Labour - Unions

01/09/21
Author: 
Justin Ling
Erin O’Toole makes a transportation announcement at a trucking company while campaigning in Winnipeg, on Aug. 20, 2021 (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

This shows some disturbing smarts on the part of Conservative policy makers. Some workers are going to fall for it.

  • Gene McGuckin

Aug. 31, 2021

The policies put forth by the Conservatives are serious, sensible and pro-worker. They're also impressive when put next to the anemic NDP platform.

“It may surprise you to hear a Conservative bemoan the decline of private sector union membership,” Erin O’Toole told captains of industry last year.

01/09/21
Author: 
Jessica Corbett
An Extinction Rebellion demonstrator protests against oil companies in London on August 23, 2021. (Photo: Tejas Sandhu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

August 31, 2021

"If agencies want to remain relevant, and attractive places to work for top young talent, they need to end their work for the worst polluters on the planet."

"You had a future, and so should we."

"We, tomorrow's leaders, call on all agencies, from the holding companies to the independent shops, to stop working with fossil fuel clients. This means oil giants as well as the alphabet soup of trade associations and front groups."
—71 young professionals

31/08/21
Author: 
John Woodside
The Fairy Creek protests over old-growth logging on Vancouver Island are quickly becoming the face of a much broader conflict between environmental goals and economic forces. Photo by @arvinoutside via Fairy Creek Blockade / Facebook

August 31st 2021

As Canada approaches the halfway point in the federal election, the Fairy Creek protests over old-growth logging on Vancouver Island are quickly becoming the face of a much broader conflict between environmental goals and economic forces.

The protests at Fairy Creek are on track to become the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history, surpassing the Clayoquot protests, sometimes called the War in the Woods.

31/08/21
Author: 
Natasha Bulowski
Fossil fuel industry and Indigenous community workers from the Louis Bull Tribe install solar panels in 2017 at the Louis Bull daycare project. Photo by Joan Sullivan / Iron and Earth

Aug, 31, 2021

The Liberal Party’s climate plan includes commitments for a just transition and new funding to support fossil fuel-reliant provinces, but one oilpatch worker-led organization says the plan falls short of what is needed.

27/08/21
Author: 
Isabella Devaan

Aug. 26, 2021

Like the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, a 21st century CCC could create millions of jobs while repairing our environment.

When you think of the New Deal, what comes to mind? For many Americans, the era has an enduring physical legacy in our parks, tree lines, and trails.

27/08/21
Author: 
Linda McQuaig

Aug. 26, 2021

Efforts are being blocked by the fossil fuel industry—probably the most powerful set of interests on earth.

For years, it was assumed the world wouldn't start seriously tackling climate change until we were directly confronted with its horrors—thereby revealing how truly reckless humans are.

24/08/21
Author: 
Sam Gindin
Workers on computers - For workers, competition undermines their most important weapon, solidarity, weakening their potential class power. (@arlington_research / Unsplash)

A key point in the text is the need for one or more political organizations that have the organizing capacity to go beyond unions in fostering an understanding of the need for CLASS Solidarity! - Gene McGuckin

June 14, 2021

24/08/21
Author: 
Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks
Sinking Yacht illustration - Even amid the pandemic, the ultra-rich have continued to hide and hoard their fortunes. The time for a wealth tax is now, write Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks. Image by Canadian Dimension.

August 23, 2021

A wealth tax would raise badly-needed revenue. More importantly, it could reduce the fortunes—and power—of billionaires

In 2008, just after the election of Barack Obama, the two of us were trying to peddle an idea for a book decrying the rise of billionaires. A New York publisher told us he loved our proposal but it came too late. With Obama’s election, he said, the super-rich would soon be hit by steep taxes that would start depleting their fortunes. Their day in the sun was done.

22/08/21
Author: 
Sam Pizzigati, Counterpunch

August 17, 2021

Ace researchers dropped two blockbuster reports on us last week. The first — from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC — hit on Monday with a worldwide thunderclap.

13/08/21
Author: 
John Di Nino
Ensuring public transit’s survival means more than ribbon-cutting

Aug. 11, 2021

In recent weeks and months, the Liberal government has made one large transit announcement after another. It is clear that election time is on the horizon.

A lot of these announcements around new projects are welcome too for if we are going to expand our transit system, we need to have reliable capital dollars to do it. One thing has been made abundantly clear throughout this pandemic: money for projects alone is not enough. Transit systems need funding for operations too.

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