By Larry Savage and Stephanie Ross There is no shortage of reasons for the labour movement to organize against the re-election of the Harper government. On the labour rights front, the Conservatives have aggressively used back-to-work legislation to end or preempt legal strikes, attempted to undermine unions’ political capacity through onerous and one-sided financial disclosure Continue readingDivisions in labour movement undermine effort to stop Harper
By Gerard Di Trolio After 14 months off the job and little attention, USW Local 9176 members on strike at Crown Holdings’ factory in Toronto have taken their message to the airwaves as part of the “Take Backs No More” campaign. USW launched a radio ad campaign in mid October encouraging people to buy their Continue readingKicking the can: Strikers out 14 months against Crown Holdings
By Hassan Husseini At a time when the right is escalating its attacks on workers’ rights across the country, labour leaders seem to be a lot more interested in parochial turf wars than the deteriorating conditions of the working class. There is no place where this turf war is more pronounced than at the Ontario Continue readingDivided Ontario labour in need of a revolt
Rail safety | EI reform fiasco | Bill C-377 | NGF Guelph strike | Saskatoon transit lockout | Live-in caregiver program | Good Jobs Summit | Pensions study | ETFO anti-racism | Canada-Korea Free Trade | Ontario health and safety | Dalhousie post-docs Rail Safety New Teamsters TV Commercial on rail safety Train cars that Continue readingRankandFile.ca Labour News Update: October 13, 2014
by Dave Shaw PSAC Atlantic Region organizer Tuesday, Sept. 16 saw an unusual, unique, and long awaited meeting of the minds occur. Prompted by outreach and discussions by PSAC and SEIU, an idea was formed in late spring 2014 that perhaps it would be worthwhile to consider a conference of organizers from across the country Continue readingSharing Organizing Strategies, Building Power
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
BC teachers | Baristas Rise Up | Bombardier strike | Federal minimum wage | Federal PS bargaining | Regina pensions | Cameco lockout | Native court workers | Edmonton senior care layoffs | Temporary foreign workers | Ontario mines safety report | Kellogg’s London Striking BC teachers 99.4 percent for binding arbitration Tamsyn Burgmann, CTV Continue readingRankandFile.ca Weekly Labour News Update: September 15, 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
This past week, 15-year-old Chris Lawrence was killed on the job at a gravel pit near Drumheller, Alberta. As the Alberta Federation of Labour points out, health and safety laws in the province remain weak and inadequate. The problem of workplace safety remains a deadly problem across the country. The federal Tories have recently rolled Continue readingWeekend Video: Can’t Take No More!
By Roger Annis, Jan 14, 2014 No charges will be laid against the owners of Babine Forest Products for the fire and explosion that destroyed its sawmill located in Burns Lake, BC in January 2012. The explosion killed two workers and injured dozens. The Criminal Justice Branch (CJB) of the British Columbia government announced on Continue readingBabine Forest Products dodges charges for workers’ deaths in BC
Times are good for Canada’s banks. At the end of 2013, the country’s Big Five – Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, CIBC, TD, and Bank of Montreal – delivered a record $29 billion in profits and stock value is up 20 percent from the year before. The CEOs of these financial institutions list as some of the Continue readingIn the Shadow of Profits: Work and Unions at Visa Financial
by Peter Hasek Originally published at School Edition! on August 14 2013 Editor’s note: a rally in support of Toronto Plaza Hotel workers is taking place today (August 15) at noon at the Toronto Plaza Hotel on 1677 Wilson Street. The USW brothers and sisters at the Toronto Plaza Hotel have been on the line Continue readingToronto Plaza Hotel Strike: A First Hand Report!