Labour - Unions

William Janeway
Demostrators with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gather in San Francisco to call on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support the formation of a select committee to advance a Green New Deal. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc)

April 14, 2021

Whether it is called "Build Back Better" or a "Green Industrial Policy" or, indeed, a Green New Deal, it is imperative to reject the false dichotomy of "jobs against climate."

Metaphors matter. As a metaphor, the "New Deal" has been mobilized both in response to climate change and in support of President Biden's rescue and infrastructure initiatives. It needs examination if it is to go from serving as a mere slogan to defining a coherent program. Compelling invocation of the New Deal turns on:

Nicole Oud
Construction at the Site C dam job site in northern B.C. has continued during the COVID-19 pandemic as it's considered an essential service. (Site C Clean Energy Project)

"Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kim said they are looking at ways to mass vaccinate the rest of the project's workers as quickly as possible."

Apr 29, 2021

Northern Health says work at the dam construction site in northeast B.C. can continue

Northern Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak among workers at BC Hydro's Site C dam project in northeast B.C. 

Thirty-four lab-confirmed cases have been identified. Of those, 13 are active, and 100 workers are isolating at home or on site. 

Andrew MacLeod and Amanda Follett Hosgood
More than 40 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Site C dam site since the start of March, and the number of cases has increased in recent weeks, says BC Hydro. Photo via BC Hydro.

29 Apr 2021

Thirty-four people have tested positive at the site in five separate case clusters.

Construction is continuing on the Site C dam despite the Northern Health Authority declaring a COVID-19 outbreak among people working on the project.

“The declaration follows evidence of COVID-19 transmission among employees working primarily on civil works and excavation for the project,” the authority announced Thursday.

Laura Stone, Jeff Gray, Queen's Park Reporters

Apr. 28, 2021

Ontario will provide workers with three paid sick days to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic until the fall, a major turnaround for Premier Doug Ford’s government that critics said was still inadequate.

Chris Campbell
Locked-out Hilton Metrotown workers staged a rally at Burnaby city hall on Monday.Michael Y.C. Tseng

Apr. 27, 2021

Council passed a motion on Monday related to a labour dispute

Locked-out Hilton Metrotown hotel workers rallied at Burnaby City Hall on Monday to urge council to adopt a motion to not spend city money at the hotel during the labour dispute.

And then city council did exactly that.

Hilton Metrotown locked out room attendants, front desk agents, banquet, and kitchen staff on April 16 after terminating 97 long-term staff, impacting at least 50 workers who live in Burnaby - a move the union has called "mass firings."

Inayat Singh, Alice Hopton

Without a transition plan, advocates say oil and gas workers fill face involuntary layoffs and a lack of options for retraining. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

In These Times Editors

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey just introduced a new plan to employ millions of Americans in good-paying jobs that respond to climate change. Who’s in?

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1. A new, national program to put Americans to work on environmental projects that slow climate change and mitigate its effects.

Sydney Ghazarian and Ashik Siddique
A solar systems engineer (Getty Images)

March 11, 2021

After years of delay and denial from the highest levels of government, the Biden administration has promised to confront the existential threat of the climate crisis with trillions of dollars in “green” investment. Such a massive infusion of spending on energy, transit, housing, and more would reshape the entire physical landscape of the country.

Andrew MacLeod
Grocery worker - Photo by Jonathan Hayward, the Canadian Press.


Apr. 22, 2021

‘I do believe this will save lives.’ Labour leaders and analysts say more must be done.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the B.C. government says it would like paid sick days to be available to all workers, but it has so far avoided stepping in to fill the gap.


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