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Sat, 11/09/2019 - 11:57

Here’s what’s wrong with the Ford Conservatives

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DOUG FORD DIDN'T KILL ENRICO MIRANDA. But he didn't do all he could to make his death less likely, either.

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TEMPORARY WORKERS ARE DYING

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Enrico Miranda was killed on the job September 25 2019

DOUG FORD DIDN'T KILL ENRICO MIRANDA. But he didn't do all he could to make his death less likely, either.

CATCH 22
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Thu, 10/17/2019 - 15:44

Government lawyers only have right to strike if they don’t use it

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WHEN IS A WORKER NOT A WORKER? When you work as a crown attorney in Nova Scotia.

Rick Woodburn, negotiating team member and Perry Borden, president of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys’ Association

WHEN IS A WORKER NOT A WORKER? When you work as a crown attorney in Nova Scotia.

On the one hand, the government of Nova Scotia acknowledges the Crowns have a right to strike. On the other hand, the government has moved to restrict, or outright refuse, to allow its lawyers to exercise that right.

STRIKING DIFFERENCE
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Sun, 10/06/2019 - 15:27

Strikes bring ‘unbreakable human solitarity’

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WORKERS KNOW THEY ARE THEIR OWN BEST FRIENDS. That’s why they go on strike, says Jane McAlevey. That’s why 49,000 UAW (United Autoworkers Union) members went on strike September 16, she says.

WORKERS KNOW THEY ARE THEIR OWN BEST FRIENDS. That’s why they go on strike, says Jane McAlevey. That’s why 49,000 UAW (United Autoworkers Union) members went on strike September 16, she says.

“Workers learn to strike and have the confidence to strike by watching other workers strike and win,” says McAlevey, a union organizer, author, and scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labour Center.

Lethal lies
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Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:14

Oil bosses force workers to lie about dangers to keep their jobs

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MATTHEW LINNITT HAD TO RUN FOR HIS LIFE AND LIE ABOUT IT. It was the only way he could save himself and his job.

Glad to be alive: Matthew Linnitt with his two sons

MATTHEW LINNITT HAD TO RUN FOR HIS LIFE AND LIE ABOUT IT. It was the only way he could save himself and his job.

Matthew was working on an oil well in northwestern Alberta in May 2016. He was left alone. He shouldn’t have been. He thought the well was properly capped. It wasn’t. A geyser of toxic sour gas spewed out of the well. He searched for the site’s emergency breathing equipment. There was none. He ran for his life.

SIMPLY CRIMINAL
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Sun, 09/08/2019 - 12:56

Criminal charges against company in worker death make history

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SAM FITZPATRICK’S COMPLAINTS DIDN’T SAVE HIM. Sam was killed on the job on February 22, 2009. He was crushed to death under a huge bolder. He had warned his bosses something like that might happen just the day before.

Sam Fitzpatrick

SAM FITZPATRICK’S COMPLAINTS DIDN’T SAVE HIM. Sam was killed on the job on February 22, 2009. He was crushed to death under a huge bolder. He had warned his bosses something like that might happen just the day before.

KEEPING ‘EM DOWN
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Sat, 09/07/2019 - 15:19

Residential care workers deliberately left out of service pay award

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SOME OLD PEOPLE ARE WORTH MORE THAN OTHERS. At least that’s how the provincial paymasters in Nova Scotia see it. That means some of the workers who care for the elderly in the province will get a promised cash award and some won’t.

SOME OLD PEOPLE ARE WORTH MORE THAN OTHERS. At least that’s how the provincial paymasters in Nova Scotia see it. That means some of the workers who care for the elderly in the province will get a promised cash award and some won’t.

Nursing home workers will get a PSA (Public Service Award) cash payout—residential care workers will not.

UNIONS YES
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Fri, 08/30/2019 - 17:12

Canadian unions can use past wins to secure their future

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CANADIAN UNIONS CAN MAKE THEMSELVES GREAT AGAIN. They will have to go back to the future to do it. That’s the message in the latest research paper from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR).

CANADIAN UNIONS CAN MAKE THEMSELVES GREAT AGAIN. They will have to go back to the future to do it. That’s the message in the latest research paper from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR).

UNIONS YES
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Sun, 09/01/2019 - 15:26

Canadian unions can use past wins to secure their future

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CANADIAN UNIONS CAN MAKE THEMSELVES GREAT AGAIN. They will have to go back to the future to do it. That’s the message in the latest research paper from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR).

CANADIAN UNIONS CAN MAKE THEMSELVES GREAT AGAIN. They will have to go back to the future to do it. That’s the message in the latest research paper from the Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR).

PAY ME!
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Tue, 08/27/2019 - 23:37

Workers fight bosses to get pay they earned

DAMIR MOLLNAR AND MICHAEL NARVERY

DAMIR MOLLNAR AND MICHAEL NARVERY WANT THEIR MONEY. The two men worked at Senova, an upscale Italian restaurant in Vancouver, for a total of 13 years. They want the money they earned but never got during all those years.

DAMIR MOLLNAR AND MICHAEL NARVERY WANT THEIR MONEY. The two men worked at Senova, an upscale Italian restaurant in Vancouver, for a total of 13 years. They want the money they earned but never got during all those years.

NO FUN BEING YOUNG IN ALBERTA
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Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:13


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It’s not a good time to be a worker or a young person in Alberta. If you happen to be both, you’re really screwed. That’s because one of the first steps that the Jason Kenney United Con Party took was to slash the minimum wage for young workers by 13%, from $15 to $13 an hour, effective immediately.

It’s not a good time to be a worker or a young person in Alberta. If you happen to be both, you’re really screwed. That’s because one of the first steps that the Jason Kenney United Con Party took was to slash the minimum wage for young workers by 13%, from $15 to $13 an hour, effective immediately.

Kenney said he doesn’t understand the concern that some people expressed with paying young people less money. “Look—13 bucks an hour—that’s a heck of a lot more than zero bucks an hour.”

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