UNIONS MATTER #9
Women do better
Women do better when they are in a union—way better.
They earn, on average, $6.89/hour more than non-union women because their unions negotiated fair wages and work hours.
There were 2,425,000 women union members working all across Canada in 2013.
Union women make up 32.6% of all women workers
Workers hold vigil to mark the death of worker killed on the job
ONCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN ENOUGH. IT WASN’T. Another worker has been killed on the job at a Fiera Foods operation in Toronto. The fourth at a Fiera Foods consortium operation since 1999.
Dahlia Alie is part of a union drive involving more than 1,000 GoodLife Fitness employees in Toronto
THE GIG LIFE INCLUDES A UNION. Workers at Goodlife Fitness are proving it.
There are more than 12,000 of them. They work as group fitness instructors and personal trainers in more than 300 Goodlife locations from coast to coast. They have already won a $7.5 million class action lawsuit to collect back pay from Goodlife. Their union drive continues to build momentum.
UNIONS MATTER #8
When Indigenous women in Canada were fighting to establish an inquiry into 2,500 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada they had two groups of allies:
- Human Rights groups and
- Trade Unions.
The Canadian Labour Congress was one of the first to support an inquiry and they were honoured by Indigenous women at a ceremony when the inquiry was announced.
“YOU COULD CALL IT ‘REEFER MADNESS’, SAYS SMOKEY THOMAS. “Premier Ford wants to let just anyone set up shop to sell cannabis in Ontario. His plan is reckless and shameless. It exposes our youth to needless risk; plus, it's a payoff to his business buddies of millions in profits from cannabis sales.”
“LABOUR HISTORY DOESN’T EXIST,” SAYS JIM WARREN. There is just history. None of it happened without working people. But that’s not how we choose to teach history in our schools.”
Jim Warren is co-author of On the Side of the People: A history or labour in Saskatchewan and a professor of political science at the University of Regina. He says the history taught in our schools is “a Walt Disney version of reality.”
Nhlanhla Dlamini shows where nail hit him
SHAWN WADE HYNES SMILED AS HE PULLED THE TRIGGER. That’s the way Nhlanhla Dlamini remembers the moments just before a 3.5 inch nail ripped into his skin and punctured his lung on September 19.
Nhlanhla, a 21-year old black man believes Hynes meant to harm him. Hynes, a 43 year-old white man, says it was an accident.
ALL FOR ONE
YOU CAN SEE HER CRYING ON THE VIDEO. She is clearly overwhelmed by the situation. Hundreds of strangers have come to stand shoulder to shoulder with her on the picket line in front of the D-J Composites plant in Gander, Newfoundland.
She says: “It’s just so good to see all these people coming together for us. It’s very, very touching.”
THE BAD NEWS IS MACHINES WILL SOON TAKE MORE THAN HALF OUR JOBS. The good news is there will be more than enough new work to keep us all employed. That’s how the World Economic Forum (WEF) sees our future.
It’s all part of what WEF officials call the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Their recent “Future of Jobs 2018” study sets out what they think the size and shape of that revolution will be like.
BANISHED TO THE ‘BURBS’
Poster from Unite Here union campaign for hotel service workers
LIFE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO IS A LOT LIKE LIFE IN DOWNTON ABBEY. The people who service the needs of the those who live there are kept separate from those they work for.
In the TV show Downton Abbey a staircase separates the workers from the lords and ladies living in luxury upstairs; in downtown Toronto it’s the high cost of actually living downtown that does the same thing.