Hudak’s gone but the austerity agenda remains

By David Bush The provincial election  in Ontario was fundamentally about Tim Hudak’s austerity agenda, specifically his plan to cut 100,000 public sector jobs.  There were of course local and regionally differences in terms of what motivated voters, but ultimately this election was a referendum… Read More

Labour power among the rank and file

By David Bush For the first time in Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) history an incumbent presidential candidate was defeated. The house of labour has its first new president in 15 years, but what does that really mean for the labour movement? Newly elected Hassan Yussuff used… Read More

BC Teachers’ Struggle: A Reader

The BC Teachers’ Federation is once again confronting the BC Liberal government in a fight over major issues like education funding, class room sizes, and better working conditions. And once again, the BC Liberals are exposing their authoritarian brand of lawmaking, challenging teachers to respond.… Read More

Weekend Video: The Grievance

The short 1954 documentary, The Grievance, is a introductory portrait of labour relations in mid-20th century Canada. Produced in cooperation with the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada, the film traces the process of filing a worker’s grievance in the mechanical and industrial fields. In one instance,… Read More

Boycott IKEA: Some Assembly Required

by Doug Nesbitt Locked out for thirteen months, over three hundred IKEA workers in Richmond, BC are still holding out. While setting record profits in 2013, IKEA is trying to impose a two-tier wage system and seriously weaken benefits. The stakes are high as IKEA… Read More

Put the NDP back in the plan?

CUPE Ontario Convention Report Back: May 27-31 By Grant MacNeil, convention delegate and president of CUPE local 4600 At this year’s CUPE Ontario Convention, held in Windsor, the messages delivered from the union’s leadership were fairly homogenous: things are bad, but they are getting better,… Read More