Canadian Labour Institute

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Jan 23, 2020
THE OLD MAN WAS HURTING, HUNGRY AND MAROONED IN THE ER. No one wanted it that way. But that’s how it often is at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, NS. That’s why three ER doctors at the hospital are set to walk away. No one has worked harder than Dr. Rebecca Brewer, Dr. Rob Miller and Dr....
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Jan 6, 2020
THERE ARE TWO “INVISIBLE HANDS” AT WORK IN OUR DAILY LIVES. One is mythical and one is very real. The mythical one excites Bay Street. The real one lives in places like Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. CEOs and their pet economists and politicians go gaga over the mythical invisible hand. They say it...
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Dec 17, 2019
MARVIN MILLER FINALLY GOT HIS HOME RUN. The man who brought unions into baseball was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on December 9. No thanks to the powers that be inside baseball, or the baseball union Miller founded. Miller retired in 1982, but the Hall of Fame refused to put him on the ballot...
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Nov 21, 2019
WORKERS AT THE TORONTO AIRPORT ARE FLYING HIGH. They dare to think and act in solidarity, all on their own. It’s a new take on the old socialist ideal of workers councils—and it works. It used to cost $27.50 to ride the UP Express train to Pearson International Airport. Now it costs $12.50—just $3....
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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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