Labour News Update, March 7, 2016

Crown Royal workers strike after failed negotiations with employer | United Steelworkers to appeal debt decision in US steel proceedings | Taxpayers federation calls for Alberta teachers to take 10 percent wage rollback | Grassroots action saves door to door mail | Public workers reject deal with Quebec | “Labour struggles truly have no borders”: Vancouver’s connections to slave labour in Eritrea | Inside workers give up some job security, benefits, in tentative deal with City of Toronto | Sasktel workers arm union with strike authorization | Ontario budget 2016: More Liberal smoke and mirrors | Liberals announce review of Temporary Foreign Worker program

Crown Royal workers hit the picket lines
Crown Royal workers hit the picket lines

Crown Royal workers strike after failed negotiations with employer
March 6, cbc.ca
Workers at the Crown Royal distillery in Gimli, Man., hit the picket lines today after stalled negotiations with Diageo Canada, the company that runs the plant.

United Steelworkers to appeal debt decision in US steel proceedings
March 4, cbc.ca
The United Steelworkers will launch an appeal to overturn a judge’s ruling favouring U.S. Steel in ongoing bankruptcy protection proceedings. The union made the announcement on Friday, following Monday’s Superior Court ruling where Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel decided in favour of the Pittsburgh-based corporation on claims that the more than $2.2 billion it invested in the Canadian operations in Hamilton and Nanticoke is debt to be repaid.

Taxpayers federation calls for Alberta teachers to take 10 percent wage rollback
March 4, edmontonjournal.com
The association representing Alberta teachers fended off calls Thursday to accept a 10-per-cent wage rollback, while health unions said the province’s struggling economy has them girding for similar demands in the months ahead.

Grassroots action saves door to door mail
March 4, labornotes.org
When she heard trucks rumbling up her street to install a “Community Mailbox,” Patti Dalton and her neighbors sprang into action.

Public workers reject deal with Quebec
March 4, globalnews.ca
Quebec has issued an ultimatum to public workers holding out on a collective agreement. The FSSS-CSN represents over 110,000 public workers in health care and social services. It has been negotiating with the government since the fall of 2014. This week, this federation rejected the agreement, saying the deal doesn’t treat all of its members the same and comes up short when inflation is considered.

Labour struggles truly have no borders”: Vancouver’s connections to slave labour in Eritrea
March 3, Daniel Tseghay, rankandfile.ca
They worked 12 hours a day, with no more than an hour break under an unrelenting sun, for six days a week. When one worker left the work site without authorization he was imprisoned for four months. Working for the equivalent of $30 a month, they were rewarded with inadequate food and the housing.

Inside workers give up some job security, benefits, in tentative deal with City of Toronto
March 3, thestar.com
entative contract deal between the city of Toronto and its more than 20,000 inside workers strips job security and reduces benefits while giving employees a below-inflation-rate wage increase, the Star has learned.

Sasktel workers arm union with strike authorization
March 3, leaderpost.com
Unifor’s website says balloting by employees in late February gave “overwhelming support” to the strike mandate.

Ontario budget 2016: More Liberal smoke and mirrors
March 2, Gerard Di Trolio, rankandfile.ca
The early bird budget released by the Ontario Liberals is a masterful work at political triangulation covering for austerity once you cut through the smoke and mirrors of what they are calling their progressive policies.

Liberals announce review of Temporary Foreign Worker program
March 1, Samantha Ponting, rankandfile.ca
On Feb. 17, the federal government announced in mainstream media that it will conduct a full-scale review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada (CMWRC) is calling on the Liberal government to reveal details of the review process, and prioritize the voices of migrant workers.

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