Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-06-02 02:06:00

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR IVORY COAST:FREE BASIL MAHAN GAHÉ:Free Ivory Coast union leader Basil Mahan Gahé! ********************The following appeal is from the international union confederation the IUF.*******************On April 26, Basil Mahan Gahé, general secretary of the national trade union center Dignité, was arrested at his Abidjan home and taken into detention. The union office was sacked, and ...

wmtc: why i support the canadian union of postal workers and why you should, too

Earlier today, we put a sticker on our mailbox. It’s meant to be a message for our letter carrier, to show support for her cause. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has filed notice to strike at one minute before midnight on June 2. The overwhelming majority of its membership wants to strike, and ...

wmtc: marxism 2011 in brief, with more to follow, i hope

Thirty-five talks (total), seven talks (attended), three panel discussions, three amazing short films. Several pints of beer, countless interesting ideas, dozens of thought-provoking comments, not enough sleep. Twice brought to tears of inspiration and joy. Chaired two meetings, and met one wmtc reader! About 200 attendees; eight new IS members – including Allan! Reports from ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – John Allemang’s profile of Jack Layton is well worth a read in full. But after a campaign where any show of support can easily be written off as a matter of party scripting, it’s well worth noting the spontaneous reaction Layton continues to generate even now that the ...

wmtc: "just another cog in the machine" or maybe not

Please enjoy three minutes of inspired filmmaking. “Just another cog in the machine,” produced and directed by John Wood (UK, 2009). Thanks to Kim_in_TO and CLiFF for showing us this.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Wall government has turned what would be considered “corrupt practices” in any other voting process into a rational strategy for employers trying to prevent workers from organizing.

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-23 02:12:00

CANADIAN POLITICS: MARCH WITH OCAP AND CUPE THIS THURSDAY: This appeal from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) asks you to join the ‘Raise the Rates’ contingent at the upcoming Canadian Union Of Public Employees Ontario (CUPE) convention. This is for our readers down Ontario way. ******************Join OCAP at CUPE Ontario Rally: Thursday, May 26th ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Precarious Workers, Precarious Lives: Ontario’s Private Health Care Secret

In February 2011, a frail, 82-year-old Italian woman was threatened with charges of $1800 a day if she refused to move from Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital into the first available nursing home bed. Overcrowding in Ontario’s hospitals is a chronic problem that has forced the provincial government to evict people from hospital beds before they are ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: The Making of a Global Disposable Workforce

A sea of change is underway in Canada as the country shifts away from traditional immigration towards a “rent a worker” policy all too prevalent around the globe. And it is taking place without public debate or official announcements. How did this happen and what is being done by the people most affected? We are ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Precarious Labour

Precarious labour refers to the explosion of short term, temporary and part-time jobs issuing from the economic crisis of the mid-1970s. A crisis in profitability combined with competitive pressures unleashed by the entry of China, India and the former Soviet bloc countries into the world economy, which doubled the size of the global labour supply, ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-11 00:40:00

AMERICAN LABOUR: BETTER CONDITIONS FOR US GUESTWORKERS: All across the “developed” world temporary workers, often referred to as “guestworkers” are employed usually at much lower wages and longer hours than workers in the country they are “imported to”. Here’s an item from the Jobs With Justice group asking all US citizens to support legislation that ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-04 11:43:00

LOCAL EVENTS WINNIPEG: SOLIDARITY PICKET FOR BRISTOL AEROSPACE WORKERS: Happening this afternoon from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm ************************Solidarity Picket at Bristol!Time Wednesday, May 4 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm————————–Location Bristol Aerospace660 BerryWinnipeg, MB————————–More Info CAW 3005 members at Bristol Aerospace have been on strike for a few weeks now, fighting to preserve. So, lets go ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-03-13 20:42:00

CANADIAN LABOUR: CUPW ORGANIZES PHARMACY POSTAL EMPLOYEES: It’s been a long standing policy of Canada Post to remove actual post offices and place outlets in such places as 7-11s and pharmacies. This, of course, reduces costs, as the employees in such places work for minimum wage and have no benefits. Those of us who use ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-03-06 15:54:00

AMERICAN LABOUR CALIFORNIA: WHAT IS A LIFE WORTH ?: The following appeal is from the American United Farm Workers, and it’s about the excessively lenient sentence for the contractor responsible for the death of Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez. This case has been mentioned before here at Molly’s Blog. The basic fact is that this young ...

redjenny: Blame CUPE

Are you tired of blaming fate, the vagaries of nature, or God for your misfortunes? Try blaming CUPE. It’s fun and easy. Here’s an example, provided by the Toronto Sun. CUPE killed summer. That’s right. Summer is dead, and CUPE perpetrated the murder. Try it yourself. Car won’t start? Blame CUPE. Weather too cold? Blame ...

redjenny: Blame CUPE

Are you tired of blaming fate, the vagaries of nature, or God for your misfortunes? Try blaming CUPE. It’s fun and easy. Here’s an example, provided by the Toronto Sun. CUPE killed summer. That’s right. Summer is dead, and CUPE perpetrated the murder. Try it yourself. Car won’t start? Blame CUPE. Weather too cold? Blame ...

redjenny: Blame CUPE

Are you tired of blaming fate, the vagaries of nature, or God for your misfortunes? Try blaming CUPE. It’s fun and easy. Here’s an example, provided by the Toronto Sun. CUPE killed summer. That’s right. Summer is dead, and CUPE perpetrated the murder. Try it yourself. Car won’t start? Blame CUPE. Weather too cold? Blame ...

redjenny: Solidarity with City Workers

In my inbox today: OCAP STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH TORONTO CITY WORKERS The members of CUPE 416 and 79 who work for the City of Torontoare now on strike. The business media has begun its inevitable campaign ofmisinformation to produce the greatest possible backlash against theseworkers. We are encouraged to focus on uncollected garbage and ...

redjenny: Solidarity with City Workers

In my inbox today: OCAP STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH TORONTO CITY WORKERS The members of CUPE 416 and 79 who work for the City of Torontoare now on strike. The business media has begun its inevitable campaign ofmisinformation to produce the greatest possible backlash against theseworkers. We are encouraged to focus on uncollected garbage and ...

redjenny: Solidarity with City Workers

In my inbox today: OCAP STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH TORONTO CITY WORKERS The members of CUPE 416 and 79 who work for the City of Torontoare now on strike. The business media has begun its inevitable campaign ofmisinformation to produce the greatest possible backlash against theseworkers. We are encouraged to focus on uncollected garbage and ...

redjenny: Sharing Work and Food – Imagine That

Here’s an article by Wayne Roberts of the Toronto Food Policy Council, quoted in full because I don’t know how to link to it on Facebook. SHARING WORK AND FOOD CREATES AN UPSIDE TO THE ECONOMIC DOWN BY Wayne Roberts Unlike most people, Thomas Homer-Dixon doesn’t think today’s world economic crisis is very complicated. He ...