CAW Launches Good Jobs in a Green Economy Course

October 20, 2011, 4:05 PM EST


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The CAW launched its new Good Jobs in a Green Economy education course at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario.

Twenty-five CAW rank-and-file activists attended the first pilot session of the course that ran from October 3-6. The program included keynote speakers (including Tony Clarke, Executive Director of the Polaris Institute and Gideon Forman, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) and a series of interactive workshops.

The Good Jobs in a Green Economy course, the first of its kind for the union, offers an in-depth exploration of some of the key environmental crises in today's world, including climate, food and water. It examines the relation between these crises and the economic crisis faced by workers around the world.  The program investigates the transformation needed to fight for a green economy and examines both the impacts on workers and the role that unions can play in this period of economic transition. The course also enables participants to build activist links within the CAW and with allied organizations that are actively campaigning on environmental issues.

The mandate for developing this course was set out in the CAW's "Fighting for Good Jobs" discussion paper submitted and endorsed by the 2010 CAW/TCA Joint Council in Montreal, Quebec.

The Good Jobs in a Green Economy course will be running again in the Spring of 2012.  Look for it in the upcoming CAW Education Schedule. Interested applicants are encouraged to register early. For further information, contact the CAW Education Department: educate@caw.ca or 1-800-268-5763

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