In 2011, Federal Conservative MP, Russ Hiebart, introduced a private members, Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations). While Hiebart uses the language of transparency to motivate and gain support for the Bill, C-377 is a pet project of LabourWatch, an anti-union organization that began in the United Continue readingThe Canadian Bar Association responds to Bill C-377
Last week, we published an analysis of the situation confronting teachers and all other educators in the Ontario elementary and secondary school systems, both public and Catholic. Bill 115, the Orwellian “Putting Students First Act” does the following: eliminates collective bargaining rights for Ontario’s 180,000 elementary and secondary school teachers, support staff and other education Continue readingMcGuinty’s proposed “Protecting Public Services Act, 2012”
Labour Force Survey, September 2012 The number of employed Canadians edged up in September from the month before, with 52,000 jobs added to the economy. Still, the unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.4% as more people participated in the labour market. In the past year, employment has increased 1.0%, with most of the Continue readingWeekly labour news update, 5 October 2012
Marikana Massacre On August 16, 34 South African platinum miners were gunned down and killed by a special police unit. The miners were employed by platinum mining giant, Lonmin, in the Marikana region of the South Africa. In response to the massacre, Lonmin chairman, Roger Phillimore said in a statement, “We are treating the developments Continue readingWeekly news update, 13 September, 2012
[audio:https://www.rankandfile.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/RFR_Sept5_1730.mp3|titles=September 5 2012 episode] Click here to download PSAC 901 President, Doug Nesbitt, and PSAC 901 Chief Steward, Jonathan Rose, talk about the state of the Canadian labour movement and trade union activity in the year ahead.
[audio:https://www.rankandfile.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/RFR_Aug1_1730.mp3|titles=August 1 2012 episode] Click here to download Following our weekly labour news update, RFR interviews Kendra Coulter, a professor of labour studies at Brock University, who is researching retail work and retail workers’ political action. She recently launched the website Revolutionizing Retail to encourage discussion about strategies for making retail jobs into better jobs Continue readingAugust 1 episode
Coming up on this week’s show, Rank and File Radio interviews Kendra Coulter on the growing retail sector in Canada and the struggle of retail workers for rights and labour representation. We also discuss the recent Target takeover of 220+ Zellers stores and the closure by the Hudson’s Bay Company of their remaining 64 Zellers Continue readingRevolutionizing Retail
Newfoundland wildcat strike | Chicago teachers | Ontario teachers | B.C. teachers | Big Three Automakers and the CAW | Striking Spanish coal miners | Payroll earnings in Canada, April 2012 | Scaffolding deaths & charges| Construction deaths
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.