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Mark Krakowski fonds
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- Krakowski, Mark
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6.2 m of textual records
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Mark Krakowski was born in Kazakstan on 16 September 1943, the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors from Poland. His family fled Poland at the end of 1939 and survived the war in the Soviet Union, including an internment of 18 months in a Soviet gulag. His parents reached Kazakstan after they were released from the gulag in December 1941. His father then joined the Soviet army as a member of the Wanda Waszilewska brigade, a unit of Polish nationals in the Soviet red army. After the war, Mark and his mother were re-patriated to Poland, and, at the end of 1946, they re-united with his father. A period in refugee camps in Austria followed until the family, which included another son, were accepted as refugees in Sweden where they lived for 6 <U+00BD> years. They immigrated to Canada in May 1954. Mark graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in history (1962-65). He attended Western's Faculty of Law for one year (1965-66). He also has a Master of Arts from the New School University (1968-70).
He has varied work experience as a senior research assistant for the Addiction Research Foundation, a parole officer, a human rights officer with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a labour staff representative for various organizations, and a regional representative of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Now retired, he currently resides in Toronto, and serves or has served as a board member on the Skyworks Charitable Foundation, Foodshare, and the Labour Community Services. He also completed nine years as a workers' representative on the Board of Referees, a quasi-judicial agency of the federal government's Employment Insurance Commission, which hears appeals of claimants who have been denied employment insurance by Service Canada.
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The first accrual consists of records associated with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (the strike of the Clerical and Regulatory Group in September-October 1980; the national strike of federal employees in September 1991) and the Canadian Union of Labour Employees (negotiations and agreements between 1982 to 1986). It also contains material on union activity in the Caribbean countries, the Commonwealth Trade Union Council, and the Mayor’s Committee on Community, Race, and Ethnic Relations in North York.
The second accrual consists of the following five series: Public Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Triannual Convention, Toronto, 1982; PSAC National Conference of Education Programs and other, 1990-1999; PSAC National Conference of Regional Reps and Regional Conference of Ontario, 1991-1994; Canadian Union of Labour Employees (CULE) and Commonwealth Trade Union council and Caribbean projects 1985-2009.
The third accrual consists of manuals for the instructors of internal union courses and education programs. The third accrual is arranged by organization, with PSAC coming first, and the others following alphabetically. The material arrived in binders and has been placed in folders for preservation reasons.
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The first accrual (82-2010) was donated in December 2010; the second accrual (2012-20) in 2012; and the third accrual (2015-002) in January 2015, all from Mark Krakowski. The fourth accrual, donated by Krakowski in 2017, features multiple small accessions: 2017-019; 2017-025; and 2017-042.
The fourth accrual comprises four series: Records of Labour Involvement; Education Materials; Personal Agendas; and Posters and Union Buttons.
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G. Dunks, 4th accrual, 2018.