Tags – Labour

  • Unions need to get to school, and soon

    Students are not being taught the relevance of unions in their classes

    Unions need to know more to educate young workers the basic facts about unions: that they lead to higher wages, better working conditions, and more job security.

  • Why strike support isn’t enough

    Lessons in solidarity organizing on the one-year anniversary of the postal strike

    In the current climate of government attacks on the public service and on collective bargaining across Canada, the need for community organizers to build relationships between workers is now, more than ever, an essential part of mounting an effective challenge to austerity.

  • United against austerity

    A round table discussion on taking back Toronto

    At the same time, the austerity assault continues in Toronto and across Canada with slashes to social services ranging from libraries to daycares, emergency services, and public transit.

  • Walking papers

    Honourable mention, creative writing contest (fiction)

    Kelly is tragically reliable. When she is laid off from her government job, she finds another, more lucrative, way to pay the bills.

  • Living the HyLife

    How meat packers are fuelling migration to Manitoba towns

    Over the past 40 years, increasing numbers of Prairie towns and villages are “dying” as people leave in droves to find work in the city. But aggressive recruitment campaigns by the hog industry are now re-populating and transforming the demographics of some of Manitoba’s smaller urban centres. What do these changes mean for these once-stereotypical Prairie towns and the growing populations of economic migrants who now call them home?

  • On to Ottawa in marvelous, meandering prose

    Book review

    In June 1935, hundreds of unemployed men took to the rails in what was dubbed the On to Ottawa Trek. The Time We All Went Marching is the story of one woman on the cusp of change.

  • Same fight, new foes

    Fifty years after the birth of medicare, Canada’s health care system is again under threat

    In the summer of 1962, Saskatchewan was beset by a doctors’ strike intent on preserving physician privileges and opposing public health care. Fifty years later, Canada’s medicare system is again under threat.

  • Meeting austerity with creativity

    The politics of community service provision

    In the face of drastic social service cutbacks, community organizers and volunteers are stepping up to fill the void. For the optimistic, this represents opportunity for building the capacity of communities to become more independent of the state. Others critique the impact this offloading has on longer term organizing for social change.

  • Letter from the editor

    A radical imagination

    As the Occupy movement continues to gather momentum, this moment presents an opportunity to re-evaluate the role of unions in social transformation and look beyond the reactive task of simply defending the working conditions of their members within the capitalist system, to which much of the labour movement has become resigned.

  • Homeplace as revolutionary front

    Taking “care” back into our hands

    Homeplace is where we are grown and raised into social beings, where we receive our earliest definitions of humanity, where we first learn to recognize love, violence, justice and pain. Yet it has persisted in our imagination as a private sphere of emotional and material dependence, rather than as a front in revolutionary struggle.