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Labour news this week: IMF behind decline of workers' rights, says ITUC; migrant workers shot in Greece; Porter suing union

| April 19, 2013
Lori Theresa Waller

Labour news this week: RBC temp foreign worker backlash forces promise of reform; second major blow to EI recipients kicks in

| April 12, 2013
Lori Theresa Waller

Labour news this week: Thousands protest EI reforms; WorkSafeNB under fire; Ont. teachers divided on extra-curriculars

| March 1, 2013

Ontario teachers divided on resuming extra-curricular duties

Teachers rally outside the Ontario Liberal convention. (Photo: hdurnin / flickr)

The union representing education workers in Ontario elementary schools said yesterday that despite "respectful and positive" talks with the government under newly-minted Premier Kathleen Wynne, it has no intention just yet of telling its members to end their boycott of extra-curricular activities.

 Since September, elementary school teachers have been protesting the government's passage of Bill 115 by declining to lead student clubs, sports teams or other extra-curricular activities.


Gerry Caplan

The politics of Ontario teachers

| February 11, 2013

Ontario teachers' labour dispute may be beginning of broader battle across public service

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The ongoing labour crisis in Ontario's public schools may just be a prelude to a much broader battle about to unfold between the government and all public sector workers in the province.


Lori Theresa Waller

Labour news this week: EI changes kick in, proposed new banking rules endorse status quo, fight continues for Ontario teachers

| January 11, 2013
Lori Theresa Waller

Labour news this week: Unions rally behind Spence, investigation of rail worker accident, Ont. imposes contract on teachers

| January 4, 2013

Politics, humour and Ontario teachers

"Hillary's last laugh." Image: Doug Millison/TheConcreteJungleBook.com/Flickr

The Internet rescues political humour. I don't mean humour about politicians, which is doing fine. I mean the gormless putative humour voiced by politicians, that reporters often describe with one of journalism's most irritating words, quipped. ("They said they're furious? That's too bad," quips Mayor Ford.) Take Hillary Clinton, running four years ago for her party's presidential nomination. Her laugh itself -- a self-conscious attempt to prove she had a lighthearted side -- became a joke. But social media came to her aid through YouTube. Using the famous scene in the film Downfall, set in Hitler's bunker, with Hillary as Hitler, she lambasted her staff, via subtitles, for failing her against Obama: : ". . .

Video: Education workers hold funeral for collective bargaining rights in Ontario

Devastated by a far-reaching anti-worker bill (Bill 115 passed a few days ago), rank-and-file education workers convened a funeral for collective bargaining rights on the lawn of Queen's Park, Monday September 10, 2012. Workers and friends joined to reflect on our loss and pledge ourselves for the future.

Dearly beloved, we rank-and-file members and education workers have gathered here today indeed during a very solemn dark day to commemorate another victim in the death of the march to austerity. As the McGuinty Government continues his attack on the rights of working people, as he attempts to pass such foul and distasteful legislation named the "Putting Students First Act."

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