Canada Post grand plan pronouncements (especially when there’s bargaining to be done) have a habit of not coming true or being counter-factual, but this latest, about the crown corporation phasing out urban door to door delivery warrants a response.
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December 10, 2013
Conservative Senator Hugh Segal spoke to the Uni…
Values, discrimination, the Swedish way: all these ideas are in the mix as stakeholders of IKEA’s treatment of workers express how they feel about IKEA’s plan to break its union in Richmond, BC.
We’ve been writing about this new front line in Canada’s war against workers for months now. But the members of Teamsters Local 213 have been living it.
This is the Christmas season. If you intend to buy anything IKEA-ish in Richmond, Coquitlam, elsewhere in Canada or around the world, spend some time finding another vendor then tweet or Facebook IKEA letting them know you’re part of the (Read more…)
At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on “Equality and the Importance of Unions,” and we wanted to find out what their unions had meant to them. This column is the second in a series of columns based on interviews carried out at the convention by Angus Ricker.
Greed is a powerful thing. It motivates the greedy to convince workers that they should hate any efforts to make their work better and reduce the level of abuse and oppression they suffer. If you’d like a list of why they want us to hate our unions, click through to enjoy this brilliant cartoon. And […]
CGT DECLARES UNLIMITED STRIKE IN SPANISH ‘UNIPOST’ OVER HOLIDAYS
The following is a translation from a Spanish language article at Rojo y Negro, the organ of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CGT. I have had to rather “freely translate” as the particulars of Spanish labour practices are quite different from here in the Anglosphere. Any mistakes are my own responsibility.
CGT UNIPOST CALLS INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM 13-D The stoppages will be for 24 hours (from 00:00 to 24:00) and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are not included. The schedule is as follows: December 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, (Read more…)
I was conferring with comrades from a sibling union this week. They’re going through almost the exact same website re-engineering process I did where I work. It was very therapeutic. I thank them. But we got into what I thought was an old discussion. Turns out it’s not.
Queen Elizabeth II signs the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 as a smiling PM Pierre Trudeau looks on. Now null and void in Alberta? Below: The Charter, premiers Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein from an old news shot found on the Internet, looking suitably appalled.
Here’s a challenge for the Redford Government: soldier up and employ Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the “Notwithstanding Clause,” if you intend to pass Bill 45 later this week.
Provincial and federal governments have the right under our Canadian Constitution to “opt out” of some provisions of (Read more…)
Late Monday night, federal employment minister Jason Kenney tweeted an anti-union message, only to delete it 40 minutes later. At 12:38 a.m., Kenney tweeted he’d just wrapped up a meeting with staff members, adding “Good thing they’re not unionized! #beststaffever” […]
In recent discussions within the labour movement in Canada and Quebec, people often overlook the role of media workers in fighting against neoliberal austerity politics and precarious, flexible work. Yet labour activists could learn from, and co…
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on “E…
On Friday, the United Steelworkers made the following submission to Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel. The United Steelworkers union endorses the Ontario Federation of Labour’s (OFL) call for a minimum wage of $14 per hour, to ensure that Ontarians who work full-time earn appreciably more than the poverty line. As the OFL submission states: Minimum [...]
Another Labour Day has passed. Parents of young children know it as the day to get kids ready for school. Those without young kids may think of it as the last holiday of summer. But for retirees this year it was a time to reflect on what they achieved together, achievements now under attack at every turn.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
One of the admirable features of labour self-management is its commitment to placing the power of economic self-determination in…
In a speech delivered at the founding convention of Canada’s new super-union, UNIFOR, award-winning journalist, best selling author and activist, Naomi Klein, urged unions to take action on climate change and stopping free trade.
The post Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
When the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy in July, the emergency manager blamed the costs of pensions for city employees. Richard Wolff says it’s a lot more complex than that. Richard Wolff is a professor at the New School University in New York City. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.
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Dustin Burns could have died on the job because he didn’t know his rights. Now, he shows other young workers how to stay safe.
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I am still catching my breath from one of the wildest weeks in my life: all the events that culminated in the founding convention last weekend in Toronto of Unifor (formed from the combination of the CAW and the CEP). The new union will represent over 300,000 members working in over 20 different defined economic [...]
The latest issue of the York University e journal Just Labour is now available. In addition to three articles on youth and labour, it includes my paper “Up Against the Wall: the Political Economy of the New Attack on the Canadian Labour Movement” and thoughtful responses from Sam Gindin, Ken Lewenza, Maya Bhullar and Patricia [...]
The Globe and Mail (regurgitating the Canadian Press, apparently) gets it wrong about unions in a story in today’s print edition. They claim that “Union membership has declined in Canada in recent years”. In fact, as the easily available Statistics Canada chart copied below shows, union coverage has grown by 164,000 employees from 2008 to 2012, growing in 3 out of the last 4 years.
Union coverage (Thousands) 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total employees, covered and not covered by union Total employees, all industries 14,464.30 14,124.40 14,371.20 14,635.80 14,841.10 Public sector 3,412.10 3,415. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Sloppy reporting on unions from Globe and Mail & Canadian Press
Union members flooded the streets of Toronto in a spirited Labour Day celebration emboldened by the birth this weekend of Canada’s newest labour group, Unifor
Monday, September 2, 2013
By advocating for healthy and decent employment we can take the necessary steps to implement changes so our elders no longer need …
Should union members give up some of their seniority rights to make the movement more appealing to a critical public? This is one of the controversial points touched on by an Ontario union rep, Glenn Wheeler, in an article in The Toronto Star. Wheeler also questions whether unions are spending too much money on grievances. Are the points raised by Wheeler things the union movement should deal with to try to drag itself into the 21st Century? Wheeler is the Ontario legal rep. for the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, and a former journalist with NOW magazine. Reprinted below is The Toronto Star article. I’m interested in your feedback. Nick 2012 Labour Day Parade in Toronto Unions need to get back in touchBy Glenn Wheeler Chances are, the turnout at this year’s Labour Day parade tomorrow will be heavy with the usual suspects — stewards, union presidents and others . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: Article touches on sensitive union issues
TORONTO — Jerry Dias, a veteran of the Canadian Auto Workers, is the first president of the new Unifor union. Dias, assistant to the CAW national president, was chosen Saturday at the founding convention of Unifor, a merger of the […]
The year more than 100 printers in Toronto went on strike. They won the right to a 9-hour work day (down from 12 hours). Later that year, Canada legalized union activities, though the right to picket remained a criminal offence until 1934. (Source)
The year Canada’s federal government officially declared the first Monday of September Labour Day, a national holiday. (Source)
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A union that is militant, outward looking, engaged politically and willing to work with progressive people outside the labour movem…
OLIGARCHYby Shawn BradleyAs originally posted: Texas Nationalist MovementAugust 9, 2013Oligarchy – that system of government wherein a wealthy and privileged minority governs the rest of the society; typically trends toward tyranny and is usually …
Young workers today face many challenges in the workplace.
Entering the workplace is the first challenge. The youth employment rate is almost double the national average, at 13.6 per cent. You hear stories all the time of new graduates who are u…
The Rand Formula was a compromise between corporations’ desire to maximize profits, and employees’ hopes to protect their new unions nearly 70 years ago. Today it’s the foundation of the rights of Canadian employees to discuss their pay and jobs with their employers, and improve their careers.
Labour news from the Asia Pacific region. Interview about unions and politics in Nepal, with Manarishi Dhital, editor of Janadesh weekly and Secretariat member of the Revolutionary journalist association. APC is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links….
As the Egyptian military brutally dismantles democracy in their country, other losses of democracy tend to pale in comparison. Yet when they involve people electing to disband their own democracy, they are nonetheless disheartening. At least to a democrat such as myself. Thus I felt no little disappointment when I read in the news of workers at Canada’s only unionized Walmart, in Weyburn,
In 2012, in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers rabble.ca launched a labour beat position. Lori Theresa Waller was our inaugural labour reporter, bringing even more labour coverage to rabble with original stories and labour news roundups….
The CAW and CEP have created a team of union leaders proposed to lead Unifor, Canada’s new super union, after its founding convention on September 1.
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Workplace justice: a pipe dream, or something to build solidarity to fight for?
I had the distinct, and creepy, pleasure of sitting in front of a group of fellows yesterday in, ironically, the cheap seats at the Seattle Mariners game. They were discussing business.
One fellow, who of course may have been speaking out of his butt, detailed a list of business exploits, while the other fellows basked in his glow:
Helping a fellow buy a company from someone later to do time for sideways business practices. That company making a tidy sum through that company from the US Treasury, (Read more…)
TORONTO – Canadian Auto Workers President Ken Lewenza will reportedly announce on Thursday that he’s stepping down in September. Media reports late Wednesday also said Dave Coles, the president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, will also […]
It has recently been reported that the University of Alberta wants to “reopen two-year collective agreements” with faculty and staff “to help the university balance its budget…” This appears to be in direct response to Alberta’s provincial government announcing in its March budget that there would be a “7% cut to operating grants to universities, [...]
It has been over three weeks since a train derailment and ensuing explosion left about 50 people either dead or missing in Lac-Mégantic.