While the horrors of 19th-century coal mining are behind us, today we face similar challenges and examples of labour struggles. And we face the same voices telling us we can't improve things.
Retiree Matters is a monthly column written by members of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) that explores issues relevant to retirees, senior citizens, their families and their communities.
You would think that they would love us as a group -- not for our grey hair, but for our votes. In elections Conservative parties usually gain the plurality of votes from seniors.
Over the years I had been involved in numerous one-day volunteer projects but I knew that there was something beyond that, especially since my retirement left me the time to get involved.
Many retirees have found out that the pension they earned over decades of contributions to plans turned out to be less secure than they had assumed.
As labour organizations go, the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC) is still fairly new, having celebrated its 20th anniversary convention in Ottawa in 2013.
It should not be this way and it was not supposed to be this way. I know what this service means to people as I was a letter carrier for more than 35 years.
Lance Livingstone well remembers the Canadian Auto Workers slogan "30 and out" -- referring to a contract provision that allows autoworkers with 30 years service to retire with a full pension.
At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, we wanted to find out from delegates what their union had meant to them.
For retirees this year, Labour Day was a time to reflect on what they achieved together, achievements now under attack at every turn.
"If those who make the law do not observe it, who will?" That question was posted by a judge in sentencing a provincial politician in Saskatchewan in 1995.