Canadian Labour Institute

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Jul 2, 2019
UNIONS HAVE THE SUPREME COURT ON THEIR SIDE. The proof of that is set out in detail in Brave New World: Fundamental Labour Rights in the Charter Era, the latest major study from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR)   The paper shows that the evolution of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC...
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Jun 13, 2019
WHO REALLY PROTECTS US? Who ensures that people don’t get hurt, that systems are fair and that as much as possible, people don’t get hurt?   The legislation of recreational marijuana in Canada has led to some very interesting questions and public discussions. Whether you agree with the decision by...
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Jun 12, 2019
DAVID DOOREY WANTS TO LOCK UP BAD BOSSES. The associate professor of Work Law and Industrial Relations at York University says it just might get them to treat their employees better. Nothing else seems to. Every province has laws to protect workers and punish bad bosses. But these laws do little to...
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May 28, 2019
CAN A ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’ DO IT AGAIN? Many progressives in the USA think it can. They believe a massive government program can re-make the USA the way the original New Deal did in the 1930s.   Firebrand Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced their “Green...
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May 27, 2019
SHIRLEY PECK BEAT THE ODDS. She and her union took on the Canadian military and won.   The DND (Department of National Defence) was all set to yank Shirley’s job away from her and six others last fall. Shirley, and her co-workers, and all the members of her PSAC (Public Service Alliance of Canada)...
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May 22, 2019
MILLENNIALS TO BOOMERS: IT’S SO OVER. Millennials are #over waiting for you to fight climate change for us. Hundreds of young people gathered in Ottawa from February 14th to 18th to prove it.   They came from across Canada for Powershift: Young and Rising, a youth-led “summit” aimed to mobilize,...
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May 21, 2019
MORE JOBS FOR WOMEN IS NOT GOOD NEWS. Sophie Webb explains why in her new study A Deal with the Devil: An analysis of the feminization of labour, the rise of the precariat and the effects of contract work on Canadians—the latest research sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights and...
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May 17, 2019
YOU WORK. YOU GET PAID. Thirty-five thousand students in Quebec took to the streets to drive home that simple principle again in mid-March.   Their mass walkout from March 18 to 25 was a pointed reminder to the Avenir Quebec government to keep its word. Mass student demonstrations last fall...
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May 10, 2019
GOOD NEWS IS NO NEWS. Not in 2019. So we don’t hear a lot about how good Medicare is. In fact, the truth that there is good news about Medicare will itself be news to a lot of Canadians.   We too often let bad news get the best of us: plane crashes, tidal waves, stock market meltdowns, mass...
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May 9, 2019
NUNAVUT MAY BE THE HUNGER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. Food Secure Canada says food insecurity rates in Nunavut are the highest among indigenous people anywhere in the world. That’s because food there just costs too damn much:   $29.49 for a pound of bacon   $4.29 for a package of Kraft dinner   $99...
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