Union activists took a collective sigh of relief when the Harper Conservatives lost the 2015 election....
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Union activists took a collective sigh of relief when the Harper Conservatives lost the 2015 election. Justin Trudeau won on a wave of promises that firmly set him apart from Stephen Harper. The only problem with that? It's not clear how many of those promises he intends to keep. For This Magazine, CALM's editor Nora Loreto looked ahead to 2017 and identified five issues for workers to watch for in the year to come. Five issues to watch the Liberals address in 2017 Stephen Harper didn’t hide what he thought of working people. His government waged attacks against collective bargaining. They tried to force unions to develop overly bureaucratic measures to make their finances public to non-members. They resisted and dismantled social programs that help people, even if they had few or no benefits through their work. And they oversaw changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that threatened the livelihood of as many as 70,000 workers. When he was elected in 2015, Justin Trudeau promised a new era of cooperation with workers. He has been friendly with labour leaders. He has tried to show that he can work with business and labour. He has gone to union conventions to promote his party’s agenda. His reception has been generally positive. But in October, the honeymoon ended. While at a young workers’ conference, Trudeau faced his first, direct protest. As we say good riddance to 2016 and look forward to 2017, Trudeau’s approach to workers will help voters gauge just how feminist, progressive, and worker friendly he really is. Will he keep his promises to working people? Here are five issues to watch for 2017. To continue reading please click here. To reprint this, please email email@example.com