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Ontario’s fiscal policies have wrecked long-term care

A one per cent budget increase could pay for appropriate staffing in long-term care homes By Zaid Noorsumar A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives demonstrates how the fiscal policies of successive Ontario governments have led to immense pain and hardship for long-term care residents, their families and the workforce. For decades, Continue readingOntario’s fiscal policies have wrecked long-term care

Fired while pregnant: Former LaFarge worker blows whistle on sexism

By Lisa Cameron A former employee of LaFarge Canada is accusing the company of gender discrimination after years of poor treatment she attributes to her sex. Cindy Lawrence was hired in December of 2011 at Lafarge Canada’s Brookfield plant just south of Truro, Nova Scotia. She worked until January of 2019. Just four weeks into Continue readingFired while pregnant: Former LaFarge worker blows whistle on sexism

Amazon workers in Canada call for workplace organization and power

Editor’s note: The following is a statement from the Amazon Workers Collective. Rankandfile.ca is sharing this call-out in the interest of advancing the cause of mutual protection in the workplace, unionizing Amazon, and taking on Jeff Bezos and his corporate empire. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the rotten core of our economic system.  Wall Street Continue readingAmazon workers in Canada call for workplace organization and power

Ford government defeats amendment to remove profits from home care

By Zaid Noorsumar The Ontario PC government of Premier Doug Ford has rejected the Official Opposition’s call to remove profits from the province’s home care sector.  During the standing committee meetings for Bill 175 on Monday and Tuesday, the government struck down all of the amendments proposed by the opposition parties. The NDP proposed 19 Continue readingFord government defeats amendment to remove profits from home care

The battle in Edmonton for a new kind of transit

By Cee Rockarts In March, cities across Canada implemented fare-free public transit and back door boarding to encourage social distancing and curb the spread of COVID-19. On March 20, the City of Edmonton moved to temporarily suspend fare collection on all Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) buses, LRT and DATS services. Now, as many cities ‘relaunch’ Continue readingThe battle in Edmonton for a new kind of transit

“Now it is a disaster”: Nova Scotia long-term care worker speaks out

By Lisa Cameron Nova Scotia’s essential workers have been sustaining the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those on the front-line are Nova Scotia’s care professionals, whose employment requires that they jeopardize their health (and the health of their families) to tend to those most medically, financially, and structurally at risk.  Care workers in Nova Continue reading“Now it is a disaster”: Nova Scotia long-term care worker speaks out

Mainstream media refuses to talk profits in Ontario home care

“If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” – Malcolm X By Zaid Noorsumar The Ford government is back to overhauling Ontario’s home and community care system this month and Canadian media has nothing to say about it Continue readingMainstream media refuses to talk profits in Ontario home care

Shared Risk? OMERS indexing dispute fits pattern of attacks

By Haseena Manek The Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation Board of Directors will be voting on whether or not to scrap guaranteed indexing for members in favour of a proposal they call “Shared Risk,” on June 24. OMERS is a defined benefit plan for about half a million municipal workers in Ontario, Continue readingShared Risk? OMERS indexing dispute fits pattern of attacks

“We need a public, not-for-profit home care system”

By Zaid Noorsumar Ontario’s new home and community care legislation will likely become law by the end of the month with virtually no public consultation, even as it impacts over 700,000 annual care recipients who require personal support services, nursing care, physiotherapy and other services. Instead of addressing the myriad problems that have plagued the Continue reading“We need a public, not-for-profit home care system”

Ford government moving ahead with home care privatization bill

By Zaid Noorsumar Premier Doug Ford and his PC government are moving ahead with their new home care legislation. According to the Ontario Health Coalition, the legislation will further enable privatization of home care and remove the existing provisions of public control and accountability.  The legislation was being through the Ontario legislature before the government’s Continue readingFord government moving ahead with home care privatization bill

Ontario PCs aren’t alone: Exposing Liberal ties with corporate long-term care lobby

By Zaid Noorsumar Last month, Rankandfile.ca exposed extensive connections between Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives and the for-profit lobbying group, the Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA). Amidst growing public anger against the for-profit long-term care homes, a recent Huffington Post news report further highlights the ugly nexus between the for-profit long-term care industry, the Ford Continue readingOntario PCs aren’t alone: Exposing Liberal ties with corporate long-term care lobby

Profits over health in Alberta

By C. Rockarts On Thursday, May 14, Alberta “relaunched the economy” and began the first phase of the plan to re-open golf courses, provincial parks, as well as some retail stores, daycares, and museums. While many of the prairie provinces have decided to reopen, the comparison of cases between Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba is stark. Continue readingProfits over health in Alberta

Vancouver Island grocery workers go union and fight for hazard pay

By Hanna Wallace and Billy May Similar to the community care movement that has sprung up during the COVID-19 pandemic, the workers at Lifestyle Markets decided to organize a union drive out of a sense of care and respect for our fellow workers.  Lifestyle Markets has three locations on Vancouver Island. The first and largest Continue readingVancouver Island grocery workers go union and fight for hazard pay

Even in a Global Pandemic, Workers in Ontario Still Don’t Have a Right to Paid Sick Leave

By Rawan Abdelbaki It has been just over two months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. It was only a few days after that when the Conservative government of Ontario passed Bill 186, Infectious Disease Emergencies amendment to the Employment Standards Act. Bill 186 was designed to offer job protections to those workers who Continue readingEven in a Global Pandemic, Workers in Ontario Still Don’t Have a Right to Paid Sick Leave

Ontario PPE guidelines based on supply, not protecting workers

Jim Brophy, occupational health expert, says guidelines are not based on scientific evidence By Zaid Noorsumar Gloria Turney, is incensed at the death of her fellow union member and home care worker, Arlene Reid.  Reid, aged 51, tragically died a few days after contracting COVID-19. Her primary job was as a home care worker for Continue readingOntario PPE guidelines based on supply, not protecting workers

NS authorities ignored early warnings from long-term care workers and unions

By John McCracken The largest and one of the deadliest outbreaks of Covid-19 in a long-term care (LTC) facility in Canada is raising serious questions about how Nova Scotia’s government has handled the crisis – and whether ignoring early warnings from frontline workers and their unions had deadly consequences. The Northwood Centre in Halifax is Continue readingNS authorities ignored early warnings from long-term care workers and unions

Pandemic pay doesn’t cut it for Ontario’s home care workers

By Zaid Noorsumar The recent announcement by the Ford government to provide an additional $4 per hour for 16 weeks has been welcomed by home care workers, but they also say the sector needs fundamental transformation. “It’s a nice little bonus, but it’s not going to come anywhere close to fixing home care,” says Tammy Continue readingPandemic pay doesn’t cut it for Ontario’s home care workers

Couriers block traffic to protest Foodora’s withdrawal from Canada

by Anna Bianca Roach Foodora workers laid their bikes on the ground, stood two metres apart, and blocked Richmond Street traffic in front of the company’s office on Friday afternoon. The workers chanted and gave speeches protesting Foodora’s recent decision to withdraw from the Canadian market. Foodora couriers won the right to unionize roughly two Continue readingCouriers block traffic to protest Foodora’s withdrawal from Canada

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