Canadian Labour Institute

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Apr 3, 2019
Fired over a $1 fryIn the end, it turned out the Burger King case against Usha came down to a $1 order of fries. Burger King said they fired her for stealing them. Usha said her shift boss told her she could have them. The whole incident started with a simple and reasonable request one day in...
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Mar 29, 2019
WE DON’T WANT OUR MEDICARE TO BE THIS WAY. A man dies after six hours in a cold hospital corridor, waiting for medical attention. A woman with broken bones, cracked ribs and internal bleeding waits nearly two days for surgery in a hospital “holding area.” Patients are stashed in offices, given...
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Mar 28, 2019
THEY ARE READY TO TAKE ON ALL COMERS TO WIN. And they do. Even if it means using the courts against the very people who are supposed to be looking out for their rights. Human rights activists in Nova Scotia have taken the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) to court more than once—and won....
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Mar 26, 2019
ONE HUNDRED CEOs WANT DOUG FORD TO THINK AGAIN. They want the Ontario premier to change his mind about junking the province’s Universal Basic Income pilot project. They believe scrapping the pilot loses a real chance to gain insight into constructive ways to deal with real job destruction and...
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Mar 25, 2019
DOUG FORD WANTS TO BE THE BURGER KING OF ONTARIO. He wants to have it all his own way. Unions there have distinctly different plans for the Ontario premier. OPSEU (the Ontario Public Service Employees Union) and Unifor have joined forces in a formal alliance to go toe-to-toe with Ford. The two...
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Mar 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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Mar 20, 2019
GEOFFREY RUBIN IS PLEASED WITH THE JOB HE’S DOING. The rest of us not so much. Not since we learned he’s investing some of our CPP (Canada Pension Plan) money in companies that profit from locking up immigrants crossing into the USA. Rubin is chief strategist for the CPP Investment Board (CCPIB)—...
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Mar 19, 2019
AUDREY LOCKWOOD DOESN’T MINCE WORDS. “Women need to be saying ‘NO’ to just about any volunteer work in the office that does not lead to increased salaries and promotions, and the minute someone asks you to volunteer, hit back immediately with ‘It'll cost you—what pay raise will I get out of this...
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Mar 18, 2019
NONE OF US WANTS TO WIND UP AS SHARK BAIT. But a lot of us do. Statistics show a lot of us get hooked by “payday lenders” with their loan shark interest rates. Susan Leblanc wants to use credit unions to give us a better choice. Leblanc is an NDP Member of the Legislature in Nova Scotia. She has...
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Mar 15, 2019
GETTING A CHANCE TO PLAY JUST DOESN'T CUT IT. The teenage players on the 60 teams in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) believe they deserve more. The team owners don’t agree. More and more players are acting to change that. Action by players includes an ongoing class action for back pay and a drive...
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