It’s interesting to see how far we may have come with gender equity. And not. Men, formerly the head of the household, are now more likely to share authority with women at home. But what about the most powerful organizations in society: corporations? What’s the role of women in leadership? This great excerpt below is […]
If you think it’s just sweet and fine for women to earn on average about 30% less than men, then you can leave this website and never come back. Good, glad you’re still here. In Kamloops, this Thursday night you have the opportunity to be inspired, motivated and empowered by someone with passion and great […]
Some of the more than 2,000 people who protested the policies of the Redford Conservative Government in Edmonton’s Sir Winston Churchill Square today.
When I was a cub reporter at the still-unhyphenated Victoria Daily Times – always a better paper than the Colonist, let it be noted – I was told by a grizzled veteran of the news business that I should always ask a police officer about the size of a crowd at any outdoor event I was covering.
“You see,” he explained, “police officers are trained to estimate the size of crowds.”
So off I went (Read more…)
A cost benefit analysis of why we must have a one year moratorium on special day statements in the house of labour.
This one’s for you, young Tim.
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With all the union busting and union bashing going on by the 1% and their compradors in government, it’s nice to see the labour movement getting some traction.
The next few days in Tennessee and Ontario could move workplace democracy and the 99% ahead significantly, with thousands of new unionized jobs to support families and communities. Here’s how.
Two huge organizing drives are going on to unionize autoworkers at two plants. Voting takes place THIS WEEK for Volkswagen workers in Tennessee to join the UAW and a multi-union pro-organizing rally for Toyota workers happens on Sunday in Kitchener to support (Read more…)
With all the union busting and union bashing going on by the 1% and their compradors in government, it’s nice to see the labour movement getting some traction. The next few days in Tennessee and Ontario could move workplace democracy and the 99% ahead significantly, with thousands of new unionized jobs to support families and […]
Thursday, February 13, 2014
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The Supreme Court has ruled against a tax auditor who has spent the last thirteen years trying to keep her employer from giving her contact information to her union, Kathryn May reports in the Ottawa Citizen. I’m guessing it will take another thirteen years to undo the mess the various parties have made trying to […]
Monday, February 10, 2014
At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on “Eq…
I think what pushed me over the edge is the UN’s International Day of Happiness. When I saw it I hoped I’d been pranked and that it wasn’t real. Alas it is.
Today is Friday. Let’s make it “think for ourselves Friday.”
It’ll work: the government/corporations/1% won’t see it coming!
Twitter / occupythemob: http://t.co/doHx1xWO4l.
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My union Unifor is currently undertaking an important “Rights at Work” campaign, which involves a national tour of meetings with our officers and local leaders and stewards, followed by a membership canvass and community outreach effort, all aimed at beating back the current attack on fundamental labour rights coming from conservatives at all levels in [...]
We know Hudak has no tolerance for his own candidates standing up for local jobs in the face of his reckless right-to-work-for-less scheming and Bart Maves himself used to be opposed to the policy?
So what does Bart Maves stand for now?
It’s a question worth asking. In a debate this evening, Maves repeatedly talked about the need for “worker choice”, but hesitated to actually endorse Hudak’s position, which Hudak has insisted he stands by and expects his candidates to support.
With the Hudak and Bart Maves standing behind a reckless right to work for less scheme, and the (Read more…)
Another column by Gwyn Morgan in the Globe and Mail and another case of a 0.1 percenter telling the rest of us to “Do as I say, not as I do.” This time, it’s Gwyn recycling trash from the CFIB and Fraser Institute to claim defined benefit pensions for public sector workers are too generous [...]
Whenever I read stories about corporations wanting to do the right thing, I never hold my breath. Clothing corporations, the sector where “sweatshops” originates, want us to believe they care. They don’t.
Read what nonsense they are trying to peddle to get us off their back for exploiting people so we can have cheap t-shirts. Then, hold your breath for this, scroll all the way to the bottom to see how it comes all the way back to keeping Stephen Harper in power.
Shortly before Black Friday, H&M announced that it also plans to start paying 850,000 workers (Read more…)
Canadian economic commentators often worship small business as the supposed source of economic dynamism and growth. This cult of small business has greatly influenced public policy, with federal and provincial governments giving huge tax preferences to small corporations. But new Statistics Canada research finds: “The gap between the levels of labour productivity in Canada and [...]
Well, here’s something you don’t see [ever] in corporate media: a review of tax measures in the USA since the crash in 2008 that have succeeded in increasing taxes on the rich. And it turns out, tax increases that are regressive [sales taxes, etc.] or include the non-rich, seemed to fail quite a bit.
How did these taxes on the 1% succeed?
One way is mixing “traditional lobbying with the direct action of the Occupy movement.”
And here’s some rationale for why the rich should pay more, with tax revenues going to restore and improve public services:
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Government wage freezes, job and spending cuts are adding to the post-recession fiscal drag on Canada’s economy. Even the IMF says it was wrong about austerity. Time to put austerity out of our misery. (Source)
Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight
Many groups are calling for significant and sufficient action to address climate change, which is fantastic. But unions have not been loud enough. This is significant because they often have more money than many other progressive groups to fight for the social good, particularly when rapacious corporations and rampant consumerism are the core impediments to change.
This whole article is worth your time to read, but here are some key bits that should help you fix your focus for your union for 2014:
There is nothing more important than a healthy (Read more…)
One of the most frequently repeated claims in coverage of yesterday’s Canada Post announcement is that the Crown corporation is on track to lose a billion dollars annually by the decade’s end. This apprehended threat to taxpayers supposedly justifies the complete elimination of door-to-door mail delivery. The Conference Board made this billion-dollar projection earlier this [...]
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.
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…
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.
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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 [...]