Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Bazant on MSN

Bazant is the only Canadian jewellery designer to be featured in this
MSN eco-fashion article.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

4th Annual TorontoTheBetter Movie Series starts October 21st

The 2008-09 4th Annual TorontoTheBetter Movie Series starts in just under two weeks:

TorontotheBetter & Students on Seven (SOS)
PWYC Film presentation

Who killed the electric car?
Tues. Oct 21 8.30-10.30pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)
252 Bloor St. W. (St. George Stn)
Rm 5-262
Q&A after the film

Co-sponsors: Bazant Unique Adornments, Libra

Sunday, 5 October 2008

7 October: World Day for Decent Work

World Day for Decent Work and other notices from this week's LabourStart email mailing list:


On October 7 2008 the trade union movement is organising a World Day for Decent
Work. This is an unparalleled opportunity for trade unions and organisations
interested in Decent Work all around the world to join a broad global
mobilisation involving a large number of people and a wide range of activities.
Full details are here:




The ITUC has reported death threats made against Eberto Díaz, the general
secretary of the agricultural workers union -- full details are here:


The UK-based Justice for Colombia has more details and suggestions for action:




Free web services like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Second Life are tempting
some unions to "outsource" some online activities. Is this a good idea? Check
out my recent column "Remember Twitter" -- and feel free to add your comments:




Britain's Trades Union Congress has launched an informal blog by staff "about
policy issues that are in the news, or ought to be". It's well worth a look:


Meanwhile, South Africa's COSATU has begun publishing a blog aimed at users of
cellphones. This is particularly important in a region of the world where the
number of cellphone users is far greater than those who own or use computers.
You can see the COSATU miniblog here:




As we focus on the world-wide struggle for decent work next week, the
publication of a new book reminding us that child labour is nothing new -- and
can be resisted -- is timely. "Kids on Strike!" tells the story of children
who stood up for their rights and organized in the garment industries of New
York, Chicago, and Philadelphia and the cotton mills of New England. The books
tells the stories of the messenger, bootblack and newsies strikes in New York
City and includes more than 100 photos. This is LabourStart's book of the week
-- by purchasing copies from our unionized bookseller you are supporting our
campaigning activities:


Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Labour Education Centre events, October 25th to November 2nd

More events from the Labour Education Centre:

Toronto Labour History: 1870s to 1970s:

November 1 & 2, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008
8:30 am -- 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am -- 4:30 pm Classes

Sunday, November 2, 2008
9:30 am -- 12:30 pm Classes

Labour History: 1870s ? 1970s
Explore a century of labour struggles in Toronto in this two day course. Labour
activist David Kidd will lead a Labour History Walking Tour in downtown Toronto
(1? hours). Special guest speakers will share stories from labour?s past.

LEC-CLC Weekend School:

Saturday, October 25, 9:30-4:30
Downtown location
Saturday, November 1, 9:00-4:30
OFL building, 15 Gervais Dr.

Migrant Workers in a Global Economy
Global migration poses challenges: for those who migrate, for the source countries,
and the host countries. Migration impacts the economy, our communities, and
the labour movement. Global migration is also the result of changes in the global
economy brought about by trade, investment, and labour policies. How have we
responded to the reality of global migration? How do we relate to the migrant
workers movement? What are the possibilities and challenges of collaboration
between labour and migrant workers movements? Learn more about these issues
and various strategies for coalition building.

Popular Education: Theory and Practice
Various movements for social change ? around the rights of workers, women, poor
people, peasants, people of colour ? were built on the principles and practice of
popular education, first in the global south and later in North America. This course
will be a practicum and clinic to further develop your ability to integrate analysis
and action not only to win campaigns but also to build community, capacity, and
critical consciousness among those you work with.

Women, Work and Power
Diverse groups of women make vital contributions to Canada?s society, labour
force, trade unions and social movements. Explore equity issues faced by women
in the workplace, feminization of poverty, precarious women workers, work-life
balance. Share experiences and strategies for change.

Stewards Training
This course will provide opportunities for Stewards to develop new and
proactive strategies to handle workplace issues, increase communication
with the membership and connect issues between the workplace and the
community. Building on the basic roles and responsibilities of Stewards, the
course will address ways to reach beyond the apathy and increase member
support and involvement through the grievance procedure and during the
collective bargaining process.

Collective Bargaining I
In preparation for bargaining, you must understand the legal and economic
factors affecting negotiations. The function of the bargaining committee, its
size and work in setting demands are part of your role. Course includes an
introduction to costing and COLA.

Arbitration I
The first step of the arbitration process will be covered; grievance investigation
and preparation for hearing; legal framework of arbitration; order of
proceeding; preliminary objections; and opening statements.

Union Action and Climate Change
Climate change is happening and its impact on all of us is growing. Droughts,
hurricanes, floods, blizzards, ice storms and tornados are all examples of the
severe consequences of our changing climate. If we don?t take action to stop it,
it is going to damage the world we live in and alter the way of life we now take
for granted.

In this course participants will learn about climate change, its causes, impacts
and mitigating solutions. They will also learn about the actions unions have
taken to address climate change and the actions they can take at home,
workplace and the community at large to tackle climate change.

Health and Safety Level I
To protect our membership we must know our rights in the contract and in
legislation. This course discusses union involvement in identification and
correction of workplace hazards, noise, legislation and principles of control.

Clear Language
This workshop will make the written word work with us and make our
communications reader friendly. There will be lots of hands-on practice.