RFR: June 13 episode

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click here to download MP3 On this week’s show we interview Hans Rollman, a labour activist from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, discussing the strike as labour’s chief tactic, as well as the state of the Newfoundland and… Read More

Weekly news update, June 13, 2012

Wisconsin | Canadian pension plans | Davis Day, Cape Breton | Wages and CEO compensation in the U.S. | Iraqi oil workers | Hyundai receives 22,000 applications for 877 jobs | Report on trade union rights | Wisconsin In a major setback for workers in… Read More

RFR: June 6 episode

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click here to download MP3 This week’s show features an interview with George Smith, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. Mr. Smith has been widely cited in the press as a critic of… Read More

Weekly labour news update, May 30, 2012

Conservatives freeze EI data As the federal Conservatives introduces radical new changes to Employment Insurance, making it more difficult for recipients to collect EI, the government also plans on cutting the public off from important employment data. Human Resource Minister, Diane Finley, announced that her… Read More

May 30 episode of Rank and File Radio

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click here to download MP3 This week’s show features our labour news update followed by an analysis of the CP Rail strike. As always, Rank and File Radio airs Wednesdays, 5:30pm EST on CFRC 101.9FM in Kingston, Ontario.

The Air Canada Wildcat Strike

By Doug Nesbitt In the evening of Thursday, March 22, federal Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt disembarked at Toronto’s Pearson Airport to three Air Canada ground crew slow-clapping her in response to her back-to-work legislation against the Air Canada ground crew, baggage handlers, mechanics and… Read More

Love’s Labours Lost

Written February 11, 2012 (before Caterpillar and CAW reached a severance settlement) Published as “Love’s Labours Lost” in The Leveller Vol.4, No.5 By Doug Nesbitt Thousands of protesters carrying home-made placards and union banners surrounded Indiana’s Capitol Building as the State Senate passed HB 1001… Read More

Labour at the Crossroads?

article published by The Bullet, Socialist Worker and Lenin’s Tomb. By Doug Nesbitt A wage cut of fifty per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands have inevitably led to a major showdown at a locomotive factory in London, Ontario between the… Read More