Briarpatch Magazine

Briarpatch Magazine is half way to its goal of recruiting 40 new subscribers. In 1973 the magazine was launched as a radical voice for Saskatchewan’s poorest citizens. Over the years it has seen both provincial and federal sources of funding dry up for political reasons.… Read More

Right-to-work in Ontario

On May 1, 2013, Ontario Tory MPP and labour critic, Randy Hillier (Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox and Addington) introduced two pieces of right-to-work style (RTW) legislation, Bill 64 “Defending Employees’ Rights Act (Collective Bargaining and Financial Disclosure by Trade Unions), 2013” and Bill 63 “Labour Relations Amendment Act… Read More

Job postings

CAW: Pensions and Benefits Department The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) is looking to hire a staff person for 6-month contract in the union’s Pensions and Benefits Department. More information about the position and how to apply can be found here. New Brunswick Nurses’ Union Communications… Read More

Another Round at the LCBO

by David Bush and Doug Nesbitt As in 2009, a last minute deal was reached between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), a provincial crown corporation, and the Liquor Board Employees represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Details of the tentative… Read More

Labour News Update, May 8 2013

Caterpillar closing its tunnelling plant by mid-April 2014, throwing 330 people out of work Toronto Star, May 3 2013 Alberta government insists union pay millions for ‘cost they put on taxpayers’ during wildcat strike Calgary Herald, May 2 2013 St. John’s NL airport strike drags… Read More

Labour News Update, 30 April 2013

Changes to Canada’s federal temporary foreign workers program: Is there any difference? Foreign Workers Canada: Tories Change Course On Controversial Program Wildcats in Alberta: Is labour militancy on the rise in Wildrose country? Alberta jail guard wildcat strike leaves main courthouses in gridlock Alberta jail… Read More

CUPE Saskatchewan – Job opportunity

CUPE Saskatchewan is searching for a temporary research representative to work July 2, 2013 – August 16, 2013. Responsibilities will include providing technical assistance to CUPE representatives, CUPE local unions and CUPE Saskatchewan as instructed by the Regional Director in consultation with the National Director… Read More

The Ignorance of Youth

By Dan Bouchard I have been a member of CUPE Local 2544 for over twenty-four years now. I started as a high school student working for the summer on the maintenance trucks with some of the different trades that the Peel District School Board (PDSB)… Read More

The Housing Monster

Check out this graphic novel by From finance to work, the nature of commodities, class struggle, and unions, has put together an excellent and critical political economy of the housing industry. Download the novel here. More information about is available on-line. The… Read More