Canadian Labour Institute

Type: Article

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...
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...
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...
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...
Jan 14, 2019
MOST OF US ARE LIKE COLUMBUS BEFORE 1492. Most of us have not yet made first contact. We have no idea what the Indigenous people who live here are really like. Our Indigenous people keep trying to change that. They alerted us to Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. The Sisters in Spirit Vigils for...
Jan 10, 2019
NO, IT'S NOT A NEW DANCE FOR 2017. It’s real life shit for far too many young people who did their part and got a degree, but find themselves unemployed, underemployed, or looking for something on the side, a side hustle, just to get by. That’s why so many of them are attracted to driving Uber or...