by Andrew Stevens The lockout of 700+ workers at Regina’s Cooperative Refinery Complex has now entered its third week. On the table: another round of pension concessions and the elimination of a co-funded savings plan. Under the guise of a “business continuity plan,” the Refinery has for months been preparing for what Unifor Local 594 Continue readingRegina refinery lockout is no “tea party”
By Doug Nesbitt and Andrew Stevens With near unanimous support from the membership, Unifor Local 594 provided the Co-operative Refinery Complex (CRC) with job action notice on December 4, 2019. The employer immediately responded by locking out over 700 workers – from process operators, building trades, lab technicians, to administrative support workers. The battle is Continue readingLocal 594 and the Lost History of Oil Worker Unionism
Workers in the oil and gas industry have been used as a talking point by the Alberta NDP and United Conservative Party, both parties say they are the best choice for workers to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built and create more jobs in the industry. Albertans go to the polls on Tuesday, April 16. Continue readingWhat is it actually like to work in Alberta’s oil patch?
Bob Barnetson, Athabasca University prof, provides an overview of the labour reforms introduced by the NDP, and what might happen to those reforms should Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party form government in just a few months. He also provides an update on bargaining and impending faculty strike at Athabasca University. albertalabour.blogspot.com/ And Regan Boychuk from Continue readingBob Barnetson on the Alberta NDP’s labour reforms & Regan Boychuk on cleaning up oil & gas wells
In this week’s episode of Rank and File Radio – Prairies Edition, two guests speak with Emily Leedham about race and gender in Alberta’s oisands, as well as organizing for climate justice. The first guest is Dr. Angele Alook is proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation and currently works in the labour movement as a Continue readingA Just Transition for Alberta’s Workers
The diplomatic row between Canada and Saudi Arabia has become headline news around the world. In this episode of Rank and File Radio – Prairies Edition, host Emily Leedham speaks with Anthony Fenton, an expert on Canadian-Saudi relations. Fenton speaks about the dispute, the controversial arms trade, the Canadian brand of “ethical oil”, and Saudi Continue readingSaudi Arabia & Canada: Arms, Oil and the Wheat Board
Earlier this winter Rankandfile.ca sat down with Herman Rosenfeld, a former CAW staffer and current member of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly to discuss the politics of pipelines and the environment within the labour movement. He authored an article entitled “Stop Line 9 Should Be Labour’s Demand”, which first appeared on the Bullet late last Continue readingLine 9 and the Labour Movement
By Herman Rosenfeld One would have hoped that Canada’s newest and largest private sector union – UNIFOR, made up of the former Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) unions – would have been out front in the growing movement against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline reversal. This key new organization of Canada’s working-class Continue readingStop Line 9 Should Be Labour’s Demand
Over 50 people are reported dead and scores more injured after the catastrophic rail disaster in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic.
Wisconsin | Canadian pension plans | Davis Day, Cape Breton | Wages and CEO compensation in the U.S. | Iraqi oil workers | Hyundai receives 22,000 applications for 877 jobs | Report on trade union rights | Wisconsin In a major setback for workers in Wisconsin and beyond, the state’s Republican Governor Scott Walker survived Continue readingWeekly news update, June 13, 2012