Miscellaneous material to end your weekend.- Brian Topp points out the biggest difference between the Parliamentary reaction to the Harper Cons’ attack on Canada Post workers and previous overreaches by the Con government: Before May 2, there would hav…Continue reading
I’ve pointed out before how the Cons’ deliberate attack on the Canadian Union of Postal Workers figures to create damaging incentives as federally-regulated employers consider how to handle future collective bargaining. But now that we’ve seen the Cons…Continue reading
Others have already noted how refreshing it is to have an Official Opposition which is willing to take a stand on issues of substance. But it’s also worth highlighting another important factor in the NDP’s strategy for this week.One of the main blind s…Continue reading
Please sign a petition opposing the Harper Government’s back-to-work legistlation.Minister Lisa Raitt,I am urging your Government not to introduce or support back-to-work legislation aimed at ending Canada Post’s lockout of members of the Canadian Un…Continue reading
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 populi…Continue reading
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 bargaini…Continue reading
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 a…Continue reading
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 Fo…Continue reading
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 issu…Continue reading
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 legislat…Continue reading
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 dev…Continue reading
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 TFS…Continue reading
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 o…Continue reading
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, g…Continue reading
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 o…Continue reading
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 an…Continue reading
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 spontane…Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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 …Continue reading