By Ernie Tate The new Trump administration has made the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States, a major issue in its relations with its two neighbours. Recently, Trump has threatened to tear it up. With his standard nationalist demagogy, he claims “previous bad trade deals,” have cost the Continue readingNAFTA Redux
By Robert Devet For days and weeks the Nova Scotia Teachers Union dominated the headlines. But after the government imposed a new contract all that disappeared. What actually happened? Why did it matter? What’s next? The Nova Scotia Advocate met with Larry Haiven to ponder these three simple questions. Haiven is a professor emeritus in Continue readingWhat is next for Nova Scotia’s teachers?
Fix Hydro | ATU Local 113 Crisis | Bob White | Fired SFU food workers | Jamieson workers hit picket line | Teachers’ strike windfall | American jobs | 10,000s strong Immigrant workers’ strike | York U discrimination accusation | Janitors’ landmark first contract | Phoenix pay problems | CETA costs workers $2,460 | AB Continue readingLabour News Update: February 27, 2017
Over 200 food service workers at York University in Toronto went on a one-day strike on February 2. The Aramark workers, members of Unite Here Local 75, walked off the job for increased pay, improved benefits and respect at work. There is a real possibility of a strike or lockout in the days to come. Continue readingWeekend Video: York unites for food service workers
In a January 17, 2017 decision, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) denied an employer’s attempt to remove supervisory employees from a unit of CUPE at the Saskatoon Public Library. In its revision to Saskatchewan’s labour relations legislation in 2014, the government crafted a new, supervisory class of employee. As Rankandfile.ca co-editor, Andrew Stevens, wrote in 2014, some Continue readingSask Labour Relations Board rejects employer’s attempt to carve out “supervisory employees”
Rankandfile.ca West Coast Correspondent Daniel Tseghay speaks to Mark Brown of the Ontario chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists about the history of the organizations and its ongoing struggles of combating anti-Black racism in the workplace, the trade union movement, and beyond.
Professor James Naylor talks about his exciting new book: The Fate of Labour Socialism: The Co-operative Commonweath Federation and the Dream of a Working-Class Future. Almost a century before the New Democratic Party rode the first “orange wave,” their predecessors imagined a movement that could rally Canadians against economic insecurity, win access to necessary services Continue readingWeekend Video: The fate of labour socialism
NTCL looks to cuts pensions | Unsafe working conditions persist in Saskatchewan | Best Western Seven Oaks workers opt out of union | Evolution of labour market is leaving government regulation in the dust | SLGA lays of 150 | Liberals probe unpaid internships in public service | CUPW leaders left frustrated by lack of Continue readingLabour News Update: August 22, 2016
Ontario report shows unions are necessary | Sky darkens for Brad Wall | Can a lockout be better than a strike for unions? | The Phoenix pay system mess | No end in sight for Essex county library strike | Liberals loosen TFWP regulations | Foreign workers exploited in medical marijuana industry | Discontent with NAFTA hangs over auto talks | Legal aid lawyers Continue readingLabour News Update: August 15, 2016
Liberal’s “asset recycling” | Layoffs at Mosaic’s Colonsay potash mine | Supreme Court ruling protects federally regulated workers from unfair just dismissal | Low-wage earners with graduate degrees on the rise | Halifax civic workers vote for strike | Sky-high electric prices for Ontarians | PSAC supports CUPW | Minimum wage hikes create healthier babies | Canada Post’s pension myth | Minimum Continue readingLabour news update: July 18, 2016
By Charles Smith The Saskatchewan Party’s admission last week that it would not fully honour the negotiated salary increases for teachers is yet another blemish on this government’s poor commitment to respect and promote the principles of collective bargaining. For those following closely, this is the latest in a series of poor policy decisions that has Continue readingSaskatchewan government backtracks on teachers’ salaries
Colonialsm no More Human Rights Radio, May 20, 2016 Today, Daylene Sliz and Jim Hutchings talk with Robyn Pitawanakwat and Sue Deranger about “Colonialism No More”, the protest group that has occupied a camp in front of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Regina. We discuss how the community has supported this protest (or Continue readingLabour news update: May 23, 2016