[audio:https://www.rankandfile.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/RFR_June6.mp3|titles=June 6 2012] Click here to download MP3 This week’s show features an interview with George Smith, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. Mr. Smith has been widely cited in the press as a critic of the federal government’s use of back-to-work legislation in the case of Air Canada and Continue readingRFR: June 6 episode
Note: Published on Translating the printemps érable, a website dedicated to translating Quebec news articles for an Anglophone audience. Original translation page. ~RFR June 2, 2012 Original French Text: http://www.journaldequebec.com/2012/06/02/suspendus-pour-leur-carre-rouge Canada Post suspended two Montreal employees on Friday for wearing the red square in support of the student movement. Management previously advised some employees verbally Continue reading“Canada Post: Suspended for their red square” (Le Journal de Québec)
Conservatives freeze EI data As the federal Conservatives introduces radical new changes to Employment Insurance, making it more difficult for recipients to collect EI, the government also plans on cutting the public off from important employment data. Human Resource Minister, Diane Finley, announced that her department has stopped sending Statistics Canada key and current information Continue readingWeekly labour news update, May 30, 2012
[audio:https://www.rankandfile.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/RFR_May30_1730.mp3|titles=May 30 2012] Click here to download MP3 This week’s show features our labour news update followed by an analysis of the CP Rail strike. As always, Rank and File Radio airs Wednesdays, 5:30pm EST on CFRC 101.9FM in Kingston, Ontario.
by Andrew Stevens and Doug Nesbitt On May 23, 4800 CP Rail workers went on strike after giving a 72-hour strike notice on May 19. The workers, represented by the Teamsters Rail Conference of Canada, had voted 95 percent in favour of a strike on April 27. The major issue is pensions, but there are Continue readingWorkers at CP get railroaded
Halifax cabbies | CP Rail | CAW 444 elections | Saint John media workers | Global youth unemployment | Toronto’s working poor | Flaherty’s EI reforms | Corporate criminal negligence | Charest’s Bill 78 Halifax cabbies consider unionizing Taxi drivers in Halifax, Nova Scotia are considering unionizing. Gary Jollymore, an independent cab driver in the city, Continue readingWeekly labour news update, May 23 2012
By Doug Nesbitt In the evening of Thursday, March 22, federal Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt disembarked at Toronto’s Pearson Airport to three Air Canada ground crew slow-clapping her in response to her back-to-work legislation against the Air Canada ground crew, baggage handlers, mechanics and pilots on March 14. Air Canada suspended the three workers Continue readingThe Air Canada Wildcat Strike
Written February 11, 2012 (before Caterpillar and CAW reached a severance settlement) Published as “Love’s Labours Lost” in The Leveller Vol.4, No.5 By Doug Nesbitt Thousands of protesters carrying home-made placards and union banners surrounded Indiana’s Capitol Building as the State Senate passed HB 1001 with a 28 to 22 vote, ushering in the first Continue readingLove’s Labours Lost
article published by The Bullet, Socialist Worker and Lenin’s Tomb. By Doug Nesbitt A wage cut of fifty per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands have inevitably 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 Continue readingLabour at the Crossroads?