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| June 10, 2015

Mayday, mayday! A new kind of unionism for a changing world

Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below

Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below

by Staughton Lynd
(PM Press,
2015;
$14.95)

In 1982, when service and maintenance workers at a hospital in Warren, Ohio went on strike, they were not alone. Members of the Workers' Solidarity Club from Youngstown, Ohio -- about 200 km away -- joined the picket line. They made leaflets, invited members of other unions to join the hospital workers in rallies every week, and got themselves arrested while chanting "Warren is a union town, we won't let you tear it down."

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| April 3, 2015
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For corporations, it's never enough: How corporatism threatens Canadian workers

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A news story this week blandly described the perverse reality that is the current state of the Canadian economy. The headline read "Corporate profit margins at 27-year high and likely to stay there." Pretty heady stuff if you took it out of context. But the context is everything: pathetic growth projections, record high personal debt, stagnating wages, hundreds of billions in idle corporate cash, a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deficit, a growing real estate bubble and a Bank of Canada chief who has no idea how to fix things. And, of course, a prime minister who thinks fixing things is heretical.

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Federal government warns foreign workers going 'underground' is not an option

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The federal government has warned the thousands of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) whose work permits are expired yesterday, April 1, to comply with the new law by leaving the country or be dealt with accordingly.

"Let there be no mistake: We will not tolerate people going 'underground.' Flouting our immigration laws is not an option, and we will deal with offenders swiftly and fairly," said Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre in a statement.

Four years ago, April 1, 2015 was set as the deadline for TFWs in low-skilled occupations to either become permanent residents or return to their home countries as a means to encourage employers to hire Canadians.

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April 1 deadline looms for children of temporary foreign workers

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On April 1, 2015, new federal government rules will set the stage for the largest set of deportations in Canada's history. An estimated 70,000 temporary foreign workers whose contracts are expiring will either voluntarily leave Canada, be given deportation orders, or will continue living here without legal documents.

Ethel Tungohan interviewed temporary foreign workers about the impact the 4 & 4 rule will have on them and their families. All names in this piece have been changed to protect the interviewees.

 

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Temporary foreign workers and precarious work in Atlantic Canada

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After a decade, the two-tier model of flexible migrant labour in Atlantic Canada is deeply entrenched and driving migration for local workers and for transnational migrants.

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Migrant advocacy groups fight April 1 temporary foreign worker deportations

On April 1, 2015, an estimated 70,000 temporary foreign workers whose contracts are expiring will either voluntarily leave Canada, be given deportation orders, or will continue living here without legal documents. Based on the number of temporary foreign workers seeking assistance from settlement services agencies and migrant organizations, 16,000 temporary foreign workers in Alberta will lose status in Alberta, which migrant advocates stress is a conservative estimate.

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Migrant work: A worldwide game of musical chairs plays out in Atlantic Canada

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On March 7 New Brunswick Conservative MP John Williamson summed up the racialized caricature the Conservative government is using to prop up its economic policies in the Maritimes: lazy white locals and hardworking transnational migrants.

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Migrants in Atlantic Canada: How to survive in a remittance economy

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There was a lot of ire and eye-rolling on March 7 when New Brunswick Conservative MP John Williamson, in response to a question about labour shortages in meat-packing and processing, claimed: "it makes no sense to pay whities to stay home w

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