Nova Scotia’s Bill 1 | US Steel | Montreal firefighters | Saskatoon transit lockout | EI Reform | Migrant farm workers | Lac-Mégantic & rail safety | Edmonton senior care workers | Mount Pearl lockout | Guelph glass strike | UWindsor tentative agreement | Hong Kong strikes for democracy Nova Scotia’s Bill 1 Nova Scotia Continue readingRankandFile.ca Labour News Update: October 6, 2014
An interview with ATU Local 615 President Jim Yakubowski By Andrew Stevens On September 29, RankandFile.ca spoke with Jim Yakubowski, President of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615, about the ongoing lockout of city transit workers in Saskatoon. ATU Local 615 represents 330 drivers, mechanics, and support staff who operate and maintain the city’s bus Continue readingThe politics of Saskatoon’s transit lockout
BC teachers | Bill C-377 | Montreal pensions protest | Saskatoon transit lockout | Alberta pension bills | Nova Scotia’s Bill 37 | US Steel bankruptcy | Richmond IKEA lockout | Cornwall wildcat strike | Winnipeg municipal workers | Calgary parks privatization BC Teachers’ strike BC Teachers’ Strike – Lessons Learned Tara Ehrcke, Staffroom Confidential Continue readingRankandFile.ca Labour News Update: September 22, 2014
by Doug Nesbitt Five important pension fights have erupted across the country in recent months. Employers, public and private, are once again going after pensions in what amounts to a heist. Every generation of worker is facing the attack: new hires, veteran employees, and the retired. In every case, the public and private employers want Continue readingFive Exhibits from the 2014 Pensions Heist
Honour Our Deal: Regina Civic workers calling for retirement security By Tria Donaldson and Mark Janson All workers deserve to retire with dignity. Workplace pensions are a key piece of providing a secure retirement. But all too often workplace pensions are under attack. The City of Regina is the latest battleground in this fight. Last Continue readingHonour Our Deal: Regina Civic workers calling for retirement security
The politics of nursing care in Saskatchewan For months, the Saskatchewan government has come under fire for its decision to subject the province’s health care system to lean management, which has its origins in the Toyota Production System and auto manufacturing in Japan. After spending over $40 million on the lean expertise provided by John Continue readingLeaning Away from Nurses
What the Supreme Court of Canada decision will mean for unions and workers: Lessons from Air Canada By Andrew Stevens and Doug Nesbitt Back-to-work legislation and sweeping “essential service” designations at the federal and provincial levels. These are trends that are sweeping public and private sector industries nation wide. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court of Canada Continue readingAn era of wildcats and civil disobedience in Canada?
A RankandFile.ca series on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program By Andrew Stevens Nearly two years after the provincial government launched its consultation paper on labour law reform, the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) was finally proclaimed at the end of April. With it, the province’s symbolic Trade Union Act was put to an ignominious end, and Continue readingIs the Saskatchewan Employment Act ready for modern realities?
From a string of regressive labour law reforms at the provincial and federal levels, to factory closures and the formation of Unifor, 2013 has been eventful for workers and organized labour. Check out some of the Rankandfile.ca highlights from the past year. Be sure to follow our upcoming series on labour and the environment, a Continue readingA Rankandfile.ca Reader: Reflections on 2013
By Andrew Stevens Less than a week into December, Saskatoon-based Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) announced that it would be cutting its workforce by about 18 percent. Over a thousand employees across the company’s North American operations will be laid off, with the most significant job losses hitting Saskatchewan. Around 440 workers will be left Continue readingThe People’s Potash?
Workplace safety rules will ‘kill people’, union says By Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen, November 20, 2013 Proposed changes to a federal labour law governing worker safety are diluting a good system for no reason and will “kill people,” a national labour union official charged Wednesday. The comments from Agricultural Union president Bob Kingston were part Continue readingLabour News Update: 25 November 2013
Changes to Canada’s federal temporary foreign workers program: Is there any difference? Foreign Workers Canada: Tories Change Course On Controversial Program Wildcats in Alberta: Is labour militancy on the rise in Wildrose country? Alberta jail guard wildcat strike leaves main courthouses in gridlock Alberta jail guard union fined, found in contempt of court Workers on Continue readingLabour News Update, 30 April 2013