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Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga

It was a bad sign. On the day voting began at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the shift change suddenly turned blue. Throngs of workers were passing through the factory turnstiles in both directions, as the day shift ended and the night shift began.… Read More

Labour Politics and Deflection

By Bob Barnetson Last week, Alberta’s United Conservative government introduced legislation designed to suspend the arbitration of wage re-openers in most public-sector collective agreements. This move is widely expected to give the government time to cook up wage-freeze or wage-rollback legislation. There’s good coverage and analysis of this decision… Read More

Four things you should know about Bill 124

By Evan Johnston On Jne 5, the Ontario government introduced Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019. Peter Bethlenfalvy, current Treasury Board President and former Wall Street executive, claims that the bill “allow[s] for reasonable wage increases, while protecting… Read More

JFAAP to launch report on the rights of temp workers

By Haseena Manek Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) will be launching their new report, Permanently Temporary, at an event in Toronto this evening. The community-led report details experiences of community members working with temporary employment agencies and the challenges they face as a result… Read More

Legal aid cuts hurt workers and low-income Ontarians

By Rachel Gnanayutham, Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic In April, the Ford government announced a devastating 30% cut to legal aid funding, as part of its first provincial government. Yesterday, Legal Aid Ontario implemented the cuts to legal clinics. Many clinics providing services to marginalised,… Read More

Is it Time to Care Yet?

Read Part 1 of this look into the conditions of long term care in Ontario here. By Zaid Noorsumar On Jan. 23, 2007, 73-year-old Betty Moseley-Williams testified to the legislative standing committee about Bill 140, the Long-term Care Homes Act. Moseley-Williams, who had worked as… Read More

Fighting Uber & Lyft to Expand Public Transit

Public transit infrastructure and services have been actively under attack over the past several years. In 2017, the Sask Party shutdown the Saskatchewan Transit Company, which provided intercity bus transit in Saskatchewan. Last year, Greyhound pulled out of all but one of their bus routes… Read More

Breaking Point: Violence in Long Term Care

By Zaid Noorsumar Punched. Groped. Kicked. Killed. Violence in long-term care homes has to stop Staff and residents are caught in a vicious cycle of violence in Ontario’s nursing homes Caregivers who are punched, kicked, and spat on as they tend to residents. Caregivers who… Read More