Labour’s Antiques Road Show

History is not always found in books. It’s found in the stories of workers and their experiences. History is the telling of those stories. It’s also found in the objects they keep which remind them of the struggles and the gains they made to help all workers.  Join us for a very special evening when workers share some of the memorabilia and storied items they’ve kept over the years. Often kept, and then left for those who survive them, these

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Slavery in Ontario

Coming 11 November, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.Slavery in Ontario ‘The Dearness of Labour’: Enslaved Labourers in Colonial OntarioNatasha Henry will discuss her PhD research on the Black people enslaved in colonial Ontario and how their lives as forced labourers enriched settler families and the development of the province. Natasha will share narratives of enslaved individuals to counter Black fungibility and restore the humanity of the enslaved.   PANELIST Natasha Henry is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She  is an

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Whatever Happened to Gay Liberation?

A discussion with Tom Hooper and Tim McCaskell Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. It’s been fifty years since the Stonewall riot that launched a new phase of gay organizing and since the controversial amendments to the Canadian Criminal Code that allegedly “decriminalized” gay sex. In the decade after those events, new political organizing within Toronto’s LGBTQ community fought for a radical vision of “Gay Liberation.” Organizations, newspapers, demonstrations, and celebrations blossomed. But the impact of that political

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Organizing Precarious Academic Labour

with Deborah Littman, Roland Nelson, Stephanie Ross, and Richard Wellen Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. In recent decades, universities have turned increasingly to the use of poorly paid instructors on short-term contracts without any job security. Today a majority of university classes are taught by these workers. Since the 1970s, precariously employed university workers in Toronto have organized to improve the terms of their employment, first in the Graduate Assistants Association, then the Canadian Union of Educational Workers,

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RESCHEDULED | Film Screening | City Builders: A History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Post-war Toronto

Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. RESCHEDULED due to weather. Please note the new date below. Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. This film focuses on the labour organization of Italian immigrant workers in the residential construction sector, known at the time as “the jungle” due to its terrible working conditions and widespread exploitation by developers and (sub)contractors. Led by the charismatic Bruno Zanini, a petty criminal and aspiring opera singer-turned-labour organizer, and the thundering Charles Irvine — a shillelagh-wielding Scottish immigrant who

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Workers and Sport in Toronto | Jan. 8, 7pm

Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. Sports have long been a crucial expression of working-class cultures and experiences. Many workers played sports as a leisure activity after a long week on the job, and sports clubs and teams were often important branches of political, ethnic, or religious organizations. Sports have also been the site of struggle. Working peoples have fought for the right to play sports and access to spaces in which to do so. Immigrant and racialized communities have pushed

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