Sam Gindin

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Sam Gindin
This is a head shot of Sam Gindin, Packer Visitor in Social Justice at York University.jpg
Sam Gindin in 2012
Born Kaminsky Ural, Siberia, former Soviet Union
Occupation Activist, writer
Nationality Canadian
Education MA (economics) University of Wisconsin–Madison
Genres Essays, books
Subjects global capitalism, trade unions, socialism
Notable work Co-author: The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire (2012)
Spouse Schuster Gindin

Sam Gindin was born in Kaminsky Ural, Siberia in the former Soviet Union. He grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a Canadian intellectual and activist known for his expertise on the labour movement and the economics of the automobile industry. Gindin is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He obtained his MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1][2] Although he worked as a researcher for the New Democratic Party of Manitoba and taught at the University of Prince Edward Island, Gindin spent most of his working life as the director of research for the Canadian Auto Workers union from 1974 until his retirement in 2000. From 1985 until 2000, he served as assistant to the president of the union, both Bob White and Buzz Hargrove. He participated in collective bargaining, the formation of union and social policy and strategic discussions on the structure and direction of the union. He also wrote a book on the history of the CAW entitled The Canadian Auto Workers: The Birth and Transformation of a Union.[1][3][2]

Gindin's writings have focused on the CAW, the auto industry, the crisis in organized labour in Canada and the US, and the political economy of capitalism. In 2012, he published The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, which he co-wrote with his lifelong friend, Leo Panitch. The book traces the development of American-led globalization over more than a century.[4] In 2013, it was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize in the U.K. for best and most creative work in or about the Marxist tradition and in 2014, it won the Rik Davidson/SPE Book Prize for the best book in political economy by a Canadian.[5][6]

Gindin led the position of Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice from 2000-2010 in the Political Science department at York University. In 2000, the university announced that Gindin would teach a course "that will bring students and union, anti-poverty, and non-governmental organization activists from around Ontario into the classroom" as a way of building bridges between social activism and university education. It said that half of the students would be community activists and that the course would delve into the philosophy and history of social justice movements "in the context of modern capitalism, the limits of the welfare state, the meaning of globalization, and the impasse of radical politics."[7] Although Gindin no longer serves as Packer Chair, he is still affiliated with York. He also remains active in labour and social movements as a member of the Socialist Project and the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly.[8][9][10][3]

The CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy is the first union-endowed chair at a Canadian university. Its mandate is to "create a hub of interaction between social justice activists and academics at Ryerson University".[11]


  1. ^ a b "Sam Gindin". Parkland Institute. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Gindin, Sam ((1995) The Canadian Auto Workers: The Birth and Transformation of a Union. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, Publishers.
  3. ^ a b "Politics with Sober Senses: Conditions for Labor Renewal". Havens Center for Social Justice. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ Panitch, Leo and Gindin, Sam (2012). The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire. London: Verso.
  5. ^ "Past Recipients". Deutscher Memorial Prize. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Book Prize in Political Economy". Studies in Political Economy. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Former CAW Director Sam Gindin 1st Packer Visitor in Social Justice Program Linking Learning & Social Activism Opens Classroom to Activists". York University. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Graduate Program in Political Science". York University. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Albo, Greg; Gindin, Sam; and Panitch Leo. (2010) In And Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives. Oakland, CA: PM Press.
  10. ^ "The Greater Toronto Workers Assembly presents". Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy". Ryerson University. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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