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The Struggle for Decent Work and Wages


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Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (in Ontario, Canada), has been referred to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Over 10 days in July in 10 different cities, the Committee heard deputations on the Bill. In August, the Committee will review the Bill “clause-by-clause” to decide what, if any, amendments will be made to the legislation.

While supporters of the Fight for $15 and Fairness are calling for important amendments – such as eliminating the sub-minimum wage rates for students and liquor servers, strengthening the language for equal pay for equal work, improving the scheduling provisions, adding more paid leave days and simplifying the process by which workers join unions – the ruling class is not rolling over so quickly. “The Fight for $15 & Fairness isn’t over. It’s just gearing up” ... continue reading.

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Palestinian Dispossessions, Canada and the Jewish National Fund


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The Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been the key tool used by Israel to dispossess Palestinians of their lands for over a century. It also discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel in the provision of land and housing, and appropriates lands in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of international law.

Canadian taxpayers subsidize these activities, as the JNF has a fundraising office in Canada that has had charitable status since 1967.

Join with Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) in calling on the Minister of National Revenue to revoke JNF Canada's charitable status NOW!

Sign our petition here.



Socialist Studies 50th Anniversary Plenary:

Socialism Historically and Today

Toronto – 1 June 2017


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This year, the Society for Socialist Studies (SSS) turns fifty, and celebrated its anniversary at its annual conference at Congress 2017, hosted by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario from May 30 – June 2, 2017.

The theme of the Conference for 2017 was “Liberation Here and Now: Continuity and Change in Socialist Studies at 50 Years and Beyond.” Diverging from the Congress theme, “From Far and Wide: The Next 150,” the SSS called upon participants to fundamentally ‘trouble’ Project Canada, to celebrate past and future resistances and solidarities, and to engage in dialogue on how to get to a decolonized praxis and collective liberation here and now.

The Committee on Socialist Studies was formed in 1967 at the Learned Societies Conference (now called the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences) at Carleton University in Ottawa. Its current activities can be found at socialiststudies.ca.

The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies is published at socialiststudies.com.

A history of the Society for Socialist Studies can be found here: “Society for Socialist Studies: The Early Years, 1967 – 1978.” Also, see “Roundtable on the History of the Society of Socialist Studies.”

“Socialism Historically and Today: A Panel of Three-Minute Interventions” was introduced and moderated by Abbie Bakan (OISE/University of Toronto), and Elaine Coburn (Glendon/York University). Participants:

This was recorded at the Society for Socialist Studies congress 2017, visit their channel.


LS #Date PublishedTitle 
80. 12 December 2010 Public Sector Unionism, Austerity and the Left Gindin, Sam
A teach-in with leading Canadian labour analyst Sam Gindin explores the present crisis, its meaning and how we might get beyond it. Recorded November 29, 2010.
79. 9 December 2010 The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development Lebowitz, Michael
Prof. Michael Lebowitz discussing aspects of his book The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development, at the Maritime Labour Center in Vancouver, British Columbia.
78. 30 November 2010 Rally to Stop the Closure of 120 Beds OCHU/CUPE
This rally was held in front of the Ministry of Health to oppose the cut of 120 beds (one-third of its total) at Providence Healthcare. Recorded in Toronto, November 26, 2010.
77. 28 November 2010 Launch: Alternate Routes Fanelli, Carlo; Chris Hurl; Rebecca Shein; James Meades
The following video showcased the panel discussion held at the launch of Alternate Routes' latest issue, "Saving Global Capitalism: Interrogating Austerity and Working Class Responses to Crises." Recorded in Ottawa, November 5, 2010.
76. 21 November 2010 Capitalism and Confrontation Palmer, Bryan
Legacies From the Past. Keynote address by Bryan Palmer. Recorded at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC), Ottawa, March 19, 2010.
75. 14 November 2010 Forum on Bolivia with Dr. Hugo Salvatierra Salvatierra, Hugo
Dr. Hugo Salvatierra is one of Evo Morales's top advisors and a founder of the MAS in Bolivia. Salvatierra is a founder of the MAS and the Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture and the Environment in the first MAS Cabinet.
74. 7 November 2010 Unite-Here! Local 75 on Strike Unite-Here!
Workers from Unite-Here! Local 75 - on strike against the Delta Chelsea hotel in Toronto. The workers are fighting for safer workloads, fair wages and workplace dignity! Check with the union before making your reservations! Recorded October 30 and 31, 2010.
73. 31 October 2010 Workers' Control, Workers' Councils and the Social Economy Lebowitz, Michael
Presentation by Michael Lebowitz made in August 2009 at ALCASA in Ciudad Guayana in the state of Bolivar, Venezuela. ALCASA is the state aluminum company, currently functioning under workers control and a key part of the 'Socialist Plan for Guayana.'
72. 28 October 2010 Building Labour Resistance Guest, Don; Michael Hurley, Monica McKenzie
Winning Strategies in Difficult Times - a forum organized by the Labour Caucus of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded October 26, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.
71. 22 October 2010 How Labour is (Part of) the Problem in Building the Left Fox Piven, Frances
Lecture by: Professor Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center. A leading scholar and political activist, Frances Fox Piven was recently president of the American Sociological Association and is former Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is Keeping Down the Black Vote (2009).
70. 4 October 2010 NO Fare IS Fair
Start of the campaign to win free and accessible transit for the GTA. A project of the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded October 2, 2010 at Christie Pits, Toronto.
69. 26 September 2010 Race, Class and Crisis Reed, Adolph
What New Possibilities for the U.S. Left? – with Adolph Reed. Recorded September 24, 2010, Toronto, Canada.
68. 21 September 2010 Rally in Support of Alex Hundert
G20 defendant and alleged 'ringleader' Alex Hundert appeared in court on Saturday September 18, 2010 for an alleged breach of his existing bail condition to not participate in any public demonstration. The police and Crown have made the preposterous and unbelievable claim that Alex's two public speaking events on university campuses in Kitchener and Toronto are public demonstrations.
67. 19 September 2010 Do We Pull the Monster Down? Carroll, William
A music video that comments on some of the salient contradictions of the post-9/11 conjuncture, one year into the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
66. 12 September 2010 Book Launch: Power in Coalition Tattersall, Amanda and Natalie Mehra
Launch of Power in Coalition - which includes a chapter on the Ontario Health Coalition's campaigns to save Medicare and against P3s. Recorded September 7, 2010, Toronto.
65. 9 September 2010 So Said Tony Hayward Carroll, William
A music video featuring imagery dredged from the internet - about the BP oil spill and its disastrous impacts, focused around the story of BP CEO Tony Hayward's hapless efforts to spin and manage a massive, and televisually spectacular, environmental catastrophe.
64. 24 August 2010 Economic Crisis? Who Pays?
Forum and organizing meeting on the government's proposed public sector wage freeze.
63. 19 July 2010 Free and Accessible TTC! Cowen, Deb; Karen Sun; Franz Hartmann
Discussion about free and accessible transit in Toronto organized by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly. Recorded July 16, 2010 in Toronto.
62. 16 July 2010 Bargaining in an Era of Wage Restraint Gindin, Sam; Michael Hurley
Re-thinking strategies for the public sector - with Sam Gindin and Michael Hurley. Recorded June 19, 2010 in Toronto.
61. 28 June 2010 Justice for Our Communities: No to G8/G20!
From June 25th and 27th, 2010, the world's twenty richest countries (the G8 and G20) will send their ruling elite, along with heads of the IMF and World Bank, to meet in Huntsville and then in Toronto, to talk exploitation, wealth, and greed. Recorded June 25, Toronto.
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