Alberta Politics: Prominent labour activist, plus well-known chanteuse and LGBTQ+ activist, named to Alberta Order of Excellence

What a pleasure it was yesterday to see Reg Basken’s name on the 2018 list of eight new members of the Alberta Order of Excellence. There was a day I wasn’t at all sure it was even possible for someone associated with a trade union to be honoured in this way. But, for sure, Mr. ...

Alberta Politics: Despite NDP stamp of approval, pipeline rally looked and sounded like UCP event

The situation may have felt normal to the cadre of Opposition United Conservative Party MLAs there, but I imagine some of the NDP backbenchers huddled on the steps of the Legislature in Edmonton yesterday afternoon felt pretty uncomfortable. If not, they darn well should’ve. I’m not talking about the effects of the icy wind that ...

Alberta Politics: Despite NDP stamp of approval, pipeline rally on Legislature’s steps looked and sounded like a UCP event

PHOTOS: Part of the pro-pipeline crowd in front of the Alberta Legislature Thursday afternoon, with a couple of brave Indigenous counter-protesters visible in the foreground. Below: Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi endured jeers, and Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous tried to fire up the crowd. The situation may have felt normal to the cadre of ...

Michal Rozworski: The problems with progressive free trade and a divided labour movement

…And we’re back to regularly-scheduled programming. Apologies for the podcasting hiatus to (now really faithful) listeners; I hope to be back to regular episodes once again. I’m restarting the show this week with two great guests. First up, I speak with Angella MacEwen about the on-going NAFTA re-negotiations and whether Trudeau’s much-vaunted “progressive free trade” ...

Alberta Politics: Canadian labour movement abuzz in wake of Unifor decision to quit Canadian Labour Congress

PHOTOS: Unifor President Jerry Dias (Photo: Unifor Local 591-G). Below: Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff and former Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. The Canadian labour movement is abuzz debating and speculating on the potential ramifications of the decision of Canada’s largest private-sector union to quit the Canadian Labour Congress. Unifor’s National Executive ...

A Different Point of View....: Mainstream media sucked in, report whatever politicians, GM say.

Note: In journalism school students are taught to report not what people say but what they do! All the big newspapers and TV networks breathlessly reported word-for-word what they were told at a recent joint political-General Motors newser: The Globe and Mail: “For decades, the splashy, job-creating announcements in the auto sector in Canada have been ...

A Different Point of View....: Mainstream media sucked in, report whatever politicians, GM say.

Note: In journalism school students are taught to report not what people say but what they do! All the big newspapers and TV networks breathlessly reported word-for-word what they were told at a recent joint political-General Motors newser: The Globe and Mail: “For decades, the splashy, job-creating announcements in the auto sector in Canada have been ...

A Different Point of View....: Mainstream media sucked in, report whatever politicians, GM say.

Note: In journalism school students are taught to report not what people say but what they do! All the big newspapers and TV networks breathlessly reported word-for-word what they were told at a recent joint political-General Motors newser: The Globe and Mail: “For decades, the splashy, job-creating announcements in the auto sector in Canada have been ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper is Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II

A report released on the eve of the 2015 federal election call by Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, reveals that Harper qualifies for the unenviable title: Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II. The post Harper is Canada’s worst economic manager since World War II appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone: As PM, Stephen Harper’s economic performance is a bust!

PHOTOS: From the sublime to the ridiculous? Liberal Lester Pearson, the top postwar economic performer among Canadian prime ministers. Below:  Stephen  Harper, the bottom. Below him: Pierre Trudeau (second best) and Brian Mulroney (second worst). Below them: Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan. One of the most effective ways to keep a population quiet ...

The Canadian Progressive: For Canada, a commitment to the environment and jobs is possible

Naomi Klein and environmental activists will call for a “long term sustainable strategy that leads to renewable energy” during the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Toronto on July 5. The post For Canada, a commitment to the environment and jobs is possible appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – PressProgress documents how the Cons are driving Canada’s economy into the ditch. And Michael Babad reports that economists with a better grounding in reality than Stephen Harper are begging the provinces not to impose the austerity demanded by the Cons. – Kara Santokie writes that if the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc-Black Days Ahead For Cowichan Newspapers

Don Maroc – Cowichan Conversations  Six weeks of trying to keep warm by a small propane fire. Six weeks of carrying picket signs, of waving at horn-blowing motorists, explaining to passers-by why they are outside the offices of the News-Leader-Pictorial, when their jobs are inside the building. These selfless people, from advertising, newsroom, production and ...

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Jim Stanford on Canada’s economy

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/podcast-1411212-jim-stanford.mp3   Today’s episode is the last of 2014 as I’ll be away spending the holidays with family. For a bit of a year-end summary of Canada’s economy, my one guest is Jim Stanford who joins me for an extended conversation. Jim is the chief economist at Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, and author of the popular economics ...

Cowichan Conversations: Support Rally For Striking Cowichan News Leader Staffer Was Solid

Richard Hughes- Blogger The wind and rain challenged the scheduled rally to support striking News Leader workers but it seemed to have little if any effect. Local citizens, trade union leaders and politicians gathered and offered their support for the folks that put out the paper, under increasingly stressful conditions. That, thanks to their tightwad ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Fed President Irene Lazinger Highlights Monday’s 2PM Rally at Strikebound Cowichan News Leader

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger A ‘Support Rally’ in backing Cowichan News Leader striking employees, members of Unifor, will be held Monday 2PM at the News Leader offices.  The BC Fed’s newly elected President Irene Lazinger is making the trip over to show the significance of this showdown between a determined tight fisted David Black and the union ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cowichan News Leader Workers Are On Strike!

This just in. The picket lines are up at the Cowichan News Leader. Black Press is trying to impose a two-year wages system on new employees. Here is the CHEK TV NEWS Report 

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Daniel Tencer reports on a couple of important recent warnings that Canada is in danger of following the U.S. down the path of extreme corporatism and inequality: Speaking at a fundraiser for the left-leaning Broadbent Institute, Reich said Canada is facing the same inequality-growing “structural problems” that ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Bit Of Anti-Union Hysteria From John Ivison

It’s funny, isn’t it, that the Harper regime can use our tax dollars to monitor us, manipulate us, and promulgate all kinds of propaganda, but somehow it’s not right, indeed downright unholy, according to the National Post’s John Ivison, when unions fight back. Said journalist suggests Mr. Harper should consider calling an early election, not ...

Cowichan Conversations: Labour Peace Comes From Negotiations Not Legislation

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger If there was ever time for labour to stand and fight, it is now. BC has endured over a decade of abuse from the ideologically obedient pro corporate BC Liberals and our society as a whole has suffered as a result. The war against education has taken its toll on children, parents ...

The Canadian Progressive: Loretta Saunders: Unifor calls for justice for all missing and murdered aboriginal women

by: UNIFOR | Press Release HALIFAX, Feb. 27, 2014 – Unifor members across the country were devastated to hear the news late yesterday afternoon that police had discovered the remains of Loretta Saunders near the Trans-Canada highway inNew Brunswick. “This is a terrible loss, and our thoughts are with her family, friends, and community,” said Unifor National PresidentJerry ...

Politics, Re-Spun: SUPPORT: Auto Unions in the US and Canada are on a Roll

With all the union busting and union bashing going on by the 1% and their compradors in government, it’s nice to see the labour movement getting some traction. The next few days in Tennessee and Ontario could move workplace democracy and the 99% ahead significantly, with thousands of new unionized jobs to support families and ...

The Canadian Progressive: Unifor opposes Bill C-4 attacks on workers’ health and safety

Unifor raises grave concerns about the sweeping changes to the Canada Labour Code proposed by the omnibus Federal Budget Implementation Bill C-4. The post Unifor opposes Bill C-4 attacks on workers’ health and safety appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Lana Payne discusses Unifor’s goals in the wake of its founding convention: The hope is that, collectively, working people can push back in new and profound ways against what has been a decades-long, anti-worker agenda perpetuated by both governments and corporations. But just as importantly, the hope is ...

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight

In a speech delivered at the founding convention of Canada’s new super-union, UNIFOR, award-winning journalist, best selling author and activist, Naomi Klein, urged unions to take action on climate change and stopping free trade. The post Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.