THE RIGHT TO STRIKE IS NOT OPEN TO INTERPRETATION. That’s the principle at the heart of a case the BC Ferry & Marine Workers Union (BCFMWU) has taken to the BC Supreme Court.
UNIONS MATTER #11
YOUNG WORKERS HAVE DISCOVERED AN OLD TRUTH: We are stronger than we know when we stand together.
Baristas are discovering that. They are starting to “wake up and smell the coffee.” They are not alone.
Young workers are unionizing everywhere, from coffee shops to legal clinics.
Workers rally outside the Amazon operation in Minnesota December 14
SOMALI WORKERS IN MINNESOTA HAVE CRACKED THE AMAZON WALL. They have gotten Amazon to negotiate with them. It’s something no other workers have ever been able to do.
But the Somali-American workers want more than words. They held a rally outside the Amazon operation in Shakopee, Minnesota on December 14 to reinforce that point.
ALL JOBS ARE BULLSHIT JOBS. It’s in the nature of the beast we call capitalism to make them that way. Deep in our reptilian brains we all know this. A graduate degree in economics is not required. A Tim Horton’s degree will do.
Royal Military College welcomes 350 officer cadets, Aug. 2017
“THERE’S NO LIFE LIKE IT”—THANK GOODNESS. That’s not the reaction the Canadian military got to their recruitment slogan back in the 1980s. They often do now.
No one expects life for military recruits to be a walk in the park. But the truth is that in Canada these days it is far too often a danger to their mental health.
The suicide rate at the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston , Ontario is 35 times higher than the national average.
THE GRINCH IS ALL TOO REAL FOR INJURED WORKERS IN ONTARIO. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) steals their Christmas from them just like the cartoon character. But, there is no happy ending for injured workers. The meanness of the WSIB lasts year after year. But the workers remain unbowed.
UNIONS MATTER #10
Published December 7, 2018
If unions fail
our democracy may well be at stake
MOTHERHOOD IS A DRAG AT WORK. It catches working women in a double bind. First, like all women, they have to accept lower pay than men. But it gets worse if you become a mother.
Working costs mothers more. They have to spend a lot of their pay on the childcare they need to allow them to go out to work in the first place.
Unifor president Jerry Dias (left) and OPSEU president Smokey Thomas
DOUG FORD WANTS TO BE THE BURGER KING OF ONTARIO. He wants to have it all his own way. Unions there have distinctly different plans for the Ontario premier.
OPSEU (the Ontario Public Service Employees Union) and Unifor have joined forces in a formal alliance to go toe-to-toe with Ford. The two unions represent 470,000 workers—about one in every four workers in Ontario.