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We Are the Crisis

A dayschool hosted by Workers’ Liberty
Saturday 18 February 2012, 11:30-17:30

Highgate Newtown Community Centre, 25 Bertram Street, London N19 5DQ (Archway tube) for more details and to pay online Facebook event: New Unionism: how workers can fight back

In the late 1880s, workers (often unskilled or semi-skilled, often migrants and often working in casualised and precarious environments) organised militant industrial unions to fight back against their bosses. Faced with increasingly similar conditions today, can we build a New Unionism for the 21st century that transforms and revolutionises the modern labour movement?

Registration: £15 waged, £8 low-waged/ student, £4 unwaged.

Speakers and sessions are:
* How the socialists organised: the life and times of Tom Mann (Cathy Nugent and Charlie MacDonald)
* The movement for working-class self-education (Colin Waugh, further education activist, author of Plebs, the Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education)
* Finding a political voice: from New Unionism to Labour representation (Martin Thomas and Sam Greenwood)
* Organising the unorganised: (Mick Duncan, Unite p.c; Ruth Cashman, Lambeth Unison p.c.)
* From the Matchworkers to the Chainmakers – how women organised (Jill Mountford and Louise Raw, author of Striking a Light, The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History)
* What came next – The Great Unrest 1911-1914 (Edd Mustill)
* Organising at work today: using the ‘Troublemakers’ Handbook’ (Kim Moody, founder of Labor Notes magazine, academic, author — most recently US Labor in Trouble and Transition — and activist)
New Unionism 2012? How can we reinvigorate the labour movement?
Speakers include Eamonn Lynch (Bakerloo Line driver tube driver victimised for his union activity and reinstated following an RMT campaign) and Jean Lane (Workers’ Liberty and Tower Hamlets Unison)

Creche, cheap food and bookstalls


‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Learning at Work

Learning at Work



OUR MANDATE: 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.

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by D.W. Livingstone

“In a scorching and informative critique of the growing discrepancy between knowledge and human capacity and the available opportunities for decent work, D.W. Livingstone has written one of the most important books of the decade. This is a book that breathes new life into the much over-looked relationship between education and economic reform.”
(Henry A. Giroux)

Garamond Press or-Percheron Press, 2004 (2nd edition with New Introduction)

Available online from publisher, UTP, or by phone 416.978.2239 or from



The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is now accepting volunteer applicants to help out with our inaugural festival. Our not-for-profit festival celebrates films about workers, for workers and by workers.

Volunteers can be involved in many aspects of the festival from suggesting recent films for inclusion to helping throw media-related events like the one we are planning for Labour Day! As our festival launch draws closer we will also need people to help distribute leaflets, assemble media kits, as well as helping manage other volunteers. During the festival itself we’ll also need help taking tickets and individuals to act us ushers. There’s a place for everyone.

Upon request, volunteers will receive a letter reflecting their commitment and involvement in the festival.  Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to see the inner workings of a festival in its first year!

All volunteers should be:

* 18 years of age or older
* willing to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session
* committed, friendly, team players

The festival launches November 22nd in Toronto and runs until November 29th.  It launches country-wide November 28th. We will be holding volunteer orientations sessions in August through the start of November.

Please e-mail us at and with the word “Volunteer” in the subject line.


November 18-20, 2009

Living Our Values: Social Enterprise in Action 

Join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada at the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise taking place in Toronto, November 18-20, 2009.

The conference will consist of three days of training and work sessions toward a national policy agenda and action plan.

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Hosting the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise is the Social Enterprise Council of Canada (



A new book outlining how unions can help their laid off members, protect those still working, and prevent the gutting of their hard-won contracts – and their very unions themselves – has been published by Union Communication Services, Inc. (UCS).

Union Strategies for Hard Times: Helping Your Members and Building Your Union in the Great Recession, offers how-to counsel for unions as the continuing economic crisis ravages workers and threatens to destroy decades of collective bargaining gains. Urging leaders to avoid falling into a strictly defensive posture, it outlines how unions can seize the time and turn crisis into opportunity.

The author is Bill Barry, director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and a 40-year veteran of the movement. Barry calls on his long history of activism and years of “what works, what doesn’t” discussions with other leaders to come up with strategies to survive these terrible times and even use the crisis to build a better future.

Union Strategies for Hard Times outlines a frank and systematic program for union leaders, stewards and activists who want to respond aggressively to those employers and financial interests that would have working people and their institutions just shut up, be nice and accept what’s given them.

Topics in the book include:

* Hanging Tough at the Table
* New Tactics on Grievances
* Aiding and Mobilizing Members on Layoff
* Confronting Financial Strains
* Effective Communications for a New Day
* Where We are and How We Got Here

The book describes today’s challenges to unions representing workers in every sector of the economy and offers concrete, Organizing Model tactics to deal with them. No union activists who want to help their members — working or laid off — while defending and even growing their unions should be without this important book.

Barry is the author of I Just Got Elected – Now What: A New Union Officer’s Handbook. Both books are offered by Union Communication Services, Inc., publishers of The Union Steward’s Complete Guide, Steward Update newsletter and other tools for union activists. Union Strategies for Hard Times is available for $15 plus $3 shipping and handling from, 800-321-2545, or UCS Inc., 165 Conduit St., Annapolis MD 21401.



Thursday 8 –Friday 9 October 2009

* What are the values and traditions of workers’ education and how did they evolve?
* Why is internationalism so important for workers’ education?
* What are the similarities and differences between various models of workers’ education as practised by IFWEA affiliates in different countries?
* Are any of these workers’ education models appropriate for dealing with rising social exclusion and extremism that characterises 21st century societies?
* How do these models address political education and the building of social organisation and mobilisation?
* Should workers’ education focus on individual or systemic change? Can it do both, and if so, how?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the Workers’ Education as a Global Challenge international conference, which will be run in partnership with the School of Management and Labour Relations at Rutgers State University of New Jersey, and the Workers’ Education Association (ABF) of Sweden.

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For The Labor Studies Journal Conference Issue and Presentation at the United Association for Labor Education Conference
San Diego, CA
March 24-27, 2010

The Labor Studies Journal invites submission of papers on the theme of labor and environment. Best papers will be selected for presentation at the 2010 UALE Conference and afterwards will undergo the peer-review process for possible publication in the Labor Studies Journal Special Issue.

We welcome papers address issues including but not limited to the following:

* Coalition building between labor, environmental group, and other organizations in reversing climate change
* Organized labor’s effort in protecting workers or/and community from environmental harms
* Unions and workforce development for green jobs
* Unions’ role in creating a sustainable economy
* Unions’ political action in protecting the environment
* Labor and the environment in other countries
* International comparison on labor and the environment

Please send electronic copies of manuscript draft of 5 to 8 pages by December 10, 2009 to one of the guest editors, listed below. Full-length manuscripts are expected at the time of presentation at the conference in March.

Julie Martinez Ortega   
American Rights at Work   

Tracy Chang
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Labor Studies Journal is the official journal of the United Association for Labor Education ( and is a peer-reviewed journal. It publishes multidisciplinary research on work, workers, labor organizations, and labor studies and worker education in the United States and internationally.



Position Number 5610-0015
Closing Date: August 28, 2009 at 3:30 p.m

Job Description: Under the direction of the Coordinator of Negotiations, the Negotiator acts as chief spokesperson and chair of PSAC negotiating teams for bargaining units in the federal public and private sectors, and in provincial and territorial jurisdictions and represents the PSAC in third party dispute resolution processes such as conciliation, arbitration and mediation, in the context of federal and provincial labour legislation and the PSAC Constitution, regulations and policies. The Negotiator also provides advice and guidance to PSAC collective bargaining committees, elected officers and members on issues related to collective bargaining, including strike strategy and collective agreement interpretation.

A detailed job description is available on our website: or upon request. Closing Date: August 28, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. Please submit your résumé stating how your knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the qualifications of the position by mail to: Human Resources Section, PSAC, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0P1. By fax: (613) 248-4885, by e-mail:  If you apply by e-mail, do not send a duplicate by fax or regular mail.



1-2 September 2009

Understanding New Brunswick’s present by knowing about its past is the theme of a two-day bilingual conference on public policy and labour history to be held 1-2 September 2009 at the Wu Centre on UNB’s Fredericton campus.
The conference, Informing Public Policy:  Socio-economic and Historical Perspectives on Labour in New Brunswick, brings together researchers and community leaders from all parts of the province and also features keynote speakers from Laval, Harvard and Concordia universities.

Sessions include “ The Crisis in the Forest Industry”, “The Making of Labour Law and Public Policy”, “The Ongoing Crisis in Nursing”, “What Workers Need to Know: A Labour Education” and “L’Acadie at Work: The Survival and Development of Acadian Communities”.

Other highlights of the conference include the official launch of the New Brunswick Museum Nursing History Exhibition, a labour and business documents display by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, and multimedia and research poster displays by graduate students. 

The conference is a major event associated with “Re-Connecting with the History of Labour in New Brunswick:  Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues,” a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and led by researchers at the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton. To learn more about the CURA visit

Speakers will present in both English and French, and simultaneous translation is provided.
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For more information contact 453-4599 or email or



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Registration is now open for the 2009 Maytree Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 1, 2009, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto.

Join Toronto’s leaders and explore the universal power of storytelling, the art of creating compelling stories and how to use individual and organizational narratives as powerful tools for change. This year’s theme is Telling Stories; Creating Change. Keynote speaker is John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star. He’s followed by former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Tim Murphy, in conversation with Deena Ladd of the Workers’ Action Centre, moderated by CBC Radio’s Mary Wiens.

Workshops will include Online Communities and Offline Action, Building Your Public Narrative, Pitching Your Story to the Media and The New Front Page: Telling Your Organization’s Stories Online.

The day will end with a tenth-year celebration of Maytree’s scholarship program along with the release of an anniversary publication telling the students’ stories. The publication will also include policy insights on Canada’s refugee policies and programs.

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