The merger of the Canadian Autoworkers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP) into a single union called Unifor is taking place August 31-September 1 in Toronto. Unifor will consist of over 300,000 members, creating the largest private sector union in Canada. The… Read More
Dave Bush speaks with Kyle Buott, President of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council, about trade unionism and worker activism. Kyle addresses the political importance of local labour councils in regional labour movement struggles and building solidarity between workplace issues and social movements. [audio:http://rankandfile.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/kyle_buott_final.mp3|titles=Kyle Buott,… Read More
Canada After the longest certification campaign in Saskatchewan’s history, workers at the Weyburn Wal-Mart voted to decertify. The decertification vote took place in 2010, but the ballot box was sealed pending a court challenge and appeal. Wal-Mart was found guilty of numerous unfair labour practices… Read More
by Peter Hasek Originally published at School Edition! on August 14 2013 Editor’s note: a rally in support of Toronto Plaza Hotel workers is taking place today (August 15) at noon at the Toronto Plaza Hotel on 1677 Wilson Street. The USW brothers and sisters… Read More
Author’s introduction: Since the Conservatives won a majority government in May 2011, they have passed or threatened to pass back-to-work legislation against postal workers, CP Rail engineers, Air Canada flight attendants, baggage handlers, mechanics and pilots. Provincial legislation in BC and Ontario has seen teachers… Read More
by David Bush originally published at Rabble.ca, August 6 2013 As the Canadian labour movement stumbles from defeat to defeat in this crisis period it is worth asking why this is the case. What accounts for the trade union movement’s inability to mount an effective… Read More
A weekly digest of labour and labour-related news Locked out Nanticoke workers reject U.S. Steel’s latest offer CBC News, August 1 2013 American Fast Food Strikes Catch Fire David Moberg, In These Times, July 29 2013 Quebec brewery workers hold solidarity pickets for striking NAPE… Read More
A weekly digest of labour and labour-related news Canada PSAC going to federal court over forced vote at CBSA PSAC communication, July 2013 Ratification of Agreement Ends Airport Strike PSAC new release, 22 July 2013
by Doug Nesbitt The unionization of baristas in Halifax has earned mainstream news coverage, including CBC Radio’s “News at Six” and well-researched articles in the press addressing wider issues of low wages and lack of job security for young workers. In contrast, some commentary in… Read More
A joint internship with the Alternative Federal Budget and the Growing Gap Project About the Alternative Federal Budget The Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) is one of the CCPA’s longest running projects, now entering its 20 th year. It consists of 27 chapters written by over… Read More
A weekly digest of labour and labour-related news Halifax coffee shop workers in unique drive to unionize CBC, July 21 2013 Unionizing baristas symptom of job crisis in NS Halifax Media Co-op, July 15 2013 EI Whistleblower suspended without pay CBC, July 20 2013
The low wage service sector is one of the most difficult sectors for workers to form unions. The small workplaces’ lack of union tradition, high staff turnover and aggressive anti-union managers and owners in the sector have meant that most unions have stayed away from… Read More
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Over 50 people are reported dead and scores more injured after the catastrophic rail disaster in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic.
by Dan Bouchard Recording Secretary of CUPE 2544 This week I began my holidays. The previous week I had assembled a long “honey-do” list of items that I had planned to take care of. Amongst the top of them: staining the deck, sealing the driveway… Read More