New book launches for Continental Crucible
April 8, 2015
“Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America”
By Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman
The crucible of North American neo-liberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.
The failure of traditional labour responses to stop the continental offensive being waged by big business has led workers and unions to explore new strategies of struggle and organization, pointing to the beginnings of a continental labour movement across North America. The battle for the future of North America has begun.
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Upcoming Book Launches:
VICTORIA, APRIL 13
At Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8T 2Y6.
Monday night, April 13, 7-9:30
- Bill Carroll, University of Victoria Sociologist, writes about corporate power, global capitalism and progressive social movements.
- Carlos Flores, a Latin American by birth, trade unionist, international solidarity activist, survived 9/11/73.
- Ben Isitt, historian, legal scholar, author, also is a city councillor and regional director in Victoria.
- Richard Roman, co-author of Continental Crucible and many articles on workers, unions and the Mexican state.
VANCOUVER, APRIL 28
Corporate Offensive: Continental Perspectives:
A Panel Discussion of Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America, 2nd edition, 2015
Monday April 28, 2015 7–9:00pm
People’s Co-op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
- Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, President and General Secretary of the National Union of Mining Metal, Steel and Allied Workers Union of Mexico (nion of Mexico An Oxford-educated economist he is also a member of the executive committee of IndustriALL Global Union, the world’s most powerful union organization.SNTMMSRM), continues to lead his union from exile in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of Collapse of Dignity, a book about corporate greed and miners’ struggles in Mexico.
- Jim Sinclair was President of the B.C. Federation of Labour from 1999 to 2014 and has long been active in international solidarity work. He was the editor of Crossing the Line: Canada and Free Trade with Mexico (1992).
- Richard Roman is co-author of Continental Crucible and many articles on workers, unions and the Mexican state.