Saskatchewan’s 2017 Austerity Budget

By Andrew Stevens and Charles Smith Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget landed with an unenthusiastic thud last week. Riddled with cuts, job losses, public sector wage reductions, and tax increases, the Saskatchewan Party’s austerity budget has garnered few friends, with critics ranging from organized labour movement to… Read More

Osgoode workers win $15

By Ella Bedard By March 2018, every person working at Osgoode Hall Law School will be making $15 an hour or more. That makes Osgoode the first major post-secondary academic unit in Ontario to bring its employment practices in line with the demands of the… Read More

Labour News Update: March 27 2017

Manitoba Tories attack | Saskatchewan budget | Federal budget | CNRL workplace deaths inquiry | Nova Scotia classrooms | Chrysler outsourcing | CHS strike in Ontario | D-J Composites lockout | USA women’s hockey strike Manitoba Tories ready legislative assault on labour Scott Price, Rankandfile.ca… Read More

Weekend Video: Migrant Dreams

Director Min Sook Lee’s award-winning documentary follows the story of migrant workers who come to labour in Ontario greenhouses as part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Many are women recruited by brokers who illegally charge fees upwards of $7,000, with greenhouse owners complicit in… Read More

The case for paid sick days

By Anne Rucchetto & Kate Hayman In the midst of a busy flu season, the smooth functioning of the healthcare system is critical to the protection of population health, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and children. At the beginning of 2017,… Read More

ATU members to meet as unions slam Unifor, CLC

UPDATE: At noon March 17, RankandFile.ca learned from multiple sources that ATU Local 113 President Bob Kinnear resigned. Kinnear was first elected Local 113 president in 2003. Kinnear has also withdrawn his letter to the CLC invoking article the justification process to disaffiliate from the ATU under… Read More

Book Review: Education Justice

By Larry Kuehn, Director of Research, BC Teachers’ Federation The appointment of Betty DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education aroused considerable opposition. Many of those challenging her were acting on the subtitle of Howard Ryan’s book, “organizing against the corporate juggernaut.” Education Justice is a rewarding… Read More