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Demands grow louder in Ontario to end for-profit nursing homes

By Zaid Noorsumar The Ontario Health Coalition is holding an online Day of Action today, May 1, to demand the Ontario PC government and Premier Doug Ford fix long-term care. The hashtag #FixLTCFord is being used by the Coalition and its supporters on Twitter and other social media platforms. In addition to demanding the elimination Continue readingDemands grow louder in Ontario to end for-profit nursing homes

Why I’m voting NO for OSSTF tentative agreement

By Rick BeerOSSTF member, Toronto District School Board Some people believe that education workers should be grateful to have kept their jobs and their paycheques under the current circumstances – education workers should have gratitude for another contract containing real wage cuts. Some people believe that education workers should be fearful that the government would Continue readingWhy I’m voting NO for OSSTF tentative agreement

“A great first step,” workers respond to GM Oshawa plant conversion for PPE

by Emily Leedham After two weeks of pressure from the Oshawa community, General Motors announced yesterday it would re-open a portion of the plant to manufacture one million masks per month for health care workers. Former Oshawa GM workers and health care workers held a joint-press conference on Thursday, April 9 demanding the Oshawa complex Continue reading“A great first step,” workers respond to GM Oshawa plant conversion for PPE

Grocery workers talk poverty wages and pandemic profits

These low-wage, essential workers in Ottawa are getting organized By Michelle Paquette and Doug Yearwood After large private sector grocery retailers introduced pay increases for frontline workers, Herb & Spice—a locally owned and operated grocery store in Ottawa— announced that its employees would receive a $1.50/hour hazard pay increase. Unlike other grocery stores who have Continue readingGrocery workers talk poverty wages and pandemic profits

Telephone townhall transcript reveals Cargill workers’ frustrations

by Emily Leedham Workers reveal fear, frustration, and doubt in Cargill’s ability to manage the COVID-19 outbreak at the High River meatpacking plant in a recent Telephone Town Hall. RankandFile.ca obtained an automated transcript of a Telephone Town Hall between members of Cargill plant management, the Alberta Government, Alberta Health Services, and Cargill plant workers Continue readingTelephone townhall transcript reveals Cargill workers’ frustrations

‘Essential’ undocumented workers demand healthcare, CERB & status

By Emily Leedham “We are invisible, and no one – not the government or society – wants to see or hear us.” said Liliana Trejo, an undocumented worker based in Montreal, at an online press conference today. “If this virus does not kill us, hunger will.” The press conference was organized on Thursday, April 16, Continue reading‘Essential’ undocumented workers demand healthcare, CERB & status

The Business Wage Subsidy: Trickle-Down Economics on Steroids

By Doug Nesbitt The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now law and the program will last three months retroactive to March 15. The legislation passed at a sitting of parliament on April 11. It is the single biggest trickle-down economics program in Canadian history.  All private businesses, as well as charities and NGOs, are Continue readingThe Business Wage Subsidy: Trickle-Down Economics on Steroids

Workers demand Oshawa GM plant converted to produce medical equipment

by Emily Leedham To address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment such as ventilators, workers are demanding former General Motors plant in Oshawa be converted to produce these supplies to support frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There’s a dire shortage of that equipment, it’s being rationed,” Michael Hurley, President Continue readingWorkers demand Oshawa GM plant converted to produce medical equipment

Largest layoff in Alberta history proves workers aren’t Kenney’s priority

Photo via REUTERS/Chris Wattie by C Rockarts On Saturday, March 28, two days before workers were set to return from Spring Break,  the UCP government announced the province’s largest mass layoff in history, with $128 million in cuts to funding for 26,000 educational assistants, bus drivers, substitute teachers and other K-12 support staff. The government Continue readingLargest layoff in Alberta history proves workers aren’t Kenney’s priority

Weekly labour news digest – April 5 2020

Unemployment and income supports Holes in the safety net: CERB and EI coverage falls shortZaid Noorsumar, Rankandfile.ca, March 29 2020 Wage subsidy plan is full of big problemsNora Loreto, Rankandfile.ca, March 31 2020 Demand Compassion: Rent Strikes & Emergency BenefitsEmily Leedham, Rankandfile.ca, March 30 2020 Much stronger conditions needed on federal wage subsidy programToby Sanger, Continue readingWeekly labour news digest – April 5 2020

VIDEO: Co-op Refinery Lockout Update

by Emily Leedham Regina refinery workers have been locked out since December 5, 2019. This short video provides a recap of the struggle to the present, including the scab camp: a ticking COVID-19 time bomb. Sign the petition to shut down the scab camp here.

Party of Profits: Ontario Tories and the profit motive in long-term care

By Zaid Noorsumar On March 27, the Ontario government announced an emergency order making “sweeping changes” to staffing, training, and reporting requirements in the province’s long-term care homes. The order was issued in response to COVID-19’s disastrous impact in the sector. As of April 1, 29 deaths in Ontario nursing homes have been linked to Continue readingParty of Profits: Ontario Tories and the profit motive in long-term care

Wage subsidy plan is full of big problems

By Nora Loreto Justin Trudeau announced his government’s most significant aid package for Canadians workers on Friday. The Liberals will subsidize wages by 75% to convince employers to stop layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. The measure will be available to all businesses, and eligibility criteria are slowly being released. The decision increases his previous promise Continue readingWage subsidy plan is full of big problems

COVID-19: We Should Have Been Listening to Healthcare Workers

by Jon Milton Denyse Joseph is helping to manage a crisis team for her union. “We’re looking at everything that comes out each day, each hour, regarding this pandemic crisis,” she tells RankandFile.ca. “What are the measures the government is putting in place? Is it respecting the safety and security of our members?” Joseph is Continue readingCOVID-19: We Should Have Been Listening to Healthcare Workers

Demanding Compassion: Rent Strikes & Emergency Benefits

by Emily Leedham So you want to organize a rent strike? On this week’s Rank & File Radio, Stefan Hodges discusses tenants unions, rent strikes & responding to evictions. Alvin Finkel discusses the future of the Canadian social safety net after COVID-19. Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy by Alvin Finkelwww.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/co…=9781352003093 Tenants Rights Provincial Continue readingDemanding Compassion: Rent Strikes & Emergency Benefits

Weekly labour news digest – March 29 2020

Holes in the safety net: CERB and EI coverage falls short The federal government is moving at breakneck speed in the midst of the pandemic. Within a week, it announced two new income support programs, before replacing them with the newly legislated Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The redesigned social safety net is an improvement, Continue readingWeekly labour news digest – March 29 2020

Holes in the safety net: CERB and EI coverage falls short

By Zaid Noorsumar The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) introduced this week by the Liberal government is a vast improvement over the beleaguered Employment Insurance system but still excludes many people.  The CERB applications are expected to be available online on April 6 with payments to be issued within 10 days. Recipients will be paid Continue readingHoles in the safety net: CERB and EI coverage falls short

How Edmonton posties are fighting for health and safety

By Doug Nesbitt Postal workers across the country are pressing Canada Post management to clean up its act. COVID-19 infections among postal workers have already led to the suspension of mail delivery in Newfoundland and most recently the closure of a mail depot in North Bay, Ontario. In Edmonton, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Continue readingHow Edmonton posties are fighting for health and safety

Essential but precarious: Toronto bike couriers fight for a union

By Haseena Manek Since Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced restaurants would stay open for takeout and delivery during the COVID19 pandemic, bicycle couriers have ben deemed “essential” workers. Already a dangerous job, bicycle couriers working for food delivery apps like Foodora, Uber Eats, Doordash and Skip the Dishes have no sick leave, no health insurance. Continue readingEssential but precarious: Toronto bike couriers fight for a union

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