Confronting Zero Tolerance

By Robert M. Schwartz Bosses are in love with zero tolerance policies. One arbitrator calls them “the last refuge of weak managers.” Zero tolerance policies authorize employers to discharge workers who commit specified infractions without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, length of service, or the… Read More

BC’s Fight for $15 can’t wait

By Daniel Tseghay and Derrick O’Keefe Jes Alford, of Sooke B.C., works at a grocery store and cares enough about her job that she often comes in early. But to supplement her minimum wage income she collects bottles and cans on the weekends, visits food… Read More

Alberta’s Bill 30 and the right to refuse

By Bob Barnetson Last week, Alberta’s government introduced Bill 30 (An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans). This legislation replaces the existing Occupational Health and Safety Act as well as amended the Workers’ Compensation Act. As the changes in Bill 30… Read More

How workers organized to win big in Ontario

By David Bush and Doug Nesbitt After nearly three years of organizing, protesting, striking, and lobbying, a grassroots workers’ campaign in Ontario has secured a huge victory. Against the unpopular Liberal government’s commitment to neoliberal austerity and sustained opposition from a powerful business lobby, the… Read More

Hamilton transit in the Age of Austerity

Editor’s introduction: This is the second half a two-part series on how austerity has damaged public transit. In this article Blake McCall, a Hamilton bus operator and ATU Local 107 member, and Caitlin Craven, a CUPW Local 548 and local Fight for $15 and Fairness… Read More

Young Worker for Life?

By Denise Martins This week, the Ontario Federation of Labour will once again be debating whether or not to redefine young worker from “30 years old or under” to a vague definition that leaves it up to each affiliate to define. Young people need a… Read More