Abstract

Many of the workers’ rights activities going on in Canada today form a nexus of education, union-renewal-oriented organizing, and anti-racist social- change initiatives. My dissertation on The Social Organization of the Ontario Minimum Wage Campaign (OMWC) is a case-study exploration of community and union workers’ rights organizing throughout the 2001 to 2007 period of the campaign. For my research I employed Institutional Ethnography (IE) to explicate the social relations of class, race, gender and bureaucracy. In this paper I look primarily at the relationship between labour education and workers-rights organizing goals and activities in the last phase of the campaign.

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union, community, and workers rights organizing, labour education, anti-racism

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Exploring the Social Relations of Education and Organizing In the Ontario Minimum Wage Campaign1

Many of the workers’ rights activities going on in Canada today form a nexus of education, union-renewal-oriented organizing, and anti-racist social- change initiatives. My dissertation on The Social Organization of the Ontario Minimum Wage Campaign (OMWC) is a case-study exploration of community and union workers’ rights organizing throughout the 2001 to 2007 period of the campaign. For my research I employed Institutional Ethnography (IE) to explicate the social relations of class, race, gender and bureaucracy. In this paper I look primarily at the relationship between labour education and workers-rights organizing goals and activities in the last phase of the campaign.