The Unifor Convention: A short primer

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

Rank and file podcast with Kyle Buott

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

Labour News Update: 19 August 2013

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

Labour News Update – August 5 2013

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

Baristas Rise Up in Halifax

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

Coke and polar bears and profits

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