NO FUN BEING YOUNG IN ALBERTA
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.”
HSAA president Mike Parker and the leaders of Alberta’s largest public sector unions were at the legislature June 13 for the introduction of Bill 9
THE FIX IS IN AND THEY KNOW IT. Alberta public service workers know conservative premier Jason Kenney is out to get them and shred their contracts. Even if he has to break the law to do it.
Steve Dominic, injured in Babine mill explosion, joins rally to demand a public inquiry into negligence leading to sawmill explosions
RYAN CLAY’S WORLD EXPLODED ON JANUARY 20, 2012. That was the day the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, British Columbia blew up and burned down. Ryan worked in the mill. Two of his workmates, Glenn Roche and Robert Luggi were killed. He and 19 others were injured.
United 4 Respect supporter at rally on Wall St. NYC
BRUCE MILLER WANTS A DOUBLE PAYBACK. He is looking to get cash for himself along with the satisfaction of making Sears eat it. Bruce is part of Rise Up Retail, a militant workers’ action group launched just last year by the workers’ rights organization United for Respect.
Iran Jasmine gave $2,000 to a recruiter in Mexico who promised her a $4,000-a-month job in Canada
WE TREAT MIGRANT WORKERS LIKE SHIT. We did when we brought them from China to build our railroads over a century ago. We still do when we bring them here today to work our farms. It’s the Canadian way.
Tess Siksay is part of a team organizing a union for the app-based food delivery company Foodora
TESS SIKSAY WANTS TO ADD A UNION TO THE MENU. She is part of a team working to organize the food delivery workers at Foodora in Toronto.
The Foodora couriers and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) launched their “Justice for Foodora couriers” union drive on May 1 with a loud bike rally in front of the Foodora head office on King St. in downtown Toronto.
LEO PUDDISTER TRIBUTE
to go to the wall’
Newfoundland and Labrador labour movement
loses one of its best-loved leaders
A tribute from CLI President James Clancy
LEO PUDDISTER was well known in Newfoundland and Labrador as flashy, stylish, charming and blustery trade unionist with a character that was larger than life. Once you met Leo you could never forget his colourful personality.
SIT ON IT!
TWO NIGHTS AND DAYS OF WAITING DIDN’T HELP. The 4000 nursing home workers in New Brunswick are still waiting for a contract and waiting to find out if their Charter right to strike will be honoured.
Social workers in Calgary counsel a homeless man
HELPING THE HOMELESS HURTS. This truth is revealed in a recent study by Professor Jeannette Waegemakers-Schiff at the University of Alberta.
Waegemakers-Schiff conducted interviews with 470 frontline workers at 23 organizatons and agencies working with the homeless in Calgary. She found that:
NS Paramedic Scott Sturgeon
THEY CALL IT "CODE CRITICAL". But the government continues to ignore warnings from the 1,100 paramedics in Nova Scotia. This is bad for the paramedics and bad for the general public, says the union representing them. So bad the paramedics have taken to twitter to warn the public about it.