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Talking About Organizing: A Series

This is an active online archive of commentaries and stories, first published in Our Times, about the experience of union organizing: what works and what doesn't. It's also the place where you'll find Our Times' columnist Derek Blackadder's WebWork series archived; articles about online resources for union activists.

"Organizing is important," writes labour educator Elaine Bernard in "The Power to Change Things." "But it needs to be more than simply signing up new members. Rather, the future of unions and their power rests with an informed, committed membership who understand that they are the union and that the power of the union rests with them."

If you would like to add to this discussion and submit a constructive commentary or story about organizing, contact the editor. Send an e-mail to editor@ourtimes.ca or call 902.755.6840

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Vol. | Issue | SPRING 2018
COMMEMORATING GINGER GOODWIN 100 YEARS ON
By Brian Charlton
Labour martyr Ginger Goodwin has never been forgotten, and on the upcoming 100th anniversary of his death, Cumberland, BC will be honouring his memory in a big way on Miners Memorial Weekend.

Vol. | Issue | WINTER 2017-18
WEBWORK: Facebook Phooey & Organizing
By Derek Blackadder
Need a break from the trenches of online struggle but don't want to stray too far from your digital home? Check out TUC's (Trade Union Congress, UK) discussion paper called "Shaping Our Digital Future."

Vol. | Issue | WINTER 2017-18
CLIMATE/JUSTICE: No Fare is Fair
By James Hutt
While no Canadian cities have eliminated fares altogether, many have made public transit partially free. What can't we make it completely free, for everyone? If Estonia can do it, we can too.

Vol. | Issue | FALL 2017
WEBWORK: Millennials, Pensioners & Workampers
By Derek Blackadder
Most Canadian unions that attempt a regular video news or organizing effort give it up as not worth the investment in time and bandwidth. But if you and yours haven't yet given it a spin, mebbe video pods' time has come.

Vol. | Issue | FALL 2017
BURKAS AND BILL 62
By Archana Rampure
No one has to like niqabs or burkas or even headscarves. And Quebecers who don't like niqabs don't have to wear them. But they absolutely have to respect the rights of women to wear what they please.

Vol. | Issue | FALL 2017
WHEN HATE GOES PUBLIC
By Haseena Manek
"I would never support blanket censorship. But everybody is so afraid of being accused of these things that we really fall into their hands," says Toronto Public Library Workers Union president Maureen O'Reilly, of the extreme far-right and white supremacists.

Vol. | Issue | SUMMER 2017
A BURNING QUESTION: Coal or Tires
By James Hutt
LafargeHolcim, the world's third largest building supplies company, wants to burn 400,000 used tires a year at its cement plant just four kilometres away from the village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia. Should we be worried?

Vol. | Issue | SPRING 2017
DAVIS DAY: COAL MINERS & COMMUNITY CONNECTION
By Debra McNabb
Twenty-five years after the Westray explosion, people in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and across Canada, are reminded of the burden of sorrow carried by coal mining communities everywhere. We share a heritage of lasting grief, but we also share a history of community connection.

Vol. | Issue | SPRING 2017
DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL: SANCTUARY CITIES
By James Hutt
Sanctuary cities can offer safety and security for people forced to migrate due to catastrophic climate change. We need more such cities, and more resources for those already in place.

Vol. | Issue | SPRING 2017
BC SCHOOLS PROJECT: DAY OF MOURNING
By Janet Nicol
Teaching the next generation of workers how to be safe on the job is becoming an annual event in BC high schools, through the Day of Mourning BC Schools Project.

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