Labour

Green Syndicalism: an alternative red/green vision

A new book! Just released from Syracuse University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8156-3307-5 (6X9, 280pgs. notes, Bibliography | Index) From the pre-published proofs, here is a PDF with the full Table of Contents, Preface & Acknowledgements. About the book:

It is widely understood that the burdens of ecological destruction are borne disproportionately by working-class and poor communities, both through illness and disease caused by pollutants and through the depletion of natural resources from which they make a living. Yet, consistently, the voices of the working class are the most marginalized, excluded, and silenced when discussing how to address ecological concerns and protect the environment from future destruction. Both mainstream environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, and radical environmentalists, such as EarthFirst!, are reluctant to engage with working-class and poor communities, often viewing blue-collar workers as responsible for the destruction these groups are trying to prevent. In Green Syndicalism, Shantz issues a call to action to the environmental movement and labor activists, particularly rank and file workers, to join forces in a common struggle to protect the environment from capitalism, corporate greed, and the extraction of resources. He argues for a major transformation to address the "jobs versus the environment" rhetoric that divides these two groups along lines of race and class. Combining practical initiatives and theoretical perspectives, Shantz

Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests

A solid, insightful collection of essays about the G20 battle in Toronto has just been released from Between the Lines Press: Whose Streets? The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest, editors: Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth [Table of Contents]

Jeff wrote chapter 6: Unions, Direct Action and the G20 Protests: Obstacles and Opportunities. Look for a Kwantlen Launch party/fundraiser for defendants early in the new year.

Capital Offences: Excusing Suite Crimes and Elite Deviance

With the Conservative government in Canada pushing its omnibus crime bill which targets street crimes of the working classes for harsher punishment it is critical to address the more serious suite crimes carried out by economic and political elites which are not only routinely overlooked but actually supported by the same governments that prattle on about “public safety.” Perpetrators of corporate deviance, who profit from unsafe working conditions for their employees, the release of dangerous toxins into the air and water, the sale of faulty products and fraudulent business practices among other acts, present ongoing economic, social and physical threats. Yet those responsible for such activities rarely appear in the media or court records. They receive far less attention than deviant youth whose actions may be much less harmful.

Anarchy in the Unions: Contemporary Anarchists at Work

An article looking at anarchists' involvement in rank-and-file committees and flying squads in Canada.
[This article was laid out as an A4 fold-over pamphlet for photocopy distribution by Punching Out Press.]

[This article was published in Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society, September 2009 and on libcom.org]

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