Rankandfile.ca Weekly Labour Update – April 7 2014

Nova Scotia’s Bill 37 | Unifor Toyota drive | Edmonton layoffs | Hassan Husseini | Inequality | Gender pay gap | OPSEU and the LCBO | Anti-UAW firm | GM’s murderous decision

Nova Scotia’s Bill 37: News Round-up

Bill 37: Cutting Nova Scotia’s unions off at the knees
Larry Haiven, testimony to the Nova Scotia legislature
April 3, 2014

VIDEOS: Fighting Bill 37
Nova Scotia nurses and labour lawyer Ray Larkin

“I don’t think one day will be enough”: Public reacts to nurses strike
April 3, 2014

On Gender, Work and Bill 37
Chris Parsons, Rankandfile.ca
April 3, 2014

The nurses are not in the struggle alone: Labour comes together to fight Bill 37
Robert Devet, Halifax Media Co-op
April 2, 2014

Unifor vows escalated union drive after putting off Toyota vote
Kitchener-Waterloo Record
April 4, 2014

Unifor, the union seeking to represent workers at Toyota, vows it will “escalate” its organizing drive at the auto maker’s plants in Cambridge and Woodstock — even as it “temporarily” withdraws the application that would have triggered a vote on a union next week.

Layoffs at Edmonton seniors home incites protests
Edmonton Sun
April 2, 2014

Workers at the Saint-Thomas Health Centre, 8411 91 St. NW, — which predominately serves francophone Albertans — became enraged after the centre’s executive director Paul Denis said he will terminate all housekeeping, laundry and food employees and bring in an outside contractor to do the work Denis has plans to do the same with all nursing positions, says the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

Interview with Hassan Husseini, Canadian Labour Congress presidential candidate
Samantha Ponting, Rankandfile.ca
April 4, 2014

On April 1, 2014 Rankandfile.ca‘s Samantha Ponting interviewed Hassan Husseini who is running for the presidency of the Canadian Labour Congress at its May 5-9th 2014 convention.

Canada’s richest 86 have wealth of poorest 11 million
CTV News
April 3, 2014

The report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that the country’s 86 richest individuals and families — or 0.002 per cent of the total population — are getting exponentially richer and now have accumulated as much wealth as the country’s poorest 11.4 million. That’s more than in 1999, when the richest 86 had as much money as the poorest 10.1 million and enough to buy up everything in New Brunswick and still have about $40 billion left over.

Secrets of the gender pay gap revealed
Equal Pay Coalition
April 2, 2014

Ontario’s gender pay gap, according to latest Statistics Canada figures, is 31% (based on all male and female average annual earnings – including part time workers). The gap is much higher for women of colour, women with disabilities or Aboriginal women.

OPSEU endorses LCBO expansion plan; time to repatriate Agency stores
April 1, 2014

The union that represents more than 7,000 LCBO employees today applauded the government’s decision to expand beer, wine and spirits sales to large, retail grocery outlets. But OPSEU president Smokey Thomas noted that the Liberal announcement failed to address the future of privately-profitable LCBO Agency stores, especially those which have annual revenues in the millions of dollars.

The Firm behind the anti-UAW videos in Chattanooga
John Logan, truthout.org
April 2, 2014

During the unionization campaign, the “union-avoidance” firm SMI run a slick anti-union web site – no2uaw.com – which several observers credited with scaring workers against the union. The web site states that it was created by “concerned VW team members.” But in reality, SMI was anything but a grass-roots organization of ordinary workers. It was a Tennessee corporate organization, fronted by an anti-union lawyer, Maury Nicely, who told Reuters that the group raised funds in the “low six figures” for its anti-union campaign from “businesses and individuals,” rather than from rank-and-file workers.

Michael Moore: The Criminals at General Motors should get the ultimate penalty
April 2, 2014

I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks. The executives at GM knew for 13 years that their cars had a defective ignition switch that would, well, kill people. But they did a “cost-benefit analysis” and concluded that paying off the deceased’s relatives was going to be cheaper than having to install a $10 part per car. They then covered up their findings and continued to let millions drive around with the defective part in their cars. There would be no recalls.

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