Modern Labour Activism

Modern Labour Activism is my collection of 35 labour renewal essays from March 2010 to June 2017.

Is Canada’s labour movement in an existential crisis? Is it properly adapting to the social, economic, political and ecological realities of the 21st century? Does it have a working grasp of Systems Theory to ensure its survival? How do we improve everyone’s understanding of intersectionality? Take a deep breath; let’s get busy. – s.e~b

The first edition was published on Labour Day, September 4, 2017 by dali he’art press.

eBook: ISBN 978-1-7750185-1-3 Click here to download it.

Modern Labour Activism by Stephen Elliott-Buckley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Refocus to Revive
  2. Our Past is Our Future
  3. The Community Tonic
  4. Saving Canada’s Pension Plan
  5. Labour’s Place in Transition Towns
  6. Honey Bees and Women’s Wages
  7. Growing a Movement
  8. The 10% Shopping Shift
  9. The Work-Life Generation Gaps
  10. Seeds of the Occupy Movement
  11. More Than Attawapiskat
  12. Harper’s Threat to Democracy
  13. This is (Class) War
  14. Unions & Citizens, Together
  15. Imagine a New Canada
  16. What Trade Unions Owe Our Elders
  17. Inconvenient Truths for White Men
  18. A Radical Union Education Program
  19. Untangling the Temporary Foreign Worker Knot
  20. Say Hello to the Pavement
  21. Fried Squirrels
  22. Taking Aim at Medicare
  23. The Women in My Life
  24. Deep Solidarity
  25. Against Collective Forgetting
  26. Science-Deniers and Dinosaurs
  27. Unions Meet Worker Co-ops
  28. Being a Better Ally
  29. Health & Safety for the Psyche
  30. Why I Joined Team Mulcair
  31. Part-Time and Casual Workers Need Support
  32. Seven Tips for Feminist Men
  33. Jokers to the Right
  34. Fight This New Liquid Workforce
  35. Stepping Back to Create Space