We continue the “Work in the West” podcast and interview series with labour law scholar Judy Fudge on her research interests with a focus on “modern slavery” and its connections with the COVID-19 pandemic, and research on migrant labour.
In our latest episode of the Work in the West podcast, industrial relations researcher Sean Tucker discusses the large-scale infection and deaths of workers in Alberta’s meatpacking industry due to COVID-19, particularly at the Cargill plant at High River. In the spring of 2020, the Cargill High River plant was the site of the largest Continue readingCargill, Alberta meatpacking, and the COVID-19 Pandemic
In this latest episode of the Work in the West podcast, Suzanne Mills, Adriane Paavo, and Benjamin Owens talk about their research project that looks at the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ workers in Sudbury and Windsor and what unions can do to improve work experiences. They shed light on the aims, methodology, findings, and implications of Continue readingA Conversation about Work, Inclusion and 2SLGBTQ+ people in Sudbury and Windsor
In this latest episode of Work in the West, Julie Guard talks about her book, “Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada”. Dr.Guard sheds light on the implications of her book on our understanding of women’s involvement in organized social movements, and parallels with the COVID-19 pandemic etc.
The working class Can kiss my ass I’ve got the foreman’s job Senate seat at last By Doug Nesbitt Within days of stepping down as Canadian Labour Congress president, Hassan Yussuff was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Rankandfile.ca readers will not be surprised or shocked. Yussuff’s love-in with the Liberals has Continue readingThe working class can kiss my ass…and other CLC stories
In our third episode of Work in the West, Tom Walker talks discusses the question of time and work, and what it means for natural resource-dependent economies, and worker’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In episode 2 of Work in the West, Tracy Zambory, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses discusses the addiction and mental health crisis in Saskatchewan and its impact on the work of nurses in the province, including everything from tough family conversations to safe injection sites. Learn more about SUN’s initiatives here: https://makingthedifference.ca/addictions
Rankandfile.ca is proud to host Work in the West, a podcast series about work and employment in Western Canada. We’ll be hearing from a wide range of people and posting new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. Work in the West is a research project about work and employment in Western Canada. It is facilitated by Continue readingIntroducing the Work in the West podcast series
By Doug Nesbitt As COVID-19 took hold through the spring of 2020, it ravaged the elderly, particularly those in congregate settings such as long-term care homes. By late spring, it was apparent that the infection and death rates in Ontario’s long-term care homes were among the worst in the world. Of all COVID-19 deaths in Continue readingPutting the long-term care profiteers out of business
“Work in the West” Podcast Series Interview participants wanted! With support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Drs. Shelagh Campbell and Andrew Stevens at the University of Regina, are facilitating a webinar and podcast series that focuses on the state of work and employment in Western Canada. This is an opportunity for Continue reading“Work in the West”: interview participants wanted!
By Lisa Cameron on behalf of the Halifax Workers’ Action Centre Workers at Wynn Park Villa, a long-term care home in Truro, Nova Scotia, are getting close to winning major workplace improvements. Less than a month since the abrupt termination of Tevin Crawford, a former long-term care nurse at the facility, the workers of Wynn Continue readingAfter nurse is fired, Truro long-term care workers go for union
Editor’s note: The author has been kept anonymous for privacy reasons and to prevent identification by the employer Most people I know would pinpoint mid-March 2020 when COVID-19 changed life as we know it. For myself, as a part-time worker at Shoppers Drug Mart, there were signs of what was to come over a month Continue readingPandemic Diary of a Shoppers Drug Mart worker