Canadian Labour Institute

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Feb 11, 2019
EDDY ALMEIDA PROMISED DOUG FORD A FIGHT. He had 8000 people ready to back him up. They were gathered on the lawn in front to the Ontario legislature on October 23 to warn the Ontario premier not to make cuts to their health care. “Ford keeps saying that he’s ‘for the people’,” said Almeida, the...
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Feb 10, 2019
ONCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN ENOUGH. IT WASN’T. Another worker has been killed on the job at a Fiera Foods operation in Toronto. The fourth at a Fiera Foods consortium operation since 1999. This time death came to a man in his 40s. Another temporary worker. He was crushed to death October 25: a...
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Feb 8, 2019
UNION HATERS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME IN B.C. There is a $100 million answer to the question “what have unions done for you lately.” Two union bargaining associations have won a total of $100 million dollars for 31,000 health and social care workers who worked for too little, too long. The BCGEU (BC...
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Jan 28, 2019
WOMEN ARE TAKING IT TO THE STREETS AGAIN. The third annual US women’s march is set for January 19. The 2018 march was the largest demonstration ever in the USA. Canadian women held their own marches in 2018 and will do the same again this year all across Canada from Parliament Hill to major cities...
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Jan 25, 2019
AMINA DIABY IS PERMANENTLY DEAD. She was a temp worker. But now she is dead. Her work killed her in September 2016. Few remember. Amina’s death was the third at Fiera Foods—an industrial bakery, with four factories in Toronto that mass-produce bagels, croissants and pastries for major grocery...
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Jan 24, 2019
PAUL VIENNEAU IS THE “ASSHOLE WITH A SHOVEL”—and damn proud of it. Paul chose the name for himself in 2015 when the foul winter weather in Halifax turned him into a very public and very visible disability rights activist. One huge snowfall after another that year made it next to impossible to move...
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Jan 22, 2019
  PUBLIC SERVICES JUST WON’T DIE. No matter how hard politicians work to impose privatization on us. Reality continues to prove privatization is a bust. Privatization cannot, and does not, provide us with the range and quality of services we want, need and deserve. A good proof of that is the fact...
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Jan 17, 2019
GERARD COMEAU THOUGHT HE HAD A RIGHT TO CHEAP BEER. He was wrong. The Supreme Court of Canada told him so in April 2018. Gerard Comeau’s loss was our gain. The case had nothing whatever to do with cheap beer. It had everything to do with big business trying to weasel their way into our constitution...
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Jan 16, 2019
YOU WON’T SEE SEX OFFERED ON RESTAURANT MENUS. But it’s there. Restaurant workers hate it. Bosses demand it. Customers like it. And there is no law against it. Yet. “I’ve been through it all,” says Laura, a 15 year veteran of work in a dozen B.C. restaurants. I’ve had employers make comments about...
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Jan 15, 2019
THAT OLD, WELL-LOVED UNION SONG STILL APPLIES. At present, of course, the banks are now more often made of glass and steel. Their vaults are largely virtual, just numbers on a screen. But the workers—and the unemployed—are still sweating. And the banks are still raking it in. Oh, are they ever. The...
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