Canadian Labour Institute

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Aug 30, 2018
RICHARD SOLOMON IS A HERO TODAY. He is also living proof of the value of a strong public service. Richard is on the government payroll. He works for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). He is one of hundreds of firefighters deep in the Ontario woods doing the exhausting,...
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Aug 29, 2018
DONALD TRUMP GIVES POPULISM A BAD NAME. The “populism” he purveys is not even real populism. It is a deformed and twisted version of populism—a dark evil twin of true populism, whether of left or right. Wikipedia says: “In politics, populism refers to a range of approaches which emphasize the role...
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Aug 28, 2018
BETTINA SCHUURMAN DIDN’T WANT TO DIE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT. She wanted to live for it. That’s not how it worked out. Bettina, 55, was killed July 9 when a semi-trailer hit her John Deere 6430 tractor on a rural stretch of highway between Saskatoon and Langham, Saskatchewan. Her husband Henk...
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Aug 27, 2018
WALK THE TALK AND EVERYBODY WINS. That’s the lesson school teachers left their classrooms to teach in West Virgina in March. They taught it in just nine days. The teachers started a statewide walkout on February 22. It was illegal. But it was worth the risk. Talking got them nowhere. They decided...
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Aug 16, 2018
BETWEEN THE LINES BOOKS IS A BOSS-FREE ZONE. And it works. It works so well the collective is one of the most successful small book publishers in Canada. It has managed to stay in business for 40 years to publish over 350 books, many still in print. No small feat in an industry where long life with...
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Aug 15, 2018
YOU JUST CAN’T TRUST THE BOSS. Irving Shipyard workers in Halifax learned that lesson again January 25 when they checked their pay stubs. It turned out the mighty Irving corporation simply decided to stop making pension contributions on overtime pay. Worker reaction to the move was swift and...
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Aug 14, 2018
LIANE TESSIER HAS A BURNING DESIRE TO SEE JUSTICE DONE. It brought her victory in her battle against systemic sexual discrimination and workplace harassment in the Halifax fire department. But none of if came easy. Halifax Fire Chief Ken Stuebing delivered a formal apology to Liane on behalf of the...
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Aug 13, 2018
WE DON’T NEED MOVIE STARS TO REMIND US. We all know far too many men prey on the women who work for them. The federal Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) makes it worse. The SAWP offers workers hard work, few rights and a risk of deportation if you complain—even about sexual violence....
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Aug 10, 2018
YOU CAN ALWAYS GET MORE LIVES. All video game players know that. Video game developers can’t. They’re stuck in the real world with just one life and it’s often a killer. So, often that many of them are working to form a union. Life on the job for developers is a lot like factory work from the...
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Aug 9, 2018
WORK CONSTRUCTION AND YOU KNOW DEATH OR INJURY IS JUST ONE FALL AWAY. Any time, any place falls happen: from the top of a high-rise building; from an improvised scaffold in the atrium of a monster home; from the top of an unbalanced ladder while putting up lighting fixtures; from a moving scaffold...
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