Toronto Workers and World War II + Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. September 20 is the 80th anniversary Canada declaring war on Germany in 1939. The next six years of World War II shook up the lives of workers in Canada and around the world. Mikhail Bjorge, author of the forthcoming book The Workers’ War, will talk to us about how workers in Toronto waged their own war on the home front. The meeting will begin with the TWHP Annual General Meeting. ACCESSIBILITY INFO: Steelworkers Hall

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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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Year-End Fun: AGM, Book Launch, Music & more! Dec. 4, 7pm, Steelworkers’ Hall

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. Join us for an evening of fun and building towards TWHP’s 2019. At 7:00pm, we will hold our Annual General Meeting, featuring reports from the Executive Committee, Treasurer, and Archives Committee. We will also elect the Executive Committee for 2019. All are welcome to the AGM, though only TWHP members in good standing may vote. At 7:30pm, the general programme will begin, featuring a book launch of Craig Heron’s Working Lives: Essays in Canadian Working-Class

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