Labour - Unions

Primary Author: Mitchell Beer
Eva Sleire/Equinor

Sept. 22, 2022

Canada must make an “audacious and hopeful offer” to oil and gas workers communities with a new Climate Emergency Just Transition Transfer to deliver clean economy jobs, the Commons Finance Committee heard yesterday.

David Macdonald
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is followed by reporters on Parliament Hill, Oct. 1, 2018. In this new session, MPs will have to get down to business. Photo by Alex Tétreault

The fall session of Parliament will test all five parties’ mettle.

Newly minted Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre will be scrutinized for whether he can shift from polarizing far-right rhetoric towards a narrative that is more parliamentarian — or whether he’s digging in his heels.

Adam D.K. King
Scaffolding - Photo via Josh Sorenson on Pexels.

Sept. 16, 2022

Collectively refusing to work overtime can be illegal in Alberta, highlighting Canada’s poor labour standards.

A couple of weeks ago, workers who install scaffolding at a Suncor Inc. site in Alberta were informed by their employer that if they didn’t stop refusing “voluntary” overtime, they could be fired, fined or possibly jailed. 

Jessica Corbett
Nurses at Children's Minnesota and United Hospital in St. Paul were among some 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports who walked off the job on September 12, 2022 for a three-day strike. (Photo: John Autey/MediaNews Group/St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images)

Sept. 12, 2022

"We feel like this is the only thing we can do," said one nurse. "Hospitals tell us it's our fault, but we've been actively involved and getting nowhere."

About 15,000 nurses in Minnesota walked off the job on Monday for a historic three-day strike after months of failed contract negotiations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"I can't give my patients the care they deserve."

Andrew Nikiforuk
‘Societies that do not reduce transmission with a combination of masks, ventilation, filtration and booster shots are supporting long COVID and the mass disability that it portends.’ Image via Shutterstock.

Sept. 8, 2022

Why have our leaders surrendered us to rising deaths and widespread deteriorating health?

In case you were in denial that denial itself is a powerful part of the human condition, the pandemic has given us more proof.

Peter S. Goodman
LocusBots at Locus Robotics, a Massachusetts company that aims to automate warehouses with robots.Credit...Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

This article reminds me of a cartoon I saw 50+ years ago: Henry Ford and a union leader are overlooking an assembly line. Ford says, "No workers here are going on strike!" The union leader replies, "Nope, and none who will buy Fords either."

                    -- Gene McGuckin

Sept. 7, 2022

Grace Kennedy

Webpage Editor: Apart from the concerns mentioned in the article I wonder about the energy that would be necessary to operate these systems and their large scale and the high cost of the technology.  And what about their vulnerability to extreme environmental conditions?

Sept. 6, 2022


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