Haitian refugee Joanne Clotaire with her sons Lucas and Looandjee, left, ready to work for a new life in Canada
PAULO’S RIGHT HAND WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. The damage done in a meat grinder accident at work is too severe. You’d think he’d get workers’ compensation, no problem. You’d be wrong.
YOGA CLASSES AREN’T GONNA DO IT. The stress at work is still gonna get ya—and even kill ya—way too often. Proof of this is all laid out in a new book by Stanford University professor Jeffrey Pfeffer.
Pfeffer’s book, Dying for a Paycheck, takes a deeper look at research that pointed to working conditions as the cause of more than 120,000 excess deaths a year in the USA.
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.