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Ontario teachers begin one-day strike against Ford’s cuts

Today, members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) walk off the job to protest ongoing attacks to the education system by Doug Ford’s government. Key issues for the teachers’ job action include preserving jobs, lowering class sizes and rejecting mandatory e-learning courses for students. The one-day province-wide walk-out will close secondary schools across Continue readingOntario teachers begin one-day strike against Ford’s cuts

Q&A with OFL Presidential candidate Barry Conway

The Ontario Federation of Labour’s biennial convention starts on Monday. In addition to the hundreds of resolutions that will be voted on and the action plan that will be hotly debated, this convention will see an open election for the position of OFL President as outgoing president, Chris Buckley, will not be seeking another term. Continue readingQ&A with OFL Presidential candidate Barry Conway

Q&A with OFL Presidential candidate Barry Conway

By Evan Johnston The Ontario Federation of Labour’s biennial convention starts on Monday. In addition to the hundreds of resolutions that will be voted on and the action plan that will be hotly debated, this convention will see an open election for the position of… Read More

Unionizing a Montreal Kitchen

Over the past summer, Montreal had heatwaves. Temperatures approaching 40 degrees with humidity prompted the city to issue warnings—stay hydrated, don’t spend too much time outside. Mohamed Ahmed was working during one of them, as a driver for Aux Vivres Cuisine. His job was to bring the company’s well-known vegan food to retailers across the Continue readingUnionizing a Montreal Kitchen

Unionizing a Montreal Kitchen

By Jon Milton Over the past summer, Montreal had heatwaves. Temperatures approaching 40 degrees with humidity prompted the city to issue warnings—stay hydrated, don’t spend too much time outside. Mohamed Ahmed was working during one of them, as a driver for Aux Vivres Cuisine. His… Read More

The Police Budget is Bleeding Winnipeg’s Community Services Dry

Read the Community Services Budgethttps://winnipeg.ca/interhom/Budget/2020Budget/pdfs/2020-Multi-year-Budget-Presentation_Community-Services_20191116.pdf Stop the Cuts to Winnipeg Transit – Community Forumhttps://www.facebook.com/events/567333177358988/ Sign Up to Speak Nov 27 & 28https://winnipeg.ca/clerks/council/delegation.stm Winnipeg Police Cause Harmhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/winnipegpolicecauseharm/ Transit Users Solidarity Coalition Winnipeg twitter.com/TUSCWinnipeg Bolivia Solidarity Draft Resolutionhttp://rankandfile.ca/no-to-the-coup-in-bolivia-draft-resolution/ Climate Justice Edmontonclimatejusticeedmonton.com Bar None Winnipeghttps://barnonewpg.org/

The Police Budget is Bleeding Winnipeg’s Community Services Dry

Read the Community Services Budget https://winnipeg.ca/interhom/Budget/2020Budget/pdfs/2020-Multi-year-Budget-Presentation_Community-Services_20191116.pdf Stop the Cuts to Winnipeg Transit – Community Forum https://www.facebook.com/events/567333177358988/ Sign Up to Speak Nov 27 & 28 https://winnipeg.ca/clerks/council/delegation.stm Winnipeg Police Cause Harm https://www.facebook.com/pg/winnipegpolicecauseharm/ Transit Users Solidarity Coalition Winnipeg Twitter.com/TUSCWinnipeg Bolivia Solidarity Draft Resolution http://rankandfile.ca/no-to-the-coup-in-bolivia-draft-resolution/ Climate Justice Edmonton climatejusticeedmonton.com… Read More

Toronto Janitors Beat Lockout

For nearly four months, the five Filipino janitors at the Icon condominium in downtown Toronto were locked out of their workplace. For almost four months, Emma Llanes, a cleaner at the building with six years of service, was forced to purchase her heart medications out-of-pocket, because she didn’t have access to her benefits plan. For Continue readingToronto Janitors Beat Lockout

Toronto Janitors Beat Lockout

By Zaid Noorsumar For nearly four months, the five Filipino janitors at the Icon condominium in downtown Toronto were locked out of their workplace. For almost four months, Emma Llanes, a cleaner at the building with six years of service, was forced to purchase her… Read More

No to the Coup in Bolivia Draft Resolution

Democracy in Bolivia is under attack. A military coup has ousted the democratically elected President, Evo Morales. Now, trade unionists and Indigenous peoples are facing violent attacks from the military and the right wing. Our government has shamefully supported this coup. These are two draft… Read More

Reduce Nova Scotia’s Work Week

By Lisa Cameron At 48-hours, Nova Scotia has one of the longest workweeks in the country. Before a worker is legally entitled to earn an overtime rate of pay (one-and-a half times their regular wage), they generally have to have worked 48-hours over a one-week… Read More

Edmonton posties willing to defy back-to-work

CUPW Local 730 has sent a letter to CUPW’s national office asking for support in defying back-to-work legislation. CUPW was legislated back to work nearly one year ago, which broke the postal workers’ rotating strike across the country. CUPW Local 730 President Roland Schmidt explains… Read More

Kenney’s cuts

By Chloe Rockarts On Thursday, October 24, the Alberta government released the provincial budget, which was nothing short of a brutal frontal assault on province’s public services, workers and the poor. The government outlined it would cut program spending by 2.8% over the next four… Read More

From Chile to Chicago to Calgary, it’s the same austerity

Alison McIntosh, Research Manager at the Parkland Institute breaks down Alberta’s new austerity budget from the United Conservative Party government. A short excerpt from the Chicago Teachers Union podcast CTU Speaks with CTU Chief of Staff Jennifer Johnson explaining the core issues 25,000 Chicago teachers… Read More

Building worker solidarity across sectors

Kevin Bittman from Unifor 594 in Regina, Saskatchewan discusses impending lockout for Co-op refinery workers. www.unifor594.com/ Mike Espenell, from IBEW 2034 discusses how Brian Pallister’s cuts to Manitoba Hydro have impacted Hydro’s ability to respond to last week’s snow storm, which knocked out power for… Read More

Do union-backed strategic voting campaigns really work?

by Larry Savage Increasingly, unions in Canada have embraced strategic voting as a preferred strategy to defeating Conservative politicians. But does it really work? While the specific calculus for strategic voting changes with each election, and the results are mixed at best, evidence suggests the… Read More

Occupy Ford: No more workplace deaths

By Anna Bianca Roach (https://twitter.com/annabiancaroach@annabiancaroach) Today, Oct. 17, at 14:45, a group of  40 activists gathered in front of Ontario Premier Ford’s office in Etobicoke. By the time they had arrived, ten people had already entered Ford’s office to occupy it. They were there to… Read More

ATU demands a national public intercity transit service

ATU Canada has sponsored an audio documentary called Still Waiting for the Bus: The Unnatural Death of Prairie Intercity Transit, made in partnership with Winnipeg-based documentary producer and RankandFile.ca editor Emily Leedham. This documentary explores the impacts of losing the Saskatchewan Transportation Company and Greyhound bus… Read More

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