Economics for Trade Unionists

It seems that with every issue we fight for as trade unionists (better wages and working conditions, stronger social programs, environmental protection, and more), we inevitably confront the standard opposition claim that our demands are "just not economically viable."  That's why trade union activists and leaders must learn about economics -- from the workers' perspective.  This course will provide an introduction to economics that will allow participants to confront more effectively and confidently the standard economic arguments about competitiveness, the private sector, and austerity.  The course works through the material in Jim Stanford's textbook, "Economics for Everyone," and will feature hands-on exercises as well as illustrated lectures and guest speakers.  By the end of the course participants will be familiar with major economic concepts, the role of labour in the economy, and alternatives to orthodox right-wing economic policies.