GLRC Meet & Greet Winter 2021
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Join us for our first annual Meet & Greet to learn about ongoing initiatives, upcoming events, and research from faculty and students at the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) at York University. Find out what opportunities we offer and ways you can get involved with our centre!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET

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Union Values and LGBTQ+ Worker Experiences
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


The Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) at York University invites you to an engaging discussion of Union Values and LGBTQ+ Worker Experiences: A Survey of UFCW Workers in the United States and Canada, a new binational report from the UCLA Labor Center, a unit of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) OUTreach. The report finds that UFCW LGBTQ+ union members and their allies are leading the way in challenging discriminatory laws and policies and instituting greater protections so that LGBTQ+ workers can thrive at work and in their communities. The report offers a timely analysis of LGBTQ+ worker issues and identity politics in North American labour movements.

In this session, academics and labour and human rights activists will deconstruct the concept of “layered protections” for LGBTQ+ unionized workers employed in frontline sectors.

This event is co-sponsored by York University’s Centre for Feminist Research; Sexuality Studies Program; and School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 pm ET | 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT

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Nick Mulé (Coordinator, Sexuality Studies Program, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; Associate Professor, School of Social Work, York University)

Emmanuelle Lopez (Human rights, Equity & Diversity Coordinator, UFCW Canada)
Jackie Graticola (Union Representative, UFCW Local 1006A, Canada)
Janna Shadduck- Hernandez (Director, UCLA Labor Centre)
Jean Tong (Union Representative, UFCW Local 770, California)
Sid Jordan (Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA Department of Social Welfare)

Social Justice Movements in the Changed Reality of the Pandemic and Beyond
Feb 11 – Mar 17 all-day

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We dedicate this webinar series to the memory of Professor Leo Panitch, whose passing in December 2020 is a loss that “will be felt deeply across York University and around the world”. Leo initiated the Packer Visitor in Social Justice in York’s Department of Politics, and was among a small group of people who supported the creation of the Global Labour Research Centre.

Join us for a series of five panel discussions organized by Packer Visitor in Social Justice John Clarke, co-hosted by the Global Labour Research Centre (GLRC) and the Department of Politics at York University.

The presenters, from both a Canadian and an international perspective, will provide an analysis of the crisis the pandemic has unleashed. They will also discuss how movements for social justice must respond in the face of huge challenges and a greatly changed reality.


Responding to the Crisis Unleashed by the Pandemic
Thursday, February 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Struggles for Racial Justice
Monday, February 22, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Facing the Threat of Mass Evictions
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Workers’ Struggles
Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Basic Income: Does it Take Us Closer to a Just Society?
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET



John Clarke spent 28 years working as an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and was involved in an ongoing effort to challenge austerity, poverty and homelessness. He is presently the Packer Visitor in Social Justice at York University.