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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 | 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.

Vol. | Issue | WINTER 2016-2017
McCOLLEGE CREDITS, SUPERSIZED!
By Erika Shaker
McDonald's has tried to forge a "special" relationship with schools for years. The corporation's latest foray into the Canadian education arena is taking the form of a massive, province-wide partnership with Colleges Ontario.

Vol. | Issue | WINTER 2017
CLIMATE/JUSTICE: Canada's Standing Rock(s)
By James Hutt
South of the border, a struggle against a pipeline and for the self-determination of a people has been capturing international attention. At home, dozens of similar struggles are playing out across the country. One question lies at the heart of each of them: what is the relationship between Indigenous people and the Canadian government?

Vol. | Issue | WINTER 2016
PASSING THE TORCH: Dinah Greenberg (1959 - 2016)
By Lorraine Endicott
"Don't worry about it. We can fix it." These were words Our Times' beloved long-time art director, Dinah Greenberg, lived by. She is gone now, but her joyous and creative spirit lives on in our hearts, and in the pages of Our Times—a magazine that continues on very much because of Dinah's decades of commitment to this labour of love. Thank you, Dinah.

Vol. | Issue | FALL 2016
CLIMATE/JUSTICE: Testing Trudeau's Climate Rhetoric
By James Hutt
A year ago Trudeau promised a 180-degree shift on most of the Harper government's policies, especially on climate change. Yet, one year later, his lofty promises have little substance to show for them. His government is in bed with the oil and gas industry, just as cozily as Harper's was. It's time Trudeau turned his rhetoric into reality.

Vol. | Issue | SUMMER 2016
WEBWORK: Quidi Vidi & Virtual Organizing
By Derek Blackadder
In which I speak of muck, walking tours, the changing structure of work, and working-class insurgency — all from Port Union, Newfoundland, the only union-built town in the country.

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