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
Training & Education Coordinator The Broadbent Institute is a national non-profit organization, based in Ottawa and Toronto, which is dedicated to developing and supporting individuals, organizations and policies that advance a progressive vision of compassionate citizenship.
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
by David Bush and Doug Nesbitt On July 5, Nova Scotia’s New Democratic government reconvened the legislature to pass a special law revoking the right-to-strike for 800 ground and air ambulance paramedics of Local 727 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. The paramedics are… Read More
A recent story by Vancouver Sun reporter, Peter O’Neil, reveals that a poll widely cited by Tory MP, Russ Hiebert, to support Bill C-377 might have contained some dubious claims. The Senate just recently sent the Bill back to the Commons with a list of… Read More
by David Bush Since the economic crisis the union movement in Canada has faced a number of defeats at the bargaining table and on the picket line. On top of that the union movement has had to do battle with a slew of regressive legislative… Read More
A dozen Ontario teachers from an Eastern Ontario high school sent this letter to the Provincial Executive of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). It addresses former OSSTF president Ken Coran’s recent announcement to run for the Ontario Liberal Party in the London-West by-election.… Read More
by Doug Nesbitt Recent Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) president Ken Coran shocked many teachers, education workers and trade unionists this past week when it was announced he would run as an Ontario Liberal in the London-West by-election later this summer. Why would Coran… Read More