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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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Can cooperatives save America's small farms? 11.10.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Amid a nationwide rise in worker-owned businesses of all types, small farms across the country are foregoing traditional farm ownership and reaping the benefits of cooperative farming.
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D-J Composites lockout is a refresher on reality of picket lines 28.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour Union work stoppages have become quite rare in Canada. In the current decade, strikes and lockouts have accounted for less than one-30th of one per cent of all working time -- down more than 90 per cent from the strike-prone 1970s. The year 2016 set a new postwar low: just 631,870 days lost, breaking the previous record set in 1960 (even though today's work force is more than three times bigger). And more of those disputes these days are lockouts -- when employers stop production until the workers concede -- rather than strikes, when unions take the lead. Given that context, perhaps it's not surprising many Canadians have forgotten (or never learned) how these things actually work. Someone who chanced upon a rare picket line might think it's just a demonstration: protesters gathering to express an opinion. They have the right to demonstrate, but probably should do it politely. However, picket lines are not demonstrations. Pickets are a form of economic warfare. It's a process, accepted and ...
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Despite constant propaganda, the number of workers who wish they had a union is growing 3.9.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Happy Labour Day! Overall union membership may be shrinking, but the number of workers who wish they had a union and would vote to join one if they could appears to be on the rise. This tells an interesting story about the state of affairs in North America as the last long weekend of the summer rolls around again. Alas, in Canada as in the United States, the Labour Day weekend has lately become an occasion on which conservative news media operations pack their pages with feverish attacks on the right of working people to join unions and bargain their working conditions together. Given the Orwellian zeitgeist of the past 30 years in the industrialized West, these jeremiads often use language that says the opposite of what is really meant -- so, for example, denial of the right to bargain together becomes the "right to work." Such editorializing is often accompanied by misleading "studies" by corporate-financed Astroturf groups and "think tanks" that purport to prove organized working ...
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Prison strike should prompt our thinking on the abolition of prisons 31.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson As you may have heard, there is a prison strike now underway in the United States as well as in one institution in Nova Scotia. Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, an incarcerated group of prisoner rights advocates, called for the strike action to run from August 21 to September 9, highlighting 10 modest demands that can be read here . One of those demands calls for an end to prison slavery. Journalist-author-activist Chris Hedges argues, "Prisons are a grotesque manifestation of corporate capitalism." He explains prisoners now work behind bars for major corporations including Chevron, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard, to name just a few. Hedges notes: "Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful ...
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Labour affairs get scant coverage in the modern mainstream media 31.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ed Finn Back in the 1960s, 1970s, and into the '80s, almost all of the large newspapers in Canada had a reporter who specialized in labour-management relations. Wilf List covered labour for The Globe and Mail for an amazing 35 years. I wrote a labour relations column for the Toronto Star for 15 years (1968-1982), and the editorial staff of several other papers at the time also included labour columnists as well as labour reporters.  Conventions of the largest labour unions and the Canadian Labour Congress attracted dozens of reporters. The names of union presidents were almost as well known as those of prominent politicians and corporate executives. Once a year, in my Star column, I listed, in order, the 10 labour leaders I considered the country's most influential, without having to identify them with much more than their names. Today, not a single daily newspaper employs a labour columnist, much less a labour reporter. Union conventions rarely get any press. Coverage of occasional labour-related events ...
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Mining for emissions reductions? Strike while the earth is cool 30.8.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Mining can be a risky business these days.
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Workers' co-ops in Canada gaining power, voice and stability 22.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar For the past year few months, I have been following the story of Glitter Bean Café in Halifax. Baristas have helped build a unionized co-operative, with SEIU Local 2 as the union. The Glitter Bean is a café, a safe space for LGBTQ youth in Halifax, and a part of the baristas working to improve their lives and those of others.   Their struggle started in 2013 when baristas working for Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op , one of Canada's first fair trade workers' co-operatives, started their fight for unionization. In 2017, Just Us! then sold its Halifax locations to another company called Smiling Goat, which was found to have not paid employees and suppliers. After Smiling Goat moved to shut down all six of its cafés, the former Smiling Goat baristas worked with allies and the union to start Glitter Bean . Their campaign is an illustrative story about working with both unions and the co-op model to stand for your values, improve your workplace, save your job and have a voice at work.      One of ...
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Alberta government and AUPE sign tentative agreement for three-year public service contract 17.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga The Alberta government and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees both announced yesterday they've signed a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement covering the union's approximately 23,000 members who work directly for the provincial government. This is the group of public employees the union accurately calls "front-line government service employees," right-wing ideological enemies of public services misleadingly dismiss as "bureaucrats," and many of the rest of know by the old-fashioned-sounding but honourable term "civil servants." Whatever you call them, political opponents of Alberta's NDP government will be straining like hounds to get their teeth into the details of the contract and attack the government with fatuous claims it's too rich. That may explain why details of the pact are thin on the ground until after it's been voted on by affected AUPE members. We know it's a three-year deal. And we know it took a long time to negotiate -- almost a year and a half, ...
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U.S. Supreme Court decision puts the very survival of public sector unions at risk 11.7.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Lynne Fernandez It's becoming difficult to keep up with the alarming developments unfolding in the U.S. But one in particular should be of great concern to Canadian workers. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the recent Supreme Court decision "bars unions from requiring workers who benefit from union representation to pay their fair share of that representation." This decision will wipe millions of dollars from public sector unions' balance sheets, adding to the long list of growing challenges unions are facing in the U.S. The reasoning behind this decision is often referred to as the "right to work" (RTW) -- referring to the odd idea that being required to pay union fees somehow prevents you from working. At issue really is whether some workers, who don't want to pay fees to the unions that represent them, have the right to free ride on those workers who willingly pay. Right to work is not new to the U.S, although for decades it was contained mostly within the boundaries of a limited number of ...
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Solar design and installation company empowers employees to be owners 3.7.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
PV Squared Is Setting New Standards in the Renewable Energy Industry, One Employee at a Time
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Steel Workers Union: Don't attack trading partners to solve global trade problems 22.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Steel Workers Union: Don't attack trading partners to solve global trade problems
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A call for the NDP to withdraw from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group 20.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Yves Engler The undersigned are appalled by the recent deaths in Gaza. At least 110 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured by sniper fire and noxious gas used by the Israeli military. The recent violence takes place alongside ongoing land theft, destruction of olive groves, construction of Jewish-only roads, imprisonment without due process, and a blockade of Gaza. During its 70-year history, Israel has been as unjust towards Palestinians as the white-ruled apartheid state was to Black South Africans. We are concerned that members of Parliament would seek to strengthen relations with a country systematically violating Palestinian rights. In particular, we are dismayed that NDP justice critic Murray Rankin and NDP defence critic Randall Garrison serve as executive members of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group. NDP MPs Peter Julian and Gord Johns are also members of that organization. The Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group promotes "greater friendship" between Canadian MPs and ...
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Open letter to York University: Settle with CUPE 3903 now! 7.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Maya Bhullar The recent strike at York University is being called the longest labour dispute at the institution, and the longest strike at an English-speaking university in Canada. It has been used by the provincial Liberals to attack the NDP, however the issues are about precarious work and need to be addressed . Instead of taking on these issues, the York University administration has been acting unilaterally and recently walked away from a CUPE 3903 offer which was essentially most of what they wanted.    Over 300 university full-time or retired professors, librarians and archivists at York University have signed the letter below demanding that the York University President and Board of Governers settle with CUPE 3903 now. They shared this letter with rabble.ca.   Open letter to the President of York University and the Board of Governors:  Settle with CUPE 3903 now! We, the undersigned full-time or retired professors, librarians and archivists at York University, are deeply concerned with the ...
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Demanding justice for Black cleaning workers in Halifax 29.5.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour Taylor MacLean is a cleaning worker who lives in Halifax. Darius Mirshahi is an organizer with SEIU Local 2 in the same city, in particular with their Justice for Janitors campaign. Scott Neigh interviews them about anti-Black racism in the workplace, about precarious work, about an injustice faced by MacLean and a number of other Black cleaning workers, and about the human rights complaint and community campaign that the workers and their supporters have mounted in response. Racism against Black workers is ubiquitous in all kinds of workplaces, and plays out in a lot of different ways. MacLean says that in his experience, it is common for the work of Black workers to face greater scrutiny from supervisors than the work of white workers, and it is also extremely common for Black workers to be reprimanded for things that are more likely to be ignored when white workers do them. Racism can also be a significant barrier to Black workers getting and keeping jobs, and to being promoted. Precarious work ...
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Just get over it, WestJet! It's time to negotiate like grownups with your pilots' union 5.5.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Message to WestJet: It's time to negotiate with your pilots like grownups. After all, this is Canada and they've got a constitutional right to bargain collectively, so you need to just get over it. At this point, you'll do more harm to your business by fighting them than you will by making an effort to have a mature business relationship. The recent call for a strike vote by WestJet pilots, who are trying to negotiate a first collective agreement, tells a sad old story we're quite familiar with here in Alberta. It's a tale of companies that are so unhappy about the perceived slight to them of their employees joining a union they end up harming themselves and their customers. This is probably not the best metaphor for a story about an airline, but as has often been observed, for the first time apparently by King Solomon, who is reputed to have been quite wise: "Pride goeth before a fall." Because WestJet is an airline, it falls under federal labour law. But the Calgary-based ...
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SpaceX Dragon, Pro-Second Amendment protests: 5 things to know Wednesday 2.5.2018 Science / Technology News

Students at schools across the nation are poised to walk out of their classrooms for 16 minutes Wednesday to show their support for the Second Amendment . The national event, called "Stand for the Second," comes just over a month after students around the country staged a walkout aimed at stopping gun violence and honoring the students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February.

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Twenty-Five Years After the Lucasville Uprising, Its Survivors Are Leading a New Prison Resistance Movement 26.4.2018 Truthout.com
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, the longest prison revolt involving fatalities to occur in the history of the United States. Survivors of this 11-day prison takeover are still fighting for basic human rights behind bars -- and still meeting state repression, now that prison strikes are regularly coordinated beyond any individual prison's walls. Police officers patrol the outer perimeter of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility April 12, 1993, after a prisoner uprising on April 11, 1993. (Photo: Eugene Garcia / AFP / Getty Images) This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, the longest prison revolt involving fatalities to occur in the history of the United States. Survivors of this 11-day prisoner takeover of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) have been active and inspiring participants in the present movement for prisoners' rights, gaining attention that was unavailable to them in 1993. In light of the growing momentum in prisoner ...
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Meet the Music Teacher Who Helped Organize the Arizona Teacher Strike 26.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
"What we really have is an education crisis," says Noah Karvelis, an Arizona elementary school teacher who started the group behind today's statewide teachers' walkout. Karvelis explains why teachers are still striking despite promises from the governor for better wages, and how the struggle in Arizona advances the nationwide movement for justly paid teachers and fully funded public schools. Noah Karvelis speaks during the #RedForEd strike in Arizona, April 25, 2017. (Photo: Arizona Education Association ) Also See: Arizona Educators Stage First Statewide Walkout as Teacher Revolt Grows Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. Today's ...
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Arizona Educators Stage First Statewide Walkout as Teacher Revolt Grows 26.4.2018 Truthout.com
Strikers listen to a speaker during the #RedForEd strike in Arizona, April 25, 2017. (Photo: Arizona Education Association ) Unlike West Virginia and Oklahoma, today's teacher walkout in Arizona is the first statewide strike ever held by educators in the Grand Canyon State. But the state still resembles others revolting this spring because educators there also lack collective bargaining rights under so-called "right-to-work" provisions, and their decision walk out over decades of low pay and cuts to education is technically illegal. Strikers listen to a speaker during the #RedForEd strike in Arizona, April 25, 2017. (Photo: Arizona Education Association ) Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this one: We depend on reader support! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Unlike West Virginia and Oklahoma, today's teacher walkout in Arizona is the first statewide strike ever held by educators in the Grand Canyon State. But the state still resembles others revolting this spring because educators ...
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