapolitica.org/bloor
https://www.facebook.com/events/345112085573875/

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ALL RISE! The People’s Court is Convening

Saturday, September 15, 2012
1:00pm
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.

http://ontario.psac.com/node/442

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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

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NEWS & VIEWS

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.

http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion/columns/article/790187–labour-movement-must-be-defender-of-all-workers

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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.

http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/08/the-marikana-massacre-turning-point.html

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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.

http://www.blog.ellerman.org/2012/08/rethinking-common-vs-private-property/

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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.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/691.php

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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

 

**END**

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 18th JANUARY 2012

EVENTS

VIDEO & DISCUSSION – THE WAY FORWARD: RETHINKING THE PROBLEM OF WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
OISE, Room 5–170
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Video followed by a dynamic panel discussion.

Sponsored by the Workplace Learning and Social Change Collaborative Program, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

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LEFT BEHIND – CBC DOCUMENTARY ON INEQUALITY

Monday, January 16, 23, 30
on Ideas at 9:04 pm, CBC Radio One

Over the past 30 years, the benefits of economic growth in Canada, the US and much of the rest of the world, have gone increasingly to the top one percent of the population. For the majority of families, however, incomes have stagnated. This rise in inequality coincided with a sea change in government policy. Beginning in the 1980s, governments in much of the English-speaking world embarked on what has been called the neoliberal revolution – deregulation, privatization and tax cuts, aimed at liberating markets and stimulating the economy. The rising tide was supposed to lift all boats, but it didn’t. Jill Eisen explores what happened.

Part 2 airs on Monday, January 23, and part 3 on Jan 30.

To listen to a podcast of Part 1, click here: http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2012/01/16/left-behind/

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INTERCHANGE: EVERYONE CAN BE A PEACEBUILDER WORKSHOP

Wednesday January 25, 2012
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Ellington’s Cafe, 805 St.Clair Avenue West (http://ellingtonsmusicandcafe.com)
Suggested Fee: $30 general, $20 InterChange members, $20 students/unwaged

Everyone can be a Peacebuilder!

Please join us for a creative and participatory ‘Peace Ambassadors’ Workshop in which you will:

­- learn core peace concepts and models
­- explore the idea of “peace literacy” and how it can be promoted
­- discover your unique peacebuilding role
­- find out more about the InterChange workshops and facilitators and how these can be brought to your community
­- share your values and ideas with like-minded people
­- use the metaphor of a picnic to help spread the Culture of Peace

Food and refreshments will be provided!

Registration is limited so please e-mail in advance to reserve your spot!

To RSVP and for more information, contact community@interchange4peace.org or
http://www.interchange4peace.org

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LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES – A GOOD FOOD SOCIAL ENTERPRISE: LEARNINGS FROM FOODSHARE

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012
Noon – 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station) Room 3-104

Zahra Parvinian, Director of Social Enterprise Programs, Alvin Rebick, Senior Manager of Kitchen and Focus on Food, and Meredith Hayes, Senior Manager of School Programs will introduce FoodShare Toronto’s social enterprise programs and discuss:  the organization’s different enterprise program models, as well as the challenges, sustainability issues, and other aspects related to running a food social enterprise.
   
*No registration required. Bring your lunch and a mug. Water, coffee, tea, and fresh-baked snacks from Lemon & Allspice will be provided.

For more information, please contact Andrea at secspeakerseries@gmail.com

Presented by the Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) & Toronto Enterprise Fund.

This event will be webcast live on the Internet. For detailed instructions, please see our website at http://socialeconomycentre.ca/webcast-instructions
 
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GREATER TORONTO WORKERS’ ASSEMBLY (GTWA) COFFEEHOUSE: OCCUPY DEBRIEF

January 27, 2012
7pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

2011 – maybe it wasn’t quite 1968 but it was a year of great social upheaval. With 2011 behind us, the GTWA is holding the first in what will be a new series of Coffeehouses to discuss where we are as a movement, with this particular one featuring two local activists who were very involved in Occupy Toronto, and in particular building links between the Occupy movement and the labour movement. Is this the beginning of a new community/labour coalition that we’ve been waiting for? Will the Occupy movement be able to sustain itself and help awaken a dormant labour movement? How did the Occupy Toronto experience measure up with other Occupations? These and other issues will be topics of comradely discussion.

Speakers include two activists with the Occupy movement – Brendan Bruce and Lana Goldberg.

This Coffeehouse is organized by the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly Internal Education and Political Development Committee (IEPD).

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NEWS AND VIEWS

CANADIAN LABOUR AT THE CROSSROADS?

By Doug Nesbitt, The Bullet

A wage cut of fifty per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands have inevitably led to a major showdown at a locomotive factory in London, Ontario between the 700 unionized workers of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and Caterpillar, a massive U.S.-based corporation. The workers, members of Canadian Auto Workers Local 27, responded to the employer’s demands with a positive strike vote of 97 per cent. The employer, Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, locked out the workers on New Year’s Day.

In addition to facing down a notorious anti-union employer who hammered the American United Auto Workers in the 1990s, there are plenty of rumours about Caterpillar closing the London plant and moving operations to Muncie, Indiana. EMD workers in London make $36/hour while their counterparts in Muncie are paid only $12.50-14.50 (Cdn). Indiana is also on the cusp of becoming the first rust-belt state to introduce a “Right to Work” law, a notorious form of anti-union legislation made possible by the even more infamous Taft-Hartley law of 1947, the long-standing crown jewel of American anti-union legislation.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/586.php

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SPECIAL ISSUE OF GUERNICA ON SCHOOLING

Here is the summary of the contents in the current issue on global education:

In this issue, we examine global education and the shifting gap between rich and poor countries. “Into this gap,” writes author Zadie Smith, “well-meaning people tend to pour in two large groups: the Church Workers and the Aid Workers.” When it comes to education, Smith writes, “there were so few people writing development stories from a human perspective. Stories that were not especially concerned with a man’s eternal soul or his statistical representation, but with his life.” Enter Writers Bloc, a group of renowned scribblers launched into far-flung corners of the globe to report humanely on schools: Aleksander Hemon on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ethnic education enforcers; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Nigeria’s schools as battleground for politics; Kamila Shamsie on the struggles of education reformers in Pakistan; plus, Nathalie Handal on Haiti, two years after the earthquake. Nor is the United States spared this scrutiny. Former Gates Foundation education entrepreneur Tom Vander Ark and Waiting for Superman’s Michelle Rhee discuss why Latvia and Russia are surpassing Americans in schooling. And more great poetry, blogs, art; and for fiction–instead—a play. And Guernica launches the global education issue with a pair of events in London.

Read more: http://guernicamag.com/newsletter/newsletter_browser_Jan16.html

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CALL FOR PAPERS ON COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Call for papers:  COMM-ORG (http://comm-org.wisc.edu) is a website and list-serve that attempts to bring together theory and practice, and academics and organizers, to advance the craft of community organizing.

COMM-ORG is looking for papers to publish on the COMM-ORG Papers page (http://comm-org.wisc.edu/papers.htm). All papers are also announced on the list-serve, which reaches over 1000 people across more than a dozen nations.

COMM-ORG welcomes papers from scholars, organizers, and scholar-organizers. I also welcome previously published hard-to-find writing.  Authors retain complete control over their work, and COMM-ORG supports authors revising their papers for submission to other outlets.

To submit a paper, contact the editor, Randy Stoecker, at rstoecker@wisc.edu

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OCCUPY WALL STREET: WHY NOW? WHAT’S NEXT?

Naomi Klein and Yotam Marom in conversation about Occupy Wall Street. Read more: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/10-1  

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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

‘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)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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