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    ‘Poster boy’ for PTSD denies care to fellow officers
    Debbie Carleton

    DET. CONST. DEBBIE CARLETON'S JOB RUINED HER HEALTH. But getting the care any injured worker is entitled to is not easy. She has filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to get it.


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    Restaurant workers forced to be ‘sexy’ to get jobs

    YOU WON’T SEE SEX OFFERED ON RESTAURANT MENUS. But it’s there. Restaurant workers hate it. Bosses demand it. Customers like it. And there is no law against it. Yet.


    Worker wins more than $100,000 from McDonald’s over unfair firing

    Esther Brake, a longtime McDonalds manager in Ottawa

    Esther Brake, a longtime McDonalds manager in Ottawa, won a $100k judgement in her wrongful dismissal case against the fast food giant.  Julie Oliver / Postmedia 

    ESTHER BRAKE IS LOVIN’ IT. McDonald’s not so much.

    The fast food giant will have to pay Esther $100,000 by an order of the Supreme Court of Ontario made on May 23, 2017. 


    RCMP on trial for exposing  officers to death on the job

    Constable Douglas James Larche, 40, Constable Dave Joseph Ross, 32, and Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, were shot and killed on the job in Moncton, N.B., on June 4, 2014

    Constable Douglas James Larche, 40, Constable Dave Joseph Ross, 32, and Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, were shot and killed on the job in Moncton, N.B., on June 4, 2014


    Activist races to prove prescribed treatment often hurt workers' health

    YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF McKINTYRE POWDER. The fact you’re hearing about it now, it’s probably because of Janice Martell.

    Janice is a past President of Local 604 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), and a community activist with a particular interest in occupational health and safety. And that’s where McIntyre Powder comes in.


    One lone worker beats the burger bullies


    USHA RAM FOUGHT THE BURGER BULLIES IN COURT AND WON. She said they had no reason to fire her.  A British Colombia judge agreed. Now Burger King has to pay her $46,000 in damages.

    Fired over a $1 fry

    In the end, it turned out the Burger King case against Usha came down to a $1 order of fries. Burger King said they fired her for stealing them. Usha said her shift boss told her she could have them.

  • Conservatives' regressive anti-labour legislation repealed

    "Repealing these bills shows that this government understands that strong unions matter. It understands that giving workers the freedom to join together and speak our minds freely is vital to the health and prosperity of our communities and our country." Larry Brown, NUPGE President

    Ottawa (20 Oct. 2016) — "This is a major victory for working people in Canada," says Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

    Parliament recognizes value and rights of unions

  • OPSEU seeks remedy following landmark legal victory for education workers

    This ruling helps to solidify the charter right to a meaningful process of collective bargaining.

    Toronto (07 Oct. 2016) — In April 2016, a Superior Court decision found the Ontario government violated the charter rights of education workers. So what’s the remedy when a government violates your rights?

    Unions begin negotiations to undo damage of Putting Student First legislation


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