Canadian Labour Institute

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Sep 28, 2018
OUT OF WORK. OUT OF MONEY. DIDN’T MATTER. THEY HAD EACH OTHER. Nine baristas are the worker-owners of a new coffee shop in Halifax, the Glitter Bean Cafe. The nine are all survivors of the collapse of the Smiling Goat cafe. They were all left high and dry when the owner went bankrupt last spring....
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Sep 26, 2018
HOW DO WE HANDLE THE TRUTH ABOUT WORK?  We ignore it. We ignore the stark reality that working for a living for many of us—too many of us—is now a hellscape: a nightmare world of precarious work, usually low-paid, sometimes unpaid, often part-time; combined with grossly unfair and shitty working...
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Sep 25, 2018
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS JUST SAID NO. They simply refused to be part of Donald Trump’s plan to separate immigrant kids from their moms and dads. There was no way they could justify it: not as flight attendants; not as human beings. They took to Facebook to express their anguish and anger about being...
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Sep 24, 2018
WORKING AS A BUILDING MANAGER IS NO DREAM JOB. The responsibilities are high, the pay is low, overtime is almost never paid. Complaining about any of it is a good way to get fired. And, worst of all, evicted. But more and more building managers are complaining and often winning—like Lily.* Lily...
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Sep 21, 2018
COLIN KAEPERNICK FINALLY MADE THE STARTING LINEUP. But not with the NFL. The blackballed quarterback was picked by Amnesty International to receive it’s highest honour, the 2018 Ambassador of Conscience Award. The award “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice.” That’s exactly...
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Sep 20, 2018
THE BOSS LIED TO THEM FOR YEARS AND THEY KNEW IT. They knew their work was making them sick. They knew a study by the boss that said it wasn’t was bogus. Now the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) says the workers were right all along. The WSIB is re-examining more than 250...
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Sep 11, 2018
FRENCH WORKERS ARE FREE AT LAST. They no longer have to be connected to work by mobile phone or internet 24/7. Effective January 1, 2017 they will have the legal "right to disconnect" from their phones and e-mails after working hours. Every company with more than 50 employees has to draw up a...
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Sep 6, 2018
An Ontario arbitrator has ruled the North Bay Regional Health Centre was wrong to fire her in February 2016 for talking in public about the violence nurses regularly face at work. He has ruled that Sue should get her job back, with pay. The arbitrator concluded there is a “broad acceptance that...
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Sep 5, 2018
LJUDMILA PETROVIC HAS RECURRING NIGHTMARES. Wulfgang (Serina) Zapf is “traumatized, burnt out and exhausted.” Sara Davidson fights the fear of working alone, all alone. Al Black had to give up his dog. Maureen just can’t “absorb the tragedy of these lost lives.” Billy Smith fears finding another...
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Sep 4, 2018
JEAN SWANSON AIMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE POLITICS IN VANCOUVER. She says the first step will be to elect her to Vancouver city council on October 4. Her focus is on the lack of affordable housing in Vancouver and the rocketing rise in homelessness that results from it. “I want to be an activist...
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