Alberta NDP act like Tories on Bill 7

By, Bob Barnetson Last week, Alberta’s Bill 7 was passed and came into effect. This Bill moves faculty and graduate student collective bargaining under the Labour Relations Code. This means bargaining impasse will (effective immediately) be resolved via strike-lockout. Overall, Bill 7 is sensible and… Read More

Family leave for Albertans?

By Bob Barnetson The Vanier Institute of the Family recently released a short summary of caregiving in Canada. Caregiving entails providing support to a family member or friend who has a long-term health condition or a disability, or who requires care due to aging. In… Read More

Alberta workers under the NDP, part one

The New Democrats were elected in Alberta nearly two years ago. What changes have the New Democrats brought forward on the labour front and what challenges lie ahead for Albertan workers and unions? To answer these questions, Rankandfile.ca‘s Doug Nesbitt spoke with Bob Barnetson, Associate Professor of Labour… Read More

Trudeau’s war on a small Alberta town

By Crystal Warner CEIU Deputy Trustee BC/YT Selfie sticks were oddly missing on October 27 when senior federal government officials announced at a staff-only meeting that the Case Processing Centre (CPC) for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would be relocated from the town of… Read More

Minimum wages as economic stimulus?

By Angella MacEwen The Alberta government has announced their timeline for getting to $15 / hour, which includes eliminating the lower minimum wage for liquor servers. The Alberta Federation of Labour has an excellent minimum wage campaign, called “15 is fair”. I provided some research support… Read More

Remembering the Gainers strike

By James Wilt 30 years ago this month 1,080 meatpacking workers at Edmonton’s Gainers meatpacking plant went on strike. Peter Pocklington, the infamous owner of the plant who pleaded guilty to perjury in 2010, had attempted to use the economic downturn and alleged price manipulation… Read More

Weekend Video: $100 Barrel

Jody Hickey, an insulator who is also a singer/songwriter. After graduating from high school at age 17, Hickey said he chose what he describes as “the Cape Breton lifestyle,” moving away and coming back. He first headed to Toronto where he worked a variety of jobs… Read More