Weekend Video: Migrant Dreams

Director Min Sook Lee’s award-winning documentary follows the story of migrant workers who come to labour in Ontario greenhouses as part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Many are women recruited by brokers who illegally charge fees upwards of $7,000, with greenhouse owners complicit in… Read More

Weekend Video: Harlan County, USA

Harlan County, USA is a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covering the “Brookside Strike”, an effort of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company’s Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973. Directed and produced… Read More

Weekend Video: The EMD lockout

A wage cut of 50 per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands led to a major showdown at a locomotive factory in London, Ontario between the 700 unionized workers of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and Caterpillar, a massive U.S.-based corporation. The workers,… Read More

Weekend Video: No Shortcuts

Income inequality has reached levels not seen since the 1920s. Labor unions’ membership is in decline, and popular opinion has turned against them. Promising movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter lack an organized base, and therefore are unable to build the power… Read More

Weekend Video: Students4Teachers

Students right across Nova Scotia walked out of class to protest the government’s handling of the negotiations with the province’s teachers. The students4teachers walkout was the largest student walkout in the history of the province. Teachers have twice rejected tentative agreements with the province. The… Read More

Weekend Video: Precarious work

Nora Loreto, member of the Canadian Freelance Union and writer, speaks about the current crisis of precarious work and what happened to get us to where we are today. She was the keynote speaker at the The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back forum in Ottawa.