Monday, 29 March 2010

Register Now For April 18, 2010 Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly

The Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly has been mentioned before in this blog, here's an event notice of theirs, courtesy of an email from the Centre for the Study of Education and Work:



The Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly, an organization committed to non-sectarian anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist and radical anti-oppression politics and to building unity and solidarity amongst the working class, defined in the broadest terms, is holding an assembly Sunday April 18, 2010 from 830am to 500pm. The Assembly is open to both members and supportive observers. Only members can vote. If you are not a member but would like to be one before the next Assembly visit:


Save the Date: LabourStart conference 9-11 July 2010; Hamilton, Ontario

In 2010, LabourStart will be holding its first international conference
at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) on 9-11 July.

We're working on a draft agenda right now.

If you think you might be interested in attending this conference, please visit our registration page and fill in your details.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

TorontotheBetter Bulletin - March 17, 2010

Welcome to the latest of our occasional TorontotheBetter bulletins.
- ANNOUNCING: Torontothebetter Movie series Twitter feed. Let us know what you think about our movie nights,and anything new that you'd like us to screen. We're on Twitter at

-Check out Pulp Kitchen, West End Food Co-op, Creative Works Studio and the other enterprises recently added to the TorontotheBetter directory at:

- As part of our role in a major new University of Toronto research project we are developing partnerships with TorontotheBetter enterprises on new community development programmes in the areas of food and bicycling.

- ATTENTION ALL - Torontothebetter seeks you: We are setting up a community board to further develop our TorontotheBetter initiative, designed by Libra, a unionized worker co-op, to improve the Toronto we all live in, by supporting and advancing a broad spectrum of community enterprises. If you have would like to serve on our board, contribute ideas, or just want to know more, contact us at:

- REMINDER: The next TorontotheBetter movie night is on Tues. March 23rd - for details see:

Sunday, 14 March 2010

The City Is A Sweatshop, March 19-20, 2010; Social Economy Symposium, April 12-13, 2010

Two events of interest from recent email notices:

no one is illegal - toronto is hosting a series of events on March 19th and 20th, with the aim of "creating a Sanctuary City that ensures justice and dignity for all." See the City is a Sweatshop 2010 for full details.

The University of Toronto Social Economy Centre is hosting an "opportunity for university researchers and community organizations to discuss cutting-edge research issues facing the social economy." See the 2010 Social Economy Symposium Preliminary Program for more details.

The keynote presentation will be by Michel Labbe, President and Founder of Options for Homes.

There is no cost for this event. However, registration is required

Saturday, 13 March 2010

MSN thanks supporters for defending Karnation workers in Philippines

A recent email thank you from the Maquila Solidarity Network:

"Dear friends;
On February 26th we asked MSN supporters to join us in defending workers at Karnation Industries in the Philippines, some of whom spent two-and-a-half years in prison following a strike at the factory, and were facing a return to prison after Karnation Industries filed a motion to revoke their bail.

Thank you to all of you who wrote letters on their behalf.

We are pleased to report that the company’s motion to revoke bail was denied by the courts, and that thanks to funds raised by trade unions in the UK and New Zealand, the last of the workers are due to be released on bail shortly."

For more information, see Karnation workers Defeat motion to revoke bail.

Monday, 8 March 2010

The Toronto Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (aka: Wobblies) has officially agreed to co-sponsor Michael Schmidt's 2010 Black Flame Ontario Book Tour...

"South African writer and activist Michael Schmidt, co-author of “Black Flame: The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism” will be in several Ontario cities between March 15 and March 21 to promote and discuss this important new book on the global history of anarchist movements and ideas.


March 20 - Toronto
3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Bahen Centre, Room 1220,
40 St. George Street
(University of Toronto)


Full details to follow soon.

For more information contact
and check for updates."

Demonstartion in support of locked out Cadillac Fairview workers; 9 March 2010

From an recent email sent out by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly Labour Caucus:


We’d like to tell you about an important action

The Assembly is planning a demonstration in support of the 61 locked
out Cadillac Fairview workers, members of Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers (CEP) Local 2003, at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, March 9th,
in front of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan offices at 5650 Yonge
Street (on the Northwest Corner of Yonge and Finch).

What’s so important about this issue?

The Cadillac Fairview workers struggle is an important battle for all
workers in Ontario and the GTA. The employer, Cadillac Fairview –
which made $1 billion last year – forced its maintenance workers on
strike, locked them out and later fired them. It replaced them with a
lower-paid workforce, in a carefully planned move to reduce labour
costs by breaking the union.

The employer’s actions also represent an attack on all workers’ rights
to bargain collectively and strike. If we can be fired when our union
disagrees with the boss’s demands the very notion of collective
bargaining is threatened. This is seen as a kind of model for many
other employers across the province, one of series of ongoing attacks
on workers. They are watching carefully to see how this ends up.
CF is wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which has
the power to end this outrageous situation. Teachers unions support
the workers and have no voice in the operation of the OTPP.
Please come out on March 9th and bring others with you.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Vancouver Olympics end, Play Fair 2012 Campaign begins

A prompt and timely email notice from our friends at the Maquila Solidarity Network:

"As the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games wraps up the Playfair 2012 coalition has launched its campaign for an ethical London Summer Olympic Games. Playfair 2012 wants the organizers of the London Olympics to ensure that workers making sportswear for the 2012 Games won’t be working in appalling and degrading conditions, and that all Olympic-branded goods will be ethically produced."