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What's New: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age: There Are No Shortcuts

by Jane McAlevey | September 8, 2016

For several decades in the middle of the last century, millions of workers of all ethnicities woke up on Labor Day each year and headed for their local Labor Day march. Arm in arm they walked down the streets, singing songs of solidarity. It’s no accident that in those same years, income inequality was falling, not rising. The day in, day out preoccupation of people deeply concerned about promoting positive, progressive social change back then was building a strong workers’ movement.



Bullet #1302: Are Chicago Teachers Headed Toward a Strike?

by Lee Sustar | September 8, 2016

A three-cornered battle between a budget-slashing mayor (Rahm Emanuel), a union-busting governor (Bruce Rauner) and determined teachers (CTU) could result this fall in the second public school strike in Chicago in four years. At the center of the battle is an effort to force Chicago teachers to pay the equivalent of 7 per cent of their base pay in additional pension costs, reversing an agreement made with the Chicago Teachers Union in lieu of a raise.



What's New: Trade deals of yesteryear sow seeds of impending Trexit

by Mel Watkins | September 7, 2016

Trexit. You read it first here on the good enough margin of empire. T is for Trump. Rhymes with Brexit. Occurring at the same time, with an ocean in between, there has to be something in common. Brexit is about Britain leaving the EU. Trexit is about the U.S. leaving the present NAFTA should Trump become President. He says he will 'totally renegotiate' under the threat of an American withdrawal otherwise. That's only one of a trillion things Trump would do but as Trump would say 'believe me, it's absolutely got to happen.' His reasons are all about Mexico. We, Canada, are simply collateral damage.



What's New: Canada Will 'Wildly Miss' Its Greenhouse Gas Targets

by Justin Ling | September 7, 2016

If Canada wants to get even close to the targets it signed on to this week at the United Nations, it's going to have to do a lot more. And Canadians are going to feel the pinch. That's according to a new report that says that Canada's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to stay flat over the next 15 years. The report was released just a day before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed a document at the UN, committing to a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.



What's New: Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change, this 'carbon accountant' says

by Douglas Starr | September 7, 2016

Last month, geographer Richard Heede received a subpoena from Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Smith, a climate change doubter, became concerned when the attorneys general of several states launched investigations into whether ExxonMobil had committed fraud by sowing doubts about climate change even as its own scientists knew it was taking place.



What's New: Tribal Dakota Pipeline Resistance the Start of Something Bigger

by Jacqueline Keeler | September 6, 2016

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced via its Facebook page on Sept. 1 that 188 Tribes, or Native Nations, from across the United States and Canada have declared their support for the Lakota/Dakota Tribes’ fight to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline carrying heavy Bakken crude oil from crossing the Missouri River and threatening the sovereign nations’ main water source.



What's New: Trudeau's new pipeline process: worse than National Energy Board?

by Will Horter | September 6, 2016

First Nations leaders left in the dark. The public, once again, denied the chance to speak. Add to that a clear conflict of interest at the heart of the panel chosen to review Kinder Morgan’s pipeline proposal and you have a recipe for yet more lawsuits and squandered public trust. It didn’t have to be this way. After nearly 10 years under Stephen Harper, British Columbians were yearning for a government that cared about public input and would actually listen to them.



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Labour forum: Understanding the 'Gig Economy'

Understanding the 'Gig Economy'
The Global Labour Research Centre (York University), the Socialist Project, and the Centre for Social Justice are pleased to host a talk on "Understanding the 'Gig Economy': the Political Economy of Platform Capitalism."

with Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire.

The recent explosive growth of online platforms for managing labour has brought mixed responses. Is it a prefigurative model of a new post-capitalist form of work organisation? Or is capitalism up to its old tricks? Drawing on recent research on 'crowd work' in Europe, Ursula Huws will provide a critical analysis of platform capitalism, placing it in the context of the new wave of restructuring and accumulation following the 2007-7 financial crisis.

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