Women and Unions: History Matters discussed the history and activism of teacher’s unions in Ontario. This talk took place at the Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue.
Nina Bascia is Professor and Director of the Collaborative Program in Educational Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Professor Bascia’s research interests include organizational and social context of teaching and administration, teacher leadership and development, and teacher unions and professional associations. Nina Bascia has studied teacher unions in Canada and the U.S. since the 1980s. Her research leads her to conclude that teacher organizations are vital both to the quality of teachers’ work and to the well-being of the larger educational system.
The Centre for Social Innovation began in 2003 when a small group of entrepreneurs came together to create a communal working space for social innovation. For more information, see Centre for Social Innovation.
Use it in the classroom
- Historical Thinking Concepts & Critical Thinking Challenges
- Concepts de la pensée historique et défis de pensée critique
- Museum of Civilization’s Canadian Labour History online exhibition
- The Canadian Encyclopedia: Working-Class History
- UFCW’s timeline of women in labour
- Toronto Dressmaker’s Strike (1931), Women and the Winnipeg General Strike (1919), The Person’s Case (1920s).
- The Textile Museum of Canada’s TXTile City program features many resources on garment unions in Toronto:
- Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939, by Ruth A. Frager and Camila Patrias (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005)