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How women sparked the Winnipeg General Strike 24.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
How women sparked the Winnipeg General Strike
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Public Service Alliance blames Liberals for bargaining impasse 10.5.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Zaid Noorsumar Canada's largest public sector union has declared a bargaining impasse, as it accuses the Liberal government of failing to address the needs of 90,000 federal employees. The Public Service Alliance Canada (PSAC) has been engaged with the Treasury Board for almost a year to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. PSAC: Liberals reneging on past agreements The Liberals' offer of a 1.5 per cent annual increase does not even account for the cost of inflation, said PSAC president Chris Aylward. The union noted that the offer is lower than the pay raise given to members of Parliament this month. PSAC says that contrary to the Trudeau Liberals' progressive rhetoric on feminism, it is failing to live up to a child-care memorandum of understanding signed between the two parties. PSAC wants its workers to have the right to breastfeeding breaks and wants accessible child care for all its employees across Canada, but it says the government has been resisting those demands. The union is also ...
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America forgot the Chinese workers who built the railroad 10.5.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Historian Gordon Chang’s new book attempts to correct that erasure.
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May Day 2019: Hope amid worker distress and unrest 30.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World Gathering initially in Paris on July 14, 1889 to mark the centenary of the French Revolution, the Second International voted at its Second Congress in 1891 to observe May 1 as International Workers' Day. The Second International was made up of socialist and communist parties, linked to trade unions and other workers' organizations. While it dissolved after workers' parties went to war against each other in 1914, the hopes it engendered live on. The designation of May 1 was inspired by the American workers' movement call in 1886 for a general strike that day in favour of the eight-hour working day. In Chicago, the Haymarket action ended with police shooting workers, a memory which inspired labour action for decades. By 1904, the Second International was calling for all socialist or social democratic parties and trade unions to demonstrate support for peace, the working class, and the eight-hour day -- by striking on May 1. May 1 is now recognized as Labour Day in a majority of countries. In France, ...
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Electroshock as violence against women: fighting back 29.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
I am a totally blank wall. (Burstow,  The Other Mrs. Smith ) This is second article in the Zapped  series -- a series about an inherently damaging procedure euphemistically known as "electroshock therapy" or ECT. The first of the articles highlighted breaking news about ECT over the years, almost any part of which should have sufficed to result in governments around the world putting an end to ECT. Nonetheless, as revealed in the article, not only did this not happen, most of the news in question was not even covered by the mainstream media. Examples of breaking news highlighted in that first article was the finding that electroshock is no more effective than placebo, and more importantly, findings in what is by far the largest study in ECT history --  the Sackeim et al. study  -- where it was proven to a level far exceeding statistical significance that extensive damage and memory impairment occurs with every single type of ECT.  That said, the primary focus of that article was on a recent lawsuit ...
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Yesterday marked a century of public sector trade unionism in Alberta 27.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga There will be no update on the Alberta election campaign today; your blogger was at church last night. Let me explain: 100 years ago last night, a small gathering of people met in the basement of Edmonton's First Presbyterian Church to do something pretty brave. To wit, they founded a staff association to represent them at their work as civil servants a few blocks away at the six-year-old Alberta Legislature Building. The Great War was just over and doing work for the government wasn't yet routinely vilified by politicians and the press. Just the same, though, they'd been warned -- if they asked for a raise, they'd be fired. Instead, they formed the Civil Service Association of Alberta and asked for a raise anyway. They elected a public works employee named W. T. Aiken as their president to do the asking. They chose as their motto: Unity, Strength, Protection. In the fullness of time, those raises would come, along with some other important things, such as a pension (in 1923), group ...
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Brussels forum celebrates the role of women in mining struggles 22.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson On March 20, Cristina Auerbach of the Pasta de Conchos Family Organization in Mexico met with MEP Tania González Peñas of the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left, GUE/NGL, at the European Parliament in Brussels. González, who is with the left-wing Spanish party Podemos (a member of the GUE/NGL), organized a "Leadership of women in mining communities" (Liderazgos femeninos en las comunidades mineras) forum that included Auerbach, Spanish anti-Franco militant Anita Sirgo, and Scottish anti-Thatcher activist Margot Russell. While coal miners have historically endured poor wages, dangerous working conditions, silicosis and other health issues, and a shorter life expectancy, they are now also being hit by the closure of mines without just transition strategies in place. González, who is from the Asturias region in Spain where the coal mines have now been closed, said the conference was intended "to make visible the historical role of women in the claims of the ...
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Student organizers report back on March 15 climate strike 20.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar Many of us supported and were heartened by students coming out on March 15 to demand that local and federal government take real steps to combat climate change. There were many great interviews and news stories which talked to kids out on the street . The Activist Toolkit, however, decided to take a different approach. I contacted all the local organizers I could find and asked them: 1. How did your local climate strike go? 2. What worked and what did not? 3. What will you be doing for the national day of action in Canada on May 3? 4. What did some of the students that participated say? 5. What are you trying to win in your communities? I am posting edited versions of the responses I received below. If you would like to connect about your experience organizing the strike in your community, please send it my way. The Activist Toolkit will continue stay in touch with organizers and continue to help support the demand for real action on climate change. The reports below are the personal ...
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Christchurch happens every day in the war of terror 19.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
World As we mourn the victims of the terrorist atrocity in New Zealand -- where at least 50 Muslim worshippers were mowed down by a white supremacist partially "inspired" by Donald Trump -- many are looking for answers to the inevitable questions of why and how. To answer those questions, and explore how we might prevent such terrorist acts, it may be helpful to recognize that what happened at Christchurch -- mass murder produced as the logical result of a long-running political epoch that is almost singularly defined by the dehumanization and demonization of Muslims, Arabs, and anyone perceived as such -- happens every day. As in any war, atrocities are the norm, not the aberration. In the war of terror that has been waged by so-called Western democracies for decades -- long before 9/11 -- governments and militaries, their compliant media partners, the so-called entertainment industry, and a host of others have played the role of initiators, accomplices, and accelerants to a fiery hatred of all things ...
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A plea for grown-up climate action 15.3.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Let’s get to work on climate so striking children can put down their signs and get back to class.
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Students in Canada prepare to strike for the climate 14.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar For decades many of us have protested, marched, and written innumerable papers (killing our fair share of trees) to say that the actions governments are taking to protect the environment are not enough. As politicians and the powerful keep watering down what is necessary to protect the environment and trying to placate opposition with weak accords, we are seeing the impacts of climate change become increasingly devasting. Young people around the world are absolutely right to ask why go to school if we may well have destroyed the planet by the time they are finished being "educated," and what good is education if no one is listening to the educated anyway. This is where the global student strikes for climate come in. Greta Thunberg started the actions in 2018 by striking in front of the Swedish parliament, eventually protesting every Friday to demand that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the  Paris Agreement . The movement has grown and now, on March 15, there ...
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Students prepare to strike for the climate on March 15 14.3.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Students prepare to strike for the climate on March 15
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Want a Green New Deal? Organize labour! 28.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ted Franklin There are a number of ecosocialist responses to the Green New Deal, converging for the most part around the recognition that though it is not the Green New Deal most of us would prefer, it is the opportunity to move the paralysis of the climate change movement very far in the right -- left -- direction that our times so desperately need. This is a series of essays in six voices , from longtime activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change . Each was challenged to make their point in 500 words or less. It was intended as a constructive contribution to the wonderful storm of discussion that the Green New Deal has opened up. Read the full series here . Labour's skepticism is the elephant in the room confronting organizers fighting for a Green New Deal ambitious enough to avoid catastrophic climate change. The Washington Post reports that the entire coal industry employs about the same number as the ski industry, yet some labour leaders ...
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The kids are alright 27.2.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
James Murray reflects on school strikes, theories of change and vegan sausage rolls.
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‘Why shouldn’t I try and save all you adults?’ 22.2.2019 High Country News Most Recent
A portrait of Haven Coleman, a young climate activist.
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Unions are partnering with entrepreneurs for a just energy transition 28.1.2019 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A new coalition with names such as Ørsted, Autodesk and Unilever is championing clean jobs — but some say that doesn't go far enough.
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How the Los Angeles Times went from union-busting to media role model 24.12.2018 Current Issue
Resistance to deep cutbacks have brought about change to the 137-year-old paper.
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Despite back-to-work legislation, picket lines outside Canada Post facilities continue 11.12.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Despite back-to-work legislation, picket lines outside Canada Post facilities continue
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Open Letter: Senators voice concern bill to end postal strike could violate charter of rights 26.11.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabbe staff In a special sitting of the House of Commons, members of Parliament early Saturday, November 24, passed Bill C-89, a back-to-work bill that would end the strike by Canada Post workers. This bill then went proceeded to the Senate. After studying the bill, the Senate adopted a motion Saturday evening to adjourn its discussions until Monday afternoon. As the Senate prepared to review the bill, two senators issued this public letter on November 23.   The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, MP Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Dear Minister Hajdu, As your government moves forward with back-to-work legislation to force an end to the dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, senators must consider their constitutional role. One of the duties senators are tasked with is to pay particular attention to legislation that might impinge upon protections found within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 2(d) of the Charter states that the ...
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Postal strike in perspective: Union has made great strides possible 6.11.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Anne Ehret The current strike by Canada Post workers has made me reflect on my early years as a letter carrier in Vancouver, when the crown corporation was first hiring female letter carriers. It was 1974, and I was 21. I had moved to Vancouver from southwestern Ontario because I wanted to experience a different part of Canada. I initially had worked in a bank, but was feeling quite restless and unhappy in this job. Then, I saw the mail carrier come into the bank to deliver the mail. I was so impressed by the fact it was a woman, that I immediately went up to her and asked: “They’re hiring women for this position now?” She responded, “Oh yes. It started a few months ago.” I called in sick the next day, went to the post office and applied. A few weeks later, I was on the job. I was aware that some of the older male carriers struggled with having women working alongside them. This did not bother me because my father, who was also a mail carrier, had always maintained that women could do this (or any) job ...
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