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Labour News Update: August 21, 2017

| Eaton Centre Uniqlo workers seeking to unionize | Hamilton council confirms that it wants HSR to run LRT | Help on way for ailing miners exposed to ‘miracle’ dust | Standing at work linked to heart disease | Re-engaging unions in the fight against fascism | Meet 2 women sick of sexism and… Read More

Weekend Video: The Christie Pits Riot

On August 16, 1933, only a few months after Hitler and the Nazis come to power in Germany, one of the country’s most violent ethnic riots broke out at Christie Pits park(then known as Willowvale Park) the end of a playoff game for the Toronto… Read More

Re-engaging unions in the fight against fascism

By Nora Loreto In Charlottesville, Virginia, when a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-racist activists killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others, many people linked that tactic to recent terror attacks, especially in Europe. Indeed, driving a truck into a crowd of protesters has… Read More

BC NDP’s crawl to $15

By David Bush On Tuesday the new BC NDP government announced it was raising the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. The new government had already announced it would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents on September 15, bringing it to… Read More

Labour News Update August 14 2017

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions show solidarity with striking baggage handlers at Pearson Airport | Foreign Farmworkers in Canada Fear Deportation if They Complain | Unifor occupation of Milton plant comes to end after cease and desist order issued | Cape Breton union leader Carmie… Read More

Weekend Video: Plutocracy, Solidarity Forever

The film, which is the second part of an ongoing historical series, covers the seminal labor-related events which occurred between the late 1800’s and the 1920’s. Its subtitle refers to a 1915 song composed by Ralph Chaplin as an anthem for unionized workers. The film… Read More

Baggage handlers strike exposes airport “underbelly”

by Meagan Gillmore An ongoing strike at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has revealed the harsh working conditions of the airport’s baggage handlers and grounds crew. Approximately 700 Swissport employees walked off the job on July 28, after rejecting the company’s latest offer. The vote to… Read More

Jerry Dias ignores and disrespects GM retirees

by Chris White Retiree representative, Unifor Local 222 executive board For 8 months Unifor President Jerry Dias has refused to act to stop the unnecessary exploitation of GM retirees’ health care trust by retired Unifor staffers. In December of 2016 the Retired Workers Chapter and… Read More

Understanding UAW’s defeat in Mississippi

by Joe Allen The United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) union has staggered from one defeat to the next for many years. Three years ago, the union got a punch in the gut when it was defeated in a recognition vote… Read More

Weekend Video: KPMG & Canada’s wealthy tax avoiders

They politicians, employers, and the wealthy say there’s never enough money for better wages, better services, infrastructure expansion…and while governments contract out millions in public money to the likes of consulting firm KPMG to investigate cost saving measures in public services, KPMG is facilitating tax… Read More

Hamilton fights to keep transit public

By Evan Johnston Transit workers in Hamilton have launched a new campaign to keep the city’s public transportation system — and specifically, the city’s newly approved Light-Rail Transit (LRT) — under public control. The campaign, “Keep Transit Public,” was launched on June 15 by Amalgamated Transit… Read More

How the Saskatchewan government killed STC

By John Thornton Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) Annual Reports, available online, suggest that between 2010 and 2012 the Sask Party had figured out how to run STC. Ridership had increased in 2010, the first year-over-year increase in ridership since the NDP lost the election of… Read More

Labour News Update: July 31 2017

700 baggage handlers, ground crew at Pearson Airport on strike | How the government could have helped Sears workers | Injured workers group renews calls for review of Nova Scotia WCB | Introducing the Vancouver Tenants Union | Alberta lacks rules and thresholds for working… Read More

Weekend Video: The Killing Floor

Set in the early 20th century, The Killing Floor portrays the story of Frank Custer, a black sharecropper who leaves his family in Mississippi in search for work in Chicago. He ultimately finds work on the “killing floor” in one of the (in)famous slaughterhouses, where… Read More

How I learned to stop worrying and love $15

By Nick Day The backlash from employers and their lobbies over Ontario’s $15 minimum wage announcement has been loud but monotone. Their refrain: small businesses simply can’t afford to pay $15/hour. This increase will kill businesses or force them to cut jobs, which will ultimately… Read More