Canadian Labour Institute

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Nov 11, 2019
IT’S A NO GO FOR SCOTT MOE. A 17-day strike by around 5000 workers in six crown corporations in Saskatchewan forced the premier to do something he said he couldn’t do: he made a deal. The details of the October 20 settlement will not be made public until the workers have voted on the terms...
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Oct 29, 2019
NONE OF THE ABOVE WINS AGAIN. That’s no surprise to my friend Tom, the carpenter. He told me that’s who he wanted to vote for. But, since he couldn’t vote for None of the Above, he didn’t vote at all. But, 17.8 million of us did vote. It turns out Tom’s choice was ours too. There was no decisive...
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Oct 28, 2019
SICK NOTES ARE SICK JOKES. They are also a waste of their time say doctors. Yet employers still insist on workers getting a doctor’s note when they are off sick with something minor, like a cold or the flu. Dr. Gary Ernest is a longtime family physician in Liverpool, N.S.  He says sick notes create...
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Oct 23, 2019
Four out of ten jobless workers get nothing out of the plan—no matter how much they paid into it or for how long. What benefits workers do get are skimpy and end too soon. A January 2019 report written by political scientist Donna Wood for the Atkinson Foundation outlines how bad it is. Wood sets...
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Oct 9, 2019
QUEBEC ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS ARE ON HIGH ALERT. A group of 150 activists gathered in Tadoussac, Quebec June 16 to demonstrate opposition to a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline proposed for eastern Canada.   Two days later the federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (...
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Oct 8, 2019
SOUTH OF THE BORDER male lawmakers are competing with each other in state legislatures to impose restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. The latest and most sweeping laws come from Alabama where the Republicans used their majority in their state senate to pass a law that bans abortion in that...
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Oct 7, 2019
NURSES AREN’T BOUNCERS. But their life on the job can too often be almost as violent. They’ve had enough of it.   Nurses are often kicked, punched, stabbed, scratched, and spat on. It has to stop  says Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). The union met with MPs...
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Oct 4, 2019
TESS SIKSAY WANTS TO ADD A UNION TO THE MENU. She is part of a team working to organize the food delivery workers at Foodora in Toronto.   The Foodora couriers and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) launched their “Justice for Foodora couriers” union drive on May 1 with a loud bike rally in...
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Sep 6, 2019
THE BOSS LIED TO THEM FOR YEARS AND THEY KNEW IT. They knew their work was making them sick. They knew a study by the boss that said it wasn’t was bogus. Now the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) says the workers were right all along. The WSIB is re-examining more than 250...
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Aug 21, 2019
“I WAS NOT A COMMUNIST ANTI-WAR DUPE IN THE 1960s. Just the way I am not a Big Oil dupe today,” says Don Charles. “But that’s not what Jason Kenney wants us all to believe.”   Kenney wants us all to believe environmental activists like Don are all part of what Kenney calls a vast conspiracy of “...
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