Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Adam Radwanski points out how Stephen Harper’s continuing Senate embarrassment figures to play into the NDP’s hands: If Mr. Harper was looking to signal once and for all that he’s abandoned his populist roots, he could scarcely have done better than Wednesday’s Senate appointments. Little more than two ...

wmtc: rally for postal workers, rally for all workers, rally for public services

This morning in Toronto, locked-out postal workers and their supporters will rally at the legal offices of Canada Post, to protest the collusion of Canada Post and the Conservative Government to strip workers of their legal right to collective bargaining – and in defence of good working conditions, wages and benefits for the next generation ...

On back to work legislation. Whoa, deja vu.

So, another conservative (note the small “c”) government, another round of back to work legislation. Canada violates its international obligations yet again, and is again grouped with such shining lights of liberty as Colombia. It’s the same old song and dance. I’ve commented here before about back to work legislation, and I won’t rehearse the ...

wmtc: the true cost of tomatoes, or slavery and poverty continue to haunt the fast-food industry, and how you can help

I have blogged several times about the horrific conditions endured by the people who pick tomatoes in Immokalee, Florida, working for fast-food giants like Burger King, Taco Bell and McDonald’s, and supermarket giants like Kroger, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. For important background, see the norm is disaster, the extreme is slavery, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Crawford Kilian interviews Linda McQuaig on inequality, including this comment on how to handle the damaging effects of inequality politically: On whether inequality is becoming a serious political issue:”Eventually it will be, especially if we continue on our present trajectory of the next few years. But what kind of ...

Accidental Deliberations: On warped incentives

Chris nicely highlights the Cons’ stunningly quick resort to back-to-work legislation after a mere day of Air Canada’s CAW strike, at a point where there’s been little if any impact on anybody. But it’s worth noting as well how it is that such legislation will indeed serve as an attack on workers: in effect, Air ...

Accidental Deliberations: Up for debate

The NDP has released a first look at the prioritized resolutions from this weekend’s #vancon2011 (PDF). And while most of them may not come as too much surprise (or appear particularly controversial), there are a few which look highly noteworthy in developing and refining the party’s policies. In particular:Resolution 1-09-11, submitted by Davenport, proposes an ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Rhys Kesselman rightly points out how the populist message that propelled the Cons to power has given way to elitist policy-making: Once the federal budget is balanced, the Conservatives plan to double the TFSA’s annual allowance to $10,000 and to permit income splitting for couples with children under 18. ...

Looking Back At The Roots Of The Labour Movement In Canada For Inspiration

Whenever my energy flags and the struggle to build a better society seems lost, I like to go back in time and revisit the birth of the labour movement in Canada, this invariably recharges my batteries and I get back in the fight. This week I revisited once more the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 ...

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 ...