May Day Trivia and Open Mic!

Grad House, Thursday May 1st, 7:30 pm

Presented by the Fredericton Industrial Workers of the World

There will be prizes!

” . . . what could give the workers greater courage and faith in their own strength than a mass work stoppage which they had decided themselves? ” — Rosa Luxemburg, 1894: What are the Origins of May Day.

May 1st is International Workers Day, a day that has been celebrated around the world since 1890, marking the killing by police and the State of workers in Chicago in 1886 (The Haymarket Massacre), who had been struggling for an 8-hour working day. Since its international growth, it has been the major day on the calendar of international working class solidarity, by far eclipsing Labour Day. In many countries, massive marches of hundreds of thousands, even millions, take place. Here in Fredericton, reviving a tradition of filling the streets on May Day in the coming years is the hope of many, including the Fredericton Industrial Workers of the World. But we shall start from humble beginnings, asking questions.

On Thursday May 1st, the Fredericton branch of the Industrial Workers of the World invites anyone up for the challenge and fun to May Day trivia night at the Grad House on May Day. The questions will be themed on May Day, Labour rights (or lack thereof) and key figures in history who rallied workers. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

After the trivia is over, we invite people to participate in an open Mic with the same theme as the trivia, sharing songs, poetry and even anecdotes about work.

Faculties at NB universities pass non confidence motions in their administrations

Originally posted on the NB Media Coop . Written by Nicole Saulnier on April 9, 2014

During the past month, faculties at the University of New Brunswick and Mount Allison University have passed no confidence motions in their administrations.

Five of the largest faculties at UNB Fredericton (Arts, Science, Engineering, Business and Education) have passed no confidence motions in the upper-management committee comprised of the President and Vice Presidents. These motions come after a three week labour disruption at Mount Allison and UNB that raised concerns about the priorities of the administrations. During the past few years, faculties at UNB have been subject to funding cuts, which has reduced staff, programs and resources at the university.

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