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What's New: The murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov

by Roger Annis | March 2, 2015

The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond is compiling reports and analysis of the murder of Russian political figure Boris Nemtsov. This includes the filmed comments in Feb. 2012 by Vladimir Putin to a Russian audience warning of violent provocations that would aim to destabilize Russia.

What's New: Rich get richer from fewer labor unions, study says

| March 2, 2015

A study by the International Monetary Fund tracked three decades of income and found that as unionization declined, the wealth of the richest 10 per cent in advanced countries showed a continuous increase.

What's New: Power from the People

by Florence Jaumotte, Carolina Osorio Buitron | March 2, 2015

Inequality has risen in many advanced economies since the 1980s, largely because of the concentration of incomes at the top of the distribution. Measures of inequality have increased substantially, but the most striking development is the large and continuous increase in the share of total income garnered by the 10 per cent of the population that earns the most -- which is only partially captured by the more traditional measure of inequality, the Gini coefficient.

LeftStreamed: Green Jobs

March 1, 2015

We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the meaning of 'green work' in capitalist societies of endless production and consumption for the purposes of profits? If we scale back on tar sands, fracking, and other dirty energy projects, as we must, workers who lose their jobs will need retraining, temporary income support, and a green energy infrastructure to work in. This will require a whole range of collective investments and decisions.

What's New: The "Snipers' Massacre" on the Maidan in Ukraine

by Ivan Katchanovski | February 28, 2015

This paper is an updated and revised version of the first academic study on the mass killing of the Euromaidan protesters and police in the Maidan area of Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 20, 2014. This massacre is crucial from both political science and politics perspectives because it represented a turning point in Ukrainian politics; in particular, it led to the government's overthrow and was a tipping point in the escalating conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. The research question is which side was involved in the "snipers' massacre."

What's New: Dynamite: the story of class violence in America

by Louis Adamic | February 28, 2015

Complete PDF of Louis Adamic's superb history of class violence in the USA. It traces the origins of gangsterism and racketeering in unions in the 1930s to its roots in workers needing to defend themselves from the armed violence of the state and bosses' thugs.

What's New: The rise of Europe's new Left

by Bryan Evans | February 27, 2015

A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of a failing capitalism unable to deliver the broad-based prosperity and stability it once did. And in several countries, it is even less than this. As the Great Financial Crisis deepened and spread through 2007-08, alarmed governments and central banks mobilized an unprecedented intervention. The rapid and unexpected reanimation of Keynesianism encouraged Centre-left types to declare the Reagan-Thatcher neoliberal counter-revolution dead. Recent history has proven otherwise.

Bullet #1086: The Disaster in Libya

by Greg Shupak | February 27, 2015

The title of Horace Campbell's book on NATO's 2011 Libyan intervention, Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, is an allusion to a Guardian article by Seumas Milne entitled, "If the Libyan war was about saving lives, it was a catastrophic failure." Echoing Milne's use of "catastrophic" is apt. Claudia Gazzini of the liberal NGO International Crisis Group points out that, if the casualty figures provided by Libya's National Transitional Council are accurate, "the death toll subsequent to the seven-month NATO intervention was at least ten times greater than the tally of those killed in the first few weeks of the conflict" before NATO intervened.

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VIDEO: A day in the life of a student striker March 26, 2015

It's Official: The Pentagon Finally Admitted That Israel Has Nuclear Weapons, Too March 26, 2015

Athens: Crisis, racism & new figures of resistance March 26, 2015

Rules of war pertaining to Canada's planned bombing in Syria March 26, 2015

Why We Can't Afford the Rich March 26, 2015

Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously March 26, 2015

McMaster students vote to support BDS boycott campaign March 26, 2015

Syriza and Its Discontents March 26, 2015

The Growing Degradation of Work and Life, and What We Might Do to End It March 26, 2015

TTC shutdown: Poor funding leads to poor transit, TTCriders says March 26, 2015

5 Charts show math doesn't add up in new public sector wage attack by CFIB March 26, 2015

A Review of: Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor's Past to Reignite Public Sector Union March 26, 2015

The Rise of Podemos March 25, 2015

What's Next for Greece? Debating Syriza's Options March 25, 2015

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7:00pm, Thursday March 26, 2015
Ryerson University, POD358, 350 Victoria St, Toronto.

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Phyllis Clarke memorial lecture: Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives

Low-wages are increasingly a problem for workers in many parts of the world. In the past two years, wages have remained flat in most wealthy countries and in some countries average wages are still below the levels pre-financial crisis. Workers in some global south countries like China have seen average wages rise, but these are usually still far below a living wage. Opponents claim that raising wages can lead to unemployment and higher prices. What do we know about the impact of minimum wage and living wage laws? What is the potential for these policies, and movements, to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of low-wage workers? In this talk, I will review the situation for low-wage workers globally and discuss the increased activity seen to raise wages through legislation, worker organizing and strikes

Stephanie Luce is Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the CUNY School for Professional Studies, and member of the Department of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Luce received her both her Ph.D. in sociology and her M.A. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Labor Center, and has worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, a Congressional Commission on Agricultural Workers, the Center for Wisconsin Strategy and the Political Economy Research Institute. Best known for her research on living wage campaigns and movements, she is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage, and co-author of two other books on wage standards: The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy, and The Measure of Fairness. Her current research focuses on globalization and labor standards, labor-community coalitions, and retail work. She is co-editor of What Works for Workers? Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage. Her most recent book is Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.
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