The rule of law has suddenly been given a rather flexible interpretation by the Harper government in the arena of labour relations.
My mind keeps drifting back to the recent Air Canada flight attendants' strike that never happened, as a result of threats from the Harper government.
In case you had any doubts where the escalating attack on Canadian unions is coming from, check out the website of the Canadian Labour Watch Association.
Conservative MP Russ Hiebert tabled his private member bill in the Commons this week, calling for changes to the Income Tax Act to require unions to publicly disclose their financial statements.
Union influence within the NDP has slipped away over the years, and it was probably only a matter of time before separation proceedings were instituted.
The G20 labour ministers' meeting next week is being held against the background of high unemployment in the advanced economies, and the prospect for unemployment to increase even further.
Labour Day is a good time to review what unions have given us and what has been lost in much of the world as governments reduce the rights of working people to choose to act collectively.
Employers are creating two-tier workplaces, and gross inequities aimed squarely at young workers entering the workplace.
This guide is intended to introduce activists to union solidarity.
I've never endorsed the HST. That claim, made by business-funded HST advocates in B.C. trying to drive a wedge between unions in B.C. and in Ontario, is blatantly false.