Labour - Unions

Zak Vescera
As the Okanagan Valley filled with wildfire smoke, foreign farmworkers faced an uncertain future. Photo by Darryl Dyck, the Canadian Press.

Aug. 29, 2023

Advocates call for emergency measures to help workers salvage their time in BC.

Sam Gindin
UPS workers with signs - Just Contract

 August 24, 2023  

There is a debilitating tendency on the Left to instantly judge bargaining settlements as either sellouts or breakthroughs. But neither the cynicism nor the cheerleading gets us very far in grasping the actual significance of these agreements.

Crawford Kilian
Students return to the University of British Columbia campus in September 2022. Classes start again soon, but the post-secondary system needs to change in response to these times. Photo via Shutterstock.

Aug. 25, 2023

BC burns and a new school year beckons. Is what we teach out of step with the times?

Paul Fleckenstein and Gareth Dale
 rawpixel - fire and figure walking in front
Aug. 16, 2023

Degrowth identifies and critiques growth as fundamental to the capitalist system. Growth enriches property owners and the wealthy, leaving the rest of humanity behind with devastating environmental consequences. Tempest member Paul Fleckenstein interviews Gareth Dale on the politics of degrowth and the critique of the ideology of growth in capitalist society.

Alex N. Press
Stellantis workers attend a "members' handshake" event with UAW president Shawn Fain to mark the beginning of contract negotiations, July 12, 2023, in Sterling Heights, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano / Getty Images)

Aug. 4, 2023

This week, the UAW presented proposals to automakers in contract negotiations covering some 150,000 workers. Autoworkers want big raises, an end to tiers, and the right to strike over plant closures — and conditions appear favorable for them to win.

In years past, the negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Big Three auto manufacturers — Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis (formerly Chrysler) — began with the union’s president shaking hands with the auto executives across the bargaining table. Not so this year.

Zak Vescera
The BC Wildfire Service faces challenges in hiring and retaining firefighters. Photo from BC Wildfire Service.

Aug. 3, 2023

BC is scrambling to retain experienced workers in the face of mounting challenges.

Riel Allain loved fighting fires, and he had no plans to stop.

Ann Garrison
Virtual Slave Labor Supports Congo Cobalt Mines Men are making $1 a day, women 80 cents a day, and their children work in the mines instead of going to school.

Jul 31, 2023

Virtual Slave Labor Supports Congo Cobalt Mines - Men are making $1 a day, women 80 cents a day, and their children work in the mines instead of going to school.

Following is an interview conducted by Ann Garrison with Maurice Carney, Executive Director of Friends of the Congo, about the virtual slave labor in the cobalt mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s cobalt mines.

Markham Hislop
Petroleum can be used for super strong and light carbon fibre, a material key to technologies we’ll need in a low-emissions economy. Photo via Shutterstock.

Jul. 31, 2023

A Better Use for Alberta’s Oil and Gas - Look to the future. Commit the province’s petroleum to making materials for a post-combustion economy?

[Tyee Editor’s note: This piece is drawn from a recently published version on Markham Hislop’s site Energi Media.]

Zak Vescera
The proposed Roberts Bank port expansion would dramatically increase container capacity. Illustration via the Port of Vancouver.

Jul 19, 2023

The union and employers supported the agreement. The workers didn’t.


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