Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-02-11 18:26:00

AMERICAN LABOUR CALIFORNIA: HAVE A HEART: SUPPORT THE UFW IN CALLING FOR A BAN ON METHYL IODIDE; This Valentine’s Day give a gift to farm workers and rural residents in California and ask that the toxic fungicide be banned in the state of California. Here’s the article from the United Farm Workers (UFW). ◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘◘CA appoints ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-02-10 19:42:00

AMERICAN LABOUR: MORE ANTI-WORKER LEGISLATION IN ARIZONA: The following item is from the National Public Radio in the USA. ☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼Arizona Lawmakers Target Public Workers’ Unionsby Ted Robbins February 9, 2012 Labor unions plan to rally in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday afternoon to protest four bills quickly moving through the state Legislature ...

Accidental Deliberations: How bizarre

A tweet responding to this week’s column post raises a point worth plenty more discussion. So let’s go into a bit more detail about how the Sask Party’s response to should indeed be considered utterly bizarre – even if it may reflect standard operating procedure for right-wing political parties. By any reasonable account, the most ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the evolution of labour rights under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be traced directly to anti-labour overreach by right-wing governments – and how Brad Wall seems determined to push the limits yet again even as his first effort proved unconstitutional. For further reading…– The two cases discussed in the column ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – The New Democrat comments on the need to develop the NDP as a movement as well as a party. And a national movement to protect pensions looks like a great place to start. – I’m generally in agreement with Trish Hennessy on the substance of what we can ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Geoffrey Stevens discusses the basic problem behind the Cons’ insistence on cutting back actual help to people while wasting billions on prisons and fighter jets: (I)f the government did have a weakness (which, as noted, it does not concede), it might be that it does not suffer ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Tim Harper comments on the Harper Cons’ collusion in a war against Canada’s middle class: Under the Investment Canada Act, (foreign) takeovers are supposed to demonstrate a “net benefit” to Canada, but, in fact, are acting as an anvil on wages, living standards and the prosperity of communities ...

Debunking Anti-Union Myths

In this first installment of a promising series of videos York University professor Dr. Stephanie Ross eviscerates the myth and right wing neoliberal meme that unions are no longer needed in todays society. h/t @canadianlefty

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Vivian Belik looks at the long-ignored outcomes from a guaranteed income experiment in Dauphin, MB – and finds that the positive results of of providing a secure income to all citizens were well worth the investment: (T)he Mincome program was conceived as a labour market experiment. The government ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2012 Roundup

Thanks to an end-of-week conference it’s been a few days since I’ve done a general roundup on the NDP leadership race. And based on the pace of activity, it looks like we’re into the home stretch as candidates enter the last couple of weeks in which to sign up new members. – Niki Ashton unveiled ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review: November 30, 2011

After the previous day’s debacle in which government-sponsored amendments to the Cons’ dumb-on-crime bill were ruled out of order, one might have expected at least some acknowledgment of fallibility on the part of the Harper Cons. The Big Issue But Wednesday, November 30 saw nothing of the sort, even when the Cons were questioned directly. ...

On the Toronto labour situation.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Mike Ward nicely describes the “Orwellian reverie” being used by the Cons to try to manipulate the public into acceding to the every wish of the oil sector: In what other world could the delivery of jobs, profits and unrefined oil to a totalitarian foreign government be considered ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-02-03 21:24:00

AMERICAN LABOUR: WORKERS WIN INJUNCTION AGAINST WALMART CONTRACTORS: Here’s an interesting item and an appeal for solidarity from the Making Change At Walmart group. *************************Workers win injunction against Walmart contractorsPosted on February 2, 2012 by benjaminwaxman Yesterday, employees working for two Walmart contractors that operate warehouse facilities won a major victory in federal court. The ...

Oh, Those ‘Radicals’!

Today the HarperCons stepped into the cesspool polluted waters tarsands issue to announce a water monitoring project which will take 3 years and $50 million to fully implement.  the regina mom agrees with Halifax NDP MP Megan Leslie; this is a PR stunt.  And, trm shares Edmonton MP Linda Duncan’s concerns that First Nations’ communities ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Susan Delacourt wonders whether the Cons plan to launch an attack on the environmental movement to match the schism which helped the Libs and the Bloc to divide up the Quebec political pie over sovereignty. But it’s worth keeping in mind that even with multiple parties eager to ...

wmtc: ode to a hero: attorney for the damned (with thanks to jill lepore)

Clarence Darrow was one of my earliest heroes. I first encountered Darrow in the guise of Spencer Tracy, who portrayed the lawyer in the 1960 movie “Inherit the Wind”. Darrow famously defended John Scopes, who tried to teach evolution in a Tennessee public school. His courtroom opponent was William Jennings Bryan, portrayed in the same ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-26 20:49:00

CANADIAN LABOUR QUÉBEC: RIO TINTO LOCKOUT SOON TO ENTER SECOND MONTH: In the town of Alma Québec the lockout of employees of Alcan will soon be into its second month. 780 members of the United Steel Workers have been locked out since January 1. Management`s demand…simple “destroy the union”; all new workers hired from this ...

wmtc: save peel region public day care

Tomorrow, Peel Region Councillors will vote on whether to end publicly financed, union-staffed daycare services in Mississauga and Brampton. A report from an audit by KPMG – released only days ago – recommended closing five daycare centres in Brampton and seven in Mississauga. In less than a week, Councillors are putting this to a vote. ...

Canadian Progressive World: Conservatives Federal Public Service Cuts: Up To 68,000 Jobs To Vanish

The cuts behind the curtain: How federal cutbacks will slash services and increase unemployment. Federal cutbacks announced in the 2010 and 2011 budgets will result in more than 60,000 job losses, says a study released …Read More

wmtc: belafonte on obama: "a dagger in our sense of justice"

On a recommendation from a friend, I watched Harry Belafonte interviewed by Charlie Rose in New York City. Belafonte – musician, actor, social-justice activist, radical – is a joy to hear, and his life story is a march through history. Here’s one terrific thing I learned. Belafonte was still searching for his musical niche, finding ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Jim Stanford highlights a trend of employers forcing work stoppages in order to force massive concessions out of their employees – and notes that the Harper Cons seem to be entirely in favour of that kind of economic disruption as long as it’s workers who stand to lose ...

Canadian Progressive World: Canada’s Occupy and labor activists rally against Caterpillar’s state-sponsored corporate greed

Occupy Ottawa activists are expected to join thousands of Canadian Occupy and labour activists in London, Ont., on Saturday, January 21, for a massive rally against Electro-Motive Diesel Canada. The company, a subsidiary of U.S. …Read More

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-01-20 02:48:00

CANADIAN LABOUR LONDON ONTARIO: COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR LOCKED OUT CATERPILLAR WORKERS: Time ticks on until this Saturday’s mass demonstration in solidarity with workers at the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London Ontario. While this is being planned the local community in London Ontario is rallying behind the workers affected who are supposed to have their wages ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Alex Himelfarb nicely summarizes the price of austerity: Let me be clear that I share in the broad consensus that we must be fiscally prudent. But let’s pause on what fiscal prudence really means: It means spending wisely, reducing waste, collecting sufficient taxes to pay for the ...