May Day Toronto Rally and March


UDC participants are encouraged to join the Toronto May Day rally and march, which starts at 5pm on Friday, May 1, at Nathan Philips Square, outside Toronto City Hall (Bay and Queen streets). The march will end with performances at St. James park. This year’s May Day organizing highlights struggles around eight themes

  • Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination;
  • Migrant workers’ resistance to border imperialism;
  • Solidarity with working class struggle globally;
  • Anti-poverty and anti-austerity organizing;
  • Student strikes and academic labour battles against neoliberalization;
  • Environmental Justice;
  • Militant rank and file labour movements;
  • Gender Justice

More information.

The strike at the University of Toronto has ended

The strike at the University of Toronto has ended and members of CUPE 3902 are back to work. We are pleased that the Union for Democratic Communications conference will be held at the University of Toronto as originally planned. We are working to finalize conference details and will post the program next week. Registration is open, please be sure to register before April 15 to receive the early bird conference rate. We are looking forward to welcoming over 200 international scholars, activists, community members, and graduate students to Toronto in May for what will hope will be a dynamic and invigorating conference.

The CUPE 3902 strike at the University of Toronto and the UDC conference

As some of you may be aware, there is currently a strike underway at the University of Toronto. CUPE 3902 Unit 1 represents grad students, undergrad students, and post-doctoral fellows employed as teaching assistants, teaching fellows, demonstrators, tutors, markers, instructors, teaching laboratory assistants, Chief Presiding Officers, invigilators, and part-time lecturers. The Union for Democratic Communications supports these striking workers. If the strike is not resolved by the time the conference is scheduled to run, we will move our 2015 conference off campus. We are working to secure an alternate location for the conference and will keep conference attendees updated about the strike. For more information on the strike, please visit #WeAreUofT. You can also send a letter to U of T’s administration encouraging them to end the strike.

In solidarity,

The local organizing committee

Special UDC 2015 conference plenaries announced

We are excited to announce two special conference plenaries:

Circuits of Struggle: Resistance, Re-appropriation and Repurposing in Global Networks of Class Struggle, featuring Harry Cleaver, Ursula Huws, Nick Dyer-Witheford, and Alison Hearn (Saturday, May 2)


Ruptures and Critical Junctures: Moments of Media Activism in Historical and Global Contexts, featuring Christina Dunbar-Hester, Anita Say Chan, Deepa Kumar, Todd Wolfson, and Victor Pickard (closing plenary, Sunday, May 3).