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OURS TO MASTER AND TO OWN

From: Brooklyn Graduate Center For Worker Education: yoshi.board@gmail.com

Join us in celebrating a book event for

Ours to Master and to Own: Worker Control – From the Commune to the Present

By Immanuel Ness & Dario Azzellini (Eds.)

June 23rd at 6pm
Brooklyn College Graduate Center (CUNY)
25 Broadway, 7th fl New York, NY 10004
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From the dawning of the industrial epoch, wage earners have organized themselves into unions, fought bitter strikes, and have gone so far as to challenge the very premises of the system by creating institutions of democratic self-management aimed at controlling production without bosses. Looking at specific examples drawn from every corner of the globe and every period of modern history, this path breaking volume comprehensively traces this often under-appreciated historical tradition.

Ripe with lessons drawn from historical and contemporary struggles for workers’ control, Ours to Master and to Own is essential reading for those struggling to bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old.
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Purchase ‘Ours to Master and to Own’: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Ours-to-Master-and-to-Own

 

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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 31st OCTOBER 2010

 

 

EVENTS

VIDEO: WORKERS’ CONTROL, WORKERS’ COUNCILS AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

Presentation by Michael Lebowitz, Professor Emeritus, Economics Department, Simon Fraser University.

“Workers Control, Workers Councils and the Social Economy” presented 10 August 2009 at ALCASA in Ciudad Guayana in the state of Bolivar (on the occasion of the anniversary of the Workers School for Political Formation, ‘Negro Primero’), translated by Federico Fuentes. ALCASA is the state aluminum company, currently functioning under workers control and a key part of the ‘Socialist Plan for Guayana.’ Among those present was Elio Sayago, elected president of ALCASA by the workers this year.

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls73.php

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REBEL FILMS – “SOUTH OF THE BORDER” 

Friday, November 5
7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
St. George Subway Station

South of the Border (2010, 78 min.), is a film directed by Oliver Stone. Writer for the project Tariq Ali calls the documentary “a political road movie”. The film has Stone and his crew travel from the Caribbean down the spine of the Andes in an attempt to explain the “phenomenon” of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and account for the continent’s recent leftward tilt. Cuba Consul General Jorge Soberon and Venezuela Deputy Consul General Aura Samira will comment on the film, followed by an open discussion.

The film will be preceded by a brief introduction, and will be followed by a commentary and an open floor discussion period. Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.
Please visit: http://www.socialistaction-canada.blogspot.com or call 416–535-8779.

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C2D2 (CANADIAN COMMUNITY FOR DIALOGUE & DELIBERATION) EVALUATION PROJECT
TELECONFERENCE

Tuesday, November 2
12 pm-1:30 pm (ET)

About C2D2: C2D2 is a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to the creation and sustainability of vibrant communities, businesses, governments, not for profits and learning institutions through the good practice of dialogue, deliberation, collaborative action and decision-making processes. We believe that thoughtful and participatory planning and collaborative sense making must involve multiple and diverse interests (citizen, expert, civic, business and community voices).

About The Evaluation Project: The C2D2 community is hosting a national conversation about evaluating dialogue and deliberation. The goal of this effort is to strengthen practice through more work on evaluation.

The dial-in number and code are:

Local dial-in: 613-960-7516
Toll Free Dial-In : 1-877-413-4792
Conference ID – 3933472
Documents like the agenda will be added to this link before the teleconference: http://www.c2d2.ca/c2d2-evaluation-project-november-2010-0

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WHY ARE SOCIAL ASSISTANCE RATES A WORKERS ISSUE?

Monday November 8
6 to 9 pm
CUPE 4400: 1482 Bathurst St, Suite 200, Toronto
**On-Site Childcare and Food Provided

Join us for the Raise the Rates & Special Diet Campaign Educational

Join CUPE members for an educational on the Raise the Rates and Special Diet Campaign to get the word out in our workplaces about why raising social assistance rates is a workers issue and what can be done to take this issue on.

For more information, contact: 416-596-7927 / cupe4308@gmail.com

CUPE Ontario: Save the Special Diet and Raise the Rates: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?document_id=1114&lang=en

CUPE Ontario Statement on the Special Diet Allowance: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?subject_id=227&lang=en

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NEWS & VIEWS

TIME TO KICK OVER THE PREVAILING ORTHODOXY IN ECONOMIC THOUGHT

By Duncan Cameron, rabble.ca

The focus needs to be on building a new economy, not shoring up capitalism through fiscal policy. De-legitimizing capital as the source of all wisdom about how to run the world is the first task.

Read more: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2010/10/time-kick-over-prevailing-orthodoxy-economic-thought

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THE RECESSION’S HIT WOMEN HARD, BUT THE MYTH OF THE “MANCESSION” WON’T DIE

The “mancession” narrative is based on a divisive argument which skews the facts.

Read more: http://bit.ly/9iwNOW

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ROB FORD AND THE POLITICS OF ANGER

by Eric Mang, rabble.ca

The phrase most often used to describe the ascension of Ford is “voter anger.” This rage against the machine may have blinded many Ford supporters as to the character and measure of this man.

Read more: http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ericmang/2010/10/rob-ford-and-politics-anger

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NEW FROM CALEDON INSTITUTE: A DIFFERENT VIEW ON IMMIGRATION

In Immigration: For Young Citizens, author Tom Kent argues that immigration to Canada is in chaos. The federal government’s response to the problems has been to shuffle much of its responsibility to provincial governments and to employers recruiting for ostensibly temporary work. In the resulting confusion, the national purpose for immigration is lost. Some easements, such as better settlement services and language upgrading, are widely urged but little done. At best, they are only band-aids. Fundamental changes are needed. Kent offers 12 suggestions.

Download the report: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/903ENG.pdf

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CANADA’S VITAL SIGNS 2010

Each fall, Canadian community foundations from the Atlantic to the Pacific prepare local report cards for, and about, their communities. Like an annual check-up, each Vital Signs report looks at how one community is doing across many aspects of quality of life. What makes for ‘good’ quality of life varies from one community to another. Each Vital Signs report reflects this diversity, tracking the measures that are important to each community.

On October 5, 2010, Vital Signs reports were issued in 15 communities:

Calgary, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Lunenburg County, Medicine Hat, Montreal, Ottawa, Red Deer, Saint John, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Waterloo Region.

About Vital Signs: Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities, identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is based on a project of the Toronto Community Foundation and is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

For more detail, see our local reports here: http://www.vitalsignscanada.ca/local-reports-e.html

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education.

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

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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

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Workshop

Workshop

ALTERNATIVE WORK ORGANISATIONS

Call for Papers

Stream at the International Labour Process Conference 2010, Rutgers University 15-17 March 2010

Stream convenors:
MAURIZIO ATZENI, Loughborough University, UK, m.atzeni@lboro.ac.uk
DARIO AZZELLINI, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany, dnapress@gmx.net
IMMANUEL NESS, Brooklyn College CUNY, US, manny.ness@gmail.com

Acute and deep economic crises, like the one we are currently experiencing, have always had an important role in reshaping people’s lives and societies. By momentarily breaking the flow of production and consumption, destroying wealth and creating unemployment, economic crises interrupt the regular working of accepted socio-economic systems and open the room to popular protests and searches for alternatives. In the labour movement’s history one of the forms in which the dominating system has been contested and responses to crisis have been found has been through workers’ run and controlled production. Defined as workers self-management or autogestion, to use the more catchy Spanish definition, different forms of  workers’ empowerment at the level of production have been used in different geographical contexts alongside the history of the capitalist system of production. Reverting taken for granted assumptions about property and capital control of the labour process, cases of workers’ self-management can be seen as an alternative work organisation, a theoretical proposal to overcome capitalism and a form of radical struggle and rank and file strategy for collective action.

We thus invite papers with both an empirical and/or theoretical focus, based on historical, contemporary, worldwide cases that can assess workers’ experiences with alternative forms of work organisation, particularly, in relation to the following issues:

• Labour process and decision-making
• Workers’ collective actions and struggles for emancipation
• Social theory of work
• Alternative to capitalist societies

Research questions that address these issues may include:

• What is the historical-political development of workers’ control, its legacy and contemporary cogency?
• What is the theoretical relevance of all these attempts to challenge the `natural’ state of capitalist work relations?
• What would an alternative model look like?
• What would be the state’s role in promoting this alternative?
• Should be workers’ organisations actively supporting factories occupations and self-management?
• Are there feasible, sustainable long-term alternatives to conventional capitalist organisations?
• How market competition influences this new model?
• Which type of values will it be supporting?
• Who is going to take decisions in the new organisations? Will there be any leaders?
• What role, if any, for managers?
• How will tasks be distributed among workers?

We would welcome contributions from both academics and labour activists with different background and interdisciplinary approach based on worldwide examples of alternative forms of work organisations.

We would be happy to discuss initial ideas for papers with potential contributors.

Presented papers will be considered for an edited book on Alternative Work Organisation to be published by Palgrave in Spring 2011.

For further details see ILPC 2010 at: http://www.ilpc.org.uk/ILPC2010.aspx

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