Public Event - Everyone Welcome

Thursday, November 28, 2013 (7 to 8:30 pm)

OUR Communities. OUR country. OUR world. OUR economy.*

A public event featuring Jim Stanford, PhD, economist with the Unifor.

How can people effectively navigate this increasingly globalized and fragmented world, where corporate power trumps that of elected governments? What can we do when we are systematically stripped of our democratic right to information so that we can provide feedback and make recommendations about policy decisions that profoundly affect our government’s ability to act in our best interests; when our freedom to dissent and resist becomes criminalized or labelled as terrorism; when governments enact legislation with the specific intent to crush organized resistance and dissent, such as labour unions provide?

Economist Jim Stanford will talk about these and other economic and political factors that affect how Canadians organize themselves to represent their interests, recreate democratic processes, and reclaim and transform an economic system that has been hi-jacked by global corporate tycoons. He will tell the story of how two unions, CAW and CEP (Communications, Energy and Paperworkers), began to talk about doing things differently, how that conversation ultimately resulted in the formation of Unifor, Canada’s newest and largest labour union, and what the NFU might learn from Unifor’s experience.

Everyone is welcome - Admission is free.