Predicting the Future of Temporary Foreign Worker Programs… In the 1960s and 70s

Originally published on Active History on 4 October 2017. Republished here with permission. Edward Dunsworth The Thanksgiving season is often seized upon by farmworkers and activists to highlight agricultural workers’ contributions to society and the precarious conditions that so often characterize their work and life. In both Canada and the United States, farm labour activists have riffed on a popular motif which recognizes farmers, modifying it to some variation of: “Got Food? Thank a Farmworker.” In Canada, these messages have

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Good Enough to Work, Good Enough to Stay: Migrant Workers in Toronto and Canada – October 10th @ 7pm

Join us at Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil St.), on Tuesday, October 10th at 7pm for a panel discussion – Good Enough to Work, Good Enough to Stay: Migrant Workers in Toronto and Canada. While characterized as “temporary” foreign workers, migrant workers have been a permanent part of Canadian workforces and communities for decades. The Caribbean Domestic Scheme began in 1955, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program in 1966, and the last two decades have witnessed a massive growth in the number of TFWs working in

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The Story of Albert Jackson: Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm – 9 pm, A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St

The Story of Albert Jackson Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm – 9 pm A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1656830314621117/ Racialized workers experience higher rates of unemployment and precarious work. We are making a link between the Albert Jackson story of 1882 and the intersection of racism and precarious work today, as Canada celebrates 150 years in 2017. This event will see the launch of a new picture book by and for children about the story of

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The Myth of Vimy: War and Peace in Canada

The Myth of Vimy: War and Peace in Canada With Ian McKay, McMaster University JOIN US Monday 10 April, 2017, 7 p.m., Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street Workers have fought in wars. Workers have also opposed wars. On April 10 2017, we mark the 100th anniversary of the bloody battle of Vimy Ridge, where many workingmen died. Some voices are urging us to commemorate that slaughter as a noble, heroic struggle that “forged our nation.” Ian McKay, one of Canada’s

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Special Event: Remembering Workers’ Struggles in Toronto

Remembering Workers’ Struggles in Toronto Sunday, 28 May 2017 Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto, ON Co-sponsored by: Toronto Workers’ History Project Canadian Committee on Labour History Steelworkers Toronto Area Council   Program 10:00-:12:00 Walking Tours Craig Heron and David Kidd (starting outside Steelworkers’ Hall) 12:00-1:00 Workers’ History of Cecil St John Humphrey and Andy King (Steelworkers’ Toronto Area Council) 1:00-1:30 Lunch 1:30-2:00 Black Activism Matters: 5 Films Akua Benjamin (Ryerson University) 2:00-4:00 Popular Struggles Ester Reiter – Women in

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Theatre Group to Meet!

First Meeting of TWHP Theatre Discussion Group: April 5th, 7-9 pm, Steelworkers Hall The Theatre Discussion Group will discuss, explore, document, read and perhaps even perform Toronto workers’ theatre past and present. At our first meeting, we will discuss what we can do within the TWHP’s larger objectives. Please bring your ideas of what you’d like to do. Share This:

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TWHP Book Club

The Workers’ History Book Club meets once a month at the Steelworkers Hall Lounge. We pick a book that relates to workers in Toronto, either fiction or non-fiction. Our discussion include the larger context in which the book was written, how it relates to our current understandings of work and Toronto as a city, and how we could use alternate forms of history (storytelling, novels, plays) to keep workers’ history alive. We are currently reading Consolation by Michael Redhill. All

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