UNION SOLIDARITY TAKES IN THE WHOLE WORLD. It always has.
When unions say “an injury to one is an injury to all” they mean everybody, everywhere. World history is full of examples:
MILLIONS OF US LEAVE DEMOCRACY BEHIND EVERY DAY. We go to work.
Once there, most of the rights and freedoms we hold to be so precious to us off the job just evaporate. This doesn’t seem to matter. The boss gets to behave like a little dictator. Not noticing is expected. Ya gotta go along to get along.
Employers can dictate how we dress, what politicians we support, what we’re allowed to say on social media, even what we do with our free time.
Employers today exert a degree of authority over their employees that, in many cases, is more restrictive than the authority that the state wields over its citizens.
THE LAW CAUGHT UP WITH KAMALJIT BHALLA LAST MONTH. His mistreatment of teenage workers earned him a sentence of 15 months house arrest.
The guilty verdict came after the court heard how Bhalla essentially held two 16-year-old boys captive for three days on his remote construction site northwest of Edmonton, where he subjected them to repeated abuse.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
CELEBRATING WOMEN IS NOT HARD. What’s hard is trying to make a list limited to just 10 great women activists. But, we gave it a shot. Just to get things rolling.
We offer this list as a place to start. It is a list to be added to. A list that needs to grow into the dozens, hundreds, thousands. Exactly how long it should be will depend on you.
We invite you to send us the names and info about women you think should be on a list of great women activists.
Use the Send Us Your Stories button at the bottom of this item to do that.
NO VIOLENCE SILENCE
Sue McIntyre speaks at rally to end the silence about patient violence
An Ontario arbitrator has ruled the North Bay Regional Health Centre was wrong to fire her in February 2016 for talking in public about the violence nurses regularly face at work. He has ruled that Sue should get her job back, with pay.
The arbitrator concluded there is a “broad acceptance that workplace violence is prevalent in the hospital sector.” He also pointed out that hospital administrators themselves are well aware of it.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS A TIME FOR US TO BE GLAD AND SAD.
Glad to celebrate the countless and many unsung achievements and victories of black people. And sad because, despite it all, we are still not free from the scourge of racial discrimination.
Black history IS Canadian history. The two should not be divided. Our common history must, and will, include standing with black Canadians until they are paid fairly, treated fairly, and given rights and respect every Canadian deserves.
STEPHEN McNEIL HAS GOT IT IN FOR UNIONS. The evidence is as clear as the three court challenges his government faces over recent changes made to labour laws in Nova Scotia.
But the McNeil government is hardly alone. Disrespect for labour rights protected by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms continues to be as common in Canada as snow in February. This unfortunate reality is clearly set out in the latest edition of Backgrounder: Summary of current Charter challenges and their impact on union security in Canada.
Roger Fowler writes poems to remember and honour his many friends and former GE workers who have died of cancer.
THE BOSS LIED TO THEM FOR YEARS AND THEY KNEW IT. They knew their work was making them sick. They knew a study by the boss that said it wasn’t was bogus. Now the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) says the workers were right all along.
UNIONS MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK BETTER. They don't just leave government up to the politicians. They believe the best way to keep our democracy strong is to get us all to use it and use it and use it. That is the best way we have to make democracy live up to its promise of government of, for and by the people.