Thursday, June 1, 2017
This panel invites Toronto labour leadership to respond to a comparative book on labour strategy and political action in Toronto and New York City, titled Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change (Cornell ILR Press, Spring 2017). The book discusses how local unions in four sectors (hospitality, film, green energy and child care) seek to advance organizing and collective bargaining goals through the reregulation of their respective sectors. Union strategy is evaluated according to whether it succeeds in achieving narrow trade union goals while also addressing broader class demands and social justice criteria. The Toronto chapters were written by CAWLS members who will be in attendance during the panel, including Steven Tufts, James Nugent, Thorben Wieditz and Simon Black. The panel will include leadership of the unions discussed in the Toronto chapters, including John Cartwright, president, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Lis Pimental, president, UNITE HERE Local 75, as well as local leadership from CUPE child care and IATSE (to be confirmed). Panel members will be asked to respond to the volume as a whole, the chapters that address their sectors specifically, as well as the broader theme of labour politics in the city. The panel will be presided by the volume editor Ian MacDonald (Université de Montréal).
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.