TUED-related events at the World Social Forum in Montreal, August 9th-13th, 2016

Unions Organizing around Energy Democracy, Climate Jobs and Just Transition

Union bodies in Quebec report strong trade union participation in the World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal, August 8th – 13th. A newsletter released in early July by CSN, FTQ and CSQ noted that national centers, three Global Union Federations, and numerous unions from Canada and around the world have organized sessions at the Quartier Ouvrier / Labor Zone / Barrio Obrero.

Below is a calendar of trade union events organized energy, climate change, extractivism, etc., involving TUED and close allies in the social movements.   Download and print from here


Tuesday, August 9th

International seminar for unions

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Room DS-R510 of UQAM, 320 Ste-Catherine Street East

According to CSN, FTQ and CSQ: “The first part of the seminar will be a time for exchanging technical information and logistics about the Forum. After that, there will be brief welcoming remarks from national organizations, presenting current labour struggles.” This seminar will help unions get ready to participate fully in the WSF


Wednesday, August 10th

One Million Climate Jobs: Labour’s Challenges and Opportunities

9:00 – 11:30 am

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-M540) 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Speakers:

  • Angella MacEwen, CLC chief economist
  • Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute,
  • Donald Lafleur, CLC executive Vice President
  • Andrea Peart, CLC (Moderator)

Organized by: Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Just Transition – Fighting poverty with jobs and climate

9:00 – 11:30 am

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-R510) 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est.

Speakers

  • Serge Cadieux, Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)
  • Joanna Kerr, Greenpeace Canada
  • Manon Massé , Québec Solidaire
  • Mikel Noval, ELA (Basque Workers Solidarity)
  • Roger Rashi (animation), Alternatives
  • Tadzio Muller, RLS Berlin

Organized by: Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)


What Québec and Canadian workers are doing in the fight against climate change and toward energy democracy

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-M280) 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montréal, QC, Canada

Organized by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), with TUED

Speakers:

  • Charles Fleury (CUPE)
  • David Boys (PSI)
  • Maite Llanos (formerly CTA-Argentina, TUED-Europe)
  • Sean Sweeney (TUED) Moderator

Transition écologique: croissance ou décroissance. Un consensus est-il possible?

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon R (Local R-M510) 315, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Organized by: Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).


Thursday, Aug 11, 2016:

Making the Leap: Conference on The Leap Manifesto

9:00 – 11:30 am

Université McGill – Pavillon Leacook (Local 132), 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Speakers:

  • Naomi Klein, author and activist
  • Mike Palecek, National President of CUPW
  • Ellen Gabriel, Mohawk activist, Kanesatake
  • Maude Barlow, Chairperson of Council of Canadians
  • Bianca Mugyenyi,, Leap Manifesto Team

Energy Democracy: running energy for people and planet – not profit

1:00 pm – 3.30 pm

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon A (Local A-2780), 400, rue Sainte-Catherine Est,

Speakers:

  • Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
  • Tadzio Mueller, RLS-Berlin
  • Susan Spronk, Municipal Services Project
  • Lavinia Steinfort, Transnational Institute
  • Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
  • David Boys, Public Services International

Organized by: Global Justice Now

Global Trade Union Strategies for Decarbonization and a Just Transition post-Paris

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon R (Local R-M110), 315, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Speakers:

  • Manuela Matthess, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Rhoda Boateng, ITUC Africa
  • Jacques Létourneau (tbc), President CSN
  • Benjamin Thibault (tbc), Pembina Institute
  • Frederik Moch (tbc), DGB
  • Rafael Freire (tbc), CSA

 Organized by: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

International conference: “Change the System, Not the Climate”

6:00 – 8:00pm

Salle Marie Gérin-Lajoie, UQAM campus, 315 Ste-Catherine Ea

Keynote speaker: Naomi Klein, author and activist

Other speakers:

  • Tadzio Muller, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation/Germany
  • Maité Llanos, Latin American union activist and member of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
  • Céline Guyon, Stop Oléoducs, Quebec grassroots group opposing the Energy East pipeline
  • Clayton Thomas-Muller, former Idle No More spokesperson and campaigner for 350.org

(This event is part of a full-day program consisting of 10 additional workshops/panels.

[1])

 Organized by: Alternatives and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-New York Office.


Friday, Aug 12, 2016

Energy Democracy Rising – How Unions Around the World Are Championing a “Public Goods” Approach to Climate Protection and Ecosystem Defense

9:00 – 11:30 am

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-R520) 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

 Speakers:

  • Mireille Pelletier (CSN)
  • Maite Llanos, (TUED-Europe)
  • Sean Sweeney, (TUED)
  • Colin L’Ériger, (FTQ)
  • David Boys, (PSI)

Organized by: Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED)
With: Canadian Labour Congress; Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), CUT-Brasil; Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), Public Services International

Workers and Environmental Health

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-M440)
320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Speakers:

  • Lliam Henderson, Iron & Earth (Alberta oilsands workers)
  • Winnie Ng – Good Jobs for All (pre-recorded interview)
  • Janice Martell, McIntyre Powder Project (via Skype)
  • Candyce Paul, Committee for Future Generations (via Skype)
  • Sean Sweeney, Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Organized by: People’s Health Movement (Canada)

[1] Full program: https://www.alternatives.ca/sites/www.alternatives.ca/files/prog_eng_wsf_14072016.pdf

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