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Mar 29, 2018 - Book Launch: The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism

When: Thursday, March 29th, 7pm
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Kevin Skerrett (Research Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees) and Chris Roberts (National Director of Social and Economic Policy for the Canadian Labour of Congress) discuss the significance of their edited book, The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2018). Heather Whiteside and Janice Folk-Dawson speak to the issues the book raises for the trade union and working-class movements today.

Book description: it is often hoped and assumed that union stewardship of pension investments will produce tangible and enduring benefits for workers and their communities while minimizing the negative effects of what are now global and intensely competitive capital markets. At the core of this book is a desire to question the proposition that workers and their organizations can exert meaningful control over pension funds in the context of current financial markets. Contributing authors review the recent experience of pension "austerity" by comparing the situations of Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. The concluding chapter argues that the central implication of this recent history is an urgent need for a re-orientation of trade union and working class movements to a demand for adequate, universal pension provision that is no longer embedded in financial markets.

Co-sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre, Socialist Project
Mar 23, 2018 - Provincial Strategy Meeting

When: March 23 and 24
Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

The Fight for $15 and Fairness is hosting a Provincial Strategy Meeting which will take place on March 23 and 24. Registration ends on March 15.

When: March 23rd, 6:30pm
Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.

Join us at this FREE public forum to learn about the important labour law reforms we've won in Ontario, how we can protect our gains and extend our victories so that every single worker receives at least $15 an hour and fairness at work. With special guest Bhairavi Desai, founder of the New York Taxi Workers' Alliance.

Bhairavi Desai knows firsthand that mobilization must go beyond elections. In response to the racist and Islamophobic immigration laws introduced by US President Donald Trump, New York taxi drivers' shut down the JFK airport in January 2018. | Facebook event
Mar 23, 2018 - National Day of Action #Defend the Water

When: Friday, March 23rd, 12noon
Where: MP Carolyn Bennett's office, 40 Holly St.

On March 23rd, people across the country will take to the streets for a National Day of Action to Defend the Water. We'll gather outside our MP's offices, and then go inside to deliver samples of water collected from the coastline in BC threatened by Kinder Morgan oil spills. With the power of water from the frontlines of resistance, we'll demand that our MPs put pressure on Trudeau to stop pushing for the pipeline.
Mar 24, 2018 - March For Our Lives

When: Saturday, March 24th, 10am; 11:15 march to US Consulate (360 University)
Where: Maat at Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall

Please join Communities for Zero Violence as we march in Solidarity with our US neighbors in the March for Our Lives on Saturday March 24, 2018.

We will meet at 10 AM at City Hall (100 Queen St.W). We will have various community speakers at City Hall and Queens Park where our march will end.

The time for change is NOW! We need to let our Government know that we are fed up with our communities being shattered by guns and that we stand side by side with the US students and communities in their fight.

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