Sawmill workers across Vancouver Island have been picketing for a fair contract with Western Forest Products since the Canada Day long weekend. The strike by 3000 members of United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 is in opposition to WFP’s proposed clawback of holidays, pensions, seniority rights and many other contract areas. The workers are also striking for Continue readingForestry Workers Down Saws to Stop Cuts
Some 60 protesters came out the afternoon of July 24 to picket the two entrances to Halifax’s historic Citadel Hill, the location of a fundraiser for the provincial Liberal party. Fight for 15 activists reminded fundraiser attendants and tourists alike that poverty in Nova Scotia is rampant, and that our minimum wage is one of Continue readingFight for $15 pickets Nova Scotia Liberals’ fundraiser
Drew Brown, EIC of The Independent.ca, explores what lessons Green New Deal organizers can learn from Newfoundland’s 1992 cod moratorium.
By Dunja Apostolov-Dimitrijević “No one in their right mind would ever accept this deal,” says Jorge Villa, an organizer with Service Employers International Union (SEIU) Local 2, of the proposal tabled by Luciano Janitorial Services. A crowd of janitors and their community allies gathered outside 250/270 Wellington Street – two soaring condominiums – in downtown Continue readingNo Justice for Janitors at Luciano Janitorial Services
By Joe DeManuelle-Hall Amazon’s biggest shopping days of 2019 so far —”Prime Days,” July 15-16— saw walkouts and protests by workers in the U.S. and Germany. The protests were semi-coordinated, targeting Amazon when its warehouses are running at full clip and the company is in the media spotlight. In Germany, Amazon workers organizing with the Continue readingPrime Days for Amazon Protests
NOTE: The template letter below is an expression of what its author and human rights lawyer, Anthony N, Morgan, refers to as Black-focused creative writing, art and expression that uses law and legal tools to re-imagine and inspire bold futures of Black freedom and justice — in short: Afrofujurism. As such, this template letter does not in Continue readingRequesting A Day Off for Emancipation Day
By Ellen David Friedman Complaining isn’t the first step to organizing—it’s the graveyard of organizing. Just ask any union steward or rep who has listened to a member complain bitterly but refuse to take action. If you’re a steward, officer, or rank and filer trying to fix problems on the job (or in the union), Continue readingDon’t Complain, Organize!
by Emily Leedham From May 8-11, 2019, Winnipeg unions hosted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference: inviting union members, labour activists and leaders from across Canada to reflect on the history for the General Strike, and apply its lessons to the present and future of the labour movement. This episode will explore the relationship Continue reading1919-2019: Labour, Colonialism & Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples
An in-depth essay on the union response to Phoenix payroll crisis, and the challenges facing federal public service unions and their members.
James Chumsa reports from the picket lines on Vancouver Island about the forestry workers’ strike against concessions demanded by Western Forest Products.
From May 8-11, 2019, Winnipeg unions hosted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference: inviting union members, labour activists and leaders from across Canada to reflect on the history for the general strike, and apply its lessons to the present and future of the labour movement. This episode compiles audio from the disability and labour Continue readingDisability justice & labour organizing
By Bianca Cunningham “Three years ago I was at a union meeting and a member stood up and asked why we got such good pay and benefits as Saskatoon Co-op employees,” said Jodi Smith, a member of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400. “Grant Wicks, now the general manager of the co-op, answered that Continue readingSaskatoon Co-op strike didn’t beat two-tier