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Weekend Video: Widows of Chemical Valley

Sat, 2017-04-29 04:40
In Sarnia Ontario’s Chemical valley, life can be end painfully because of industry’s silent killers. About 1000 workers a year die each year on the job in Canada. Many more die slow painful deaths. Sarnia is home to one of the world’s largest petrochemical complexes,… Read More
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The history behind Canada’s National Day of Mourning

Fri, 2017-04-28 03:46
By Dorothy Wigmore April 28 has many names. In Canada, it’s the Day of Mourning. In the United States and the United Kingdom, it’s Workers’ Memorial Day. The International Labour Organization calls it the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Marked around the world,… Read More
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Precarious young retail workers: Part 2

Thu, 2017-04-27 06:00
Read Part 1 here By Daniel Tseghay In her 2014 book, Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change, Kendra Coulter, a Labour Studies professor at Brock University, precarity is shown to be a consistent part of the retail sector. This is especially concerning considering… Read More
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Precarious young retail workers: Part 1

Wed, 2017-04-26 06:00
By Daniel Tseghay I worked for a Canada-wide retail store. It is the instability, not knowing how many hours I would get in a week. Wages are low, so it’s really hard to plan my life. At the beginning of 2013, they had a huge… Read More
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The scheming Liberals’ Basic Income plan

Tue, 2017-04-25 03:54
By Nora Loreto Recently, to fulfill their promise of ensuring that every family in Quebec will have a family doctor, Quebec Liberal Minister of Health Dr. Gaétan Barrette unveiled an online appointment booking tool. It is supposed to ensure that whenever you need a doctor,… Read More
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Labour News Update: April 24, 2017

Mon, 2017-04-24 04:15
Basic Income debate | BC Liberals’ scandals | Remembering Rana Plaza | Chronicle Herald strike | Fighting Brad Wall’s austerity | hat does it mean to Keep Ontario Working? | WestJet Pilots union drive | McIntyre Powder and injured miners | Children’s Aid Society strike… Read More
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Weekend Video: Trade Unions and Climate Change

Sat, 2017-04-22 04:42
At a packed meeting at the COP21 Paris UN climate conference in December 2015, Naomi Klein and UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn talk about how the trade union movement and the climate movement need to work together for a better world. This year on… Read More
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What does it mean to Keep Ontario Working?

Fri, 2017-04-21 04:35
By Evan Johnston With only a matter of weeks until the Ontario government releases the recommendations from the Changing Workplaces Review, all eyes are on Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn. Word on the street is that the recommendations from the Review’s Special Advisors, Michael… Read More
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Transit cops or free transit?

Thu, 2017-04-20 06:00
by Doug Nesbitt After the February murder of Winnipeg transit operator Irvine Jubal Fraser, and other violent attacks, there is a push for transit cops to be introduced in Winnipeg. Conducted a month after Fraser’s murder, a survey has now been widely publicized finding 64… Read More
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The Basic Income debate

Wed, 2017-04-19 04:39
By Pam Frache On April 13, about 300 people, all of them united in their desire to improve the well-being of the most vulnerable among us, took their seats in the OISE auditorium in Toronto to listen to a discussion about Basic Income (BI) and… Read More
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Rising Up Against Unjust Recruitment delivers a petition to BC minister

Tue, 2017-04-18 06:00
By Daniel Tseghay On April 7th, Rising Up Against Unjust Recruitment, a coalition of organizations and individuals in British Columbia who are concerned about the mistreatment of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), delivered an open letter to the office of Shirley Bond, BC’s Minister of Jobs,… Read More
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Labour News Update: April 17 2017

Mon, 2017-04-17 06:00
Union stands by its decision to picket ex-minister’s home | Ontario miners paid price for human experiments | Senate blocks Liberals’ plan to repeal ‘anti-union’ law | Chronicle Herald union to file labour complaint in wake of purchase of 28 news outlets | New motion… Read More
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Weekend Video: Niagara Falls

Sat, 2017-04-15 02:13
A short documentary about Niagara Falls’ image to the world and the reality of life in the city. This 4 minute documentary was made by Ryerson students, who wanted to examine the impact that  years of Liberal and Tory attacks on social programs and good… Read More
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Bad for readers, bad for newsroom workers

Fri, 2017-04-14 05:00
By Robert Devet KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The acquisition of 27 papers in four Atlantic provinces by the SaltWire Network Inc., a newly formed parent company of the Chronicle Herald, is bad news for readers and newsroom workers both. And it’s a low blow to the… Read More
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The Road Ahead for Ontario’s Fight for $15

Thu, 2017-04-13 06:00
By Doug Nesbitt About 200 people from across southern Ontario, and as far north as Sudbury and North Bay gathered in Toronto on March 31-April 1 for a provincial strategy session of the Fight for $15 and Fairness. It was a great two days of… Read More
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The best way to protect against unscrupulous bank tactics? Empower workers

Wed, 2017-04-12 03:56
By Julia Smith CBC’s recent investigation into upselling by bank employees blew the door open on shady practices that have long plagued Canada’s financial institutions. The stories detailed toxic work environments where employees said they felt pressured to sell customers products they didn’t need — sometimes… Read More
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Basic Income or a reduced work week? An old labour debate

Tue, 2017-04-11 04:06
By David Bush Should labour support the demand for a Basic Income? In response to the threat of automation, the rise of neoliberal policies and the weakening of trade unions parts of the Left have come to champion BI as a policy that can save… Read More
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Labour News Update: April 10 2017

Mon, 2017-04-10 06:00
Windsor Goodwill workers negotiating union contract | Toronto’s ‘gig economy’ fueled by young workers starved for choice | Kids in care suffering due to low wages and lack of support for social workers | Saskatchewan sheds 2,000 jobs | Argentine workers to hold general strike… Read More
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Weekend Video: The Widows of Asbestos

Sat, 2017-04-08 04:23
This past week was global asbestos awareness week. The community of Peterborough, once known as the “Electric City”, has been struck by generations of occupational cancer produced by General Electric. The Widows of Asbestos documentary captures the plight of the workers and widows in their… Read More
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Provincial strategy session maps out fight for $15 in 2017

Fri, 2017-04-07 03:17
By Peter Hogarth “We are building an intergenerational, multi-racial working class movement!” Betty Douglas’ words rang out to a huge standing ovation from the packed hall. Douglas, a McDonald’s worker from St Louis, Missouri, was in Toronto for the Fight for $15 and Fairness provincial strategy… Read More
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