Sam Gindin

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Sam Gindin was born in Siberia, Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg. He went to graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a Canadian academic and intellectual. Gindin is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He obtained his MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but while working on his PhD dissertation in 1974,

He worked as a research officer for the New Democratic Party of Manitoba and later taught at the University of Prince Edward Island. He served as first research director of research of the Canadian region of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union in Toronto, and later as chief economist and Assistant to the President, both Bob White and Buzz Hargrove of the Canadian Auto Workers union, CAW, after the latter became independent from its American parent organization. He participated in major 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.

Since his retirement from the union in 2000, he has been the 1st Visiting Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University in the Political Science department, where he continues to teach as adjunct professor. He remains active in the labour and social movements as a member of the Socialist Project and the recently formed Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly. His writings have focused on the CAW, the auto industry, the crisis in organized labor in Canada and the US, and the political economy of capitalism, especially the North American one. His lifelong friend and frequent co-author is Leo Panitch.

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

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