Check out this graphic novel by prole.info. From finance to work, the nature of commodities, class struggle, and unions, prole.info has put together an excellent and critical political economy of the housing industry. Download the novel here. More information about prole.info is available on-line. The website can be read in over a dozens languages.
By Amanda Moravec Pension plan solvency deficiencies – the hole that opens up when there aren’t enough assets to cover liabilities if the plan winds up – are vexing public and private-sector pensions. That fraction of workers fortunate enough to have a defined-benefit (DB) pension plan is facing a toxic mix of volatile returns, extremely Continue readingMaking the Best of a Bad Situation at Air Canada
Calling all writers and trade unionists! Rank and File.ca is looking for writers, contributors, and people willing to help promote our website. Rank and File.ca is a new Canadian labour media project launched by union activists in early 2012. We publish original, researched news reports and analysis of major labour issues. Some recent examples include Continue readingRank and File.ca is Looking for Writers and Contributors – Please Spread the Word
Some of subjects in these week’s labour news update: Saskatchewan labour legislation Porter Airlines strike Study: Employment precarity and household well-being Labour Force Survey: February 2013 Austerity in Ontario universities Precarious employment in GTA Racial wealth gap triples since Reagan era
Former Toronto police union leader Craig Bromell heads new union in construction industry Bromell, who is married and the father of four children, left the force after 26 years of service. He hosted a radio show for four years and then was executive producer of the television cop series The Bridge before becoming a consultant for the Continue readingLabour News Update – 18 February 2013
“Mapping Corporate Power in Saskatchewan” is a new report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (SK office). Of note is finance capital’s support for the NDP. Other major players, like resource company Mosaic, donates to both parties. This report is a model for other CCPA branches in Canada. Check out the report on-line Continue readingMapping Corporate Power in Saskatchewan
The CLC has launched an on-line petition against Bill C-377, a private members’ bill that will force every union, every union local, every local labour council, every federation of labour and the Canadian Labour Congress to file intrusive financial reports that will be posted on a public website for every employer to see. Join the Continue readingYour help is needed now on Bill C-377
As members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) in the York Region and Upper Grand school boards prepare to vote on tentative agreements this week, many of their colleagues in other boards are urging them to vote “no.” “90% voted to strike a while back,” reads an anonymous flyer being circulated among teachers Continue readingFor Immediate Release: Teachers Urge Colleagues to Vote “No” to Tentative Agreements
CLC, Political Action Conference, March 22-24 The CLC is hosting this National Political Action Conference in Toronto March 22-24,2013 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. This will be the largest conference the CLC has ever organized and the first National Political Action Conference in our history. Working with the Canadian Council, the CLC National Political Action Continue readingLabour News Update, 25 November 2012
In a November 13, 2012 letter to Terry Parker, Business Manager for the Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Labour, Don Morgan, confirms that the Government has no intention of introducing “Right to Work or similar legislation” in the province. Check out the full letter here.
Labour law reform: consultation or imposition? BY ANDREW STEVENS • NOV 3, 2012 Saskatchewan’s labour laws are being rewritten. Already, the governing Saskatchewan Party has made it more difficult for workers to unionize, and has given employers more freedom to interfere during union campaigns. As the first province to grant public servants the right to Continue reading‘Right-to-Work’ legislation provides no rights and no work
Austerity and Counter-Austerity in Britain: Social Protest Movements and Political Organizing On the Rise By Roger Annis Britain is in the throes of a deepening class struggle prompted by attacks on social and democratic rights by the capitalist class. The economic elite is pressing forward with an austerity program of ever-deepening cuts to jobs and social Continue readingWeekly news up-date, 22 October 2012