The Future is Public
building a pro-public movement for all
Concordia University, Montreal, June 15-16
The Future is Public was a two day gathering of union leaders, activists, researchers, and community groups designed to share ideas and proposals around building a pro-public movement in Canada.
Privatization is deeply unpopular and has been fought successfully. But if the anti-privatization movement only thinks defensively the best we can do is protect the status quo. A discussion about reclaiming and reimagining public services can help move us towards a clearer picture of what we want from our public services in the future.
What's all this about a pro-public movement?
David McDonald was interviewed on Talking Radical Radio about pro-public movements.
Dru Oja Jay outlined how expanding public services can benefit the climate, economic equality and indigenous sovereignty in the Tyee.
David McDonald's Building a Pro-Public Movement in Canada is an in-depth exploration of the possibilities.
Makila Co-op produced these highlights from the first two days of Future is Public:
Photos, Notes and Outputs
You can also read what people said about the conference on Twitter.
We sent out a survey to conference attendees. You can read a summary of the responses.
If you have materials to add, please email info at publicservices.ca
The conference happened with the support of several organizations:
- Friends of Public Services
- Municipal Services Project
- Canadian Union of Public Employees
- Ontario Public Service Employees Union
- Canadian Union of Postal Workers
- Public Service Alliance of Canada
- Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique - Quebec
- The Leap
- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
- Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
- National Union of Public and General Employees
Please contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions