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As U.S. protectionism surges, Canada implores Washington: But we're friends!

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In the 1980 U.S. presidential election Republican Ronald Reagan campaigned in Michigan promising to protect autoworker jobs.

A strong U.S. dollar provoked measures to protect U.S. production of autos, steel and textiles against foreign competitors who profited from domestic currency weakness through increased exports to the U.S.

In 1981 Reagan imposed "voluntary" export restraint agreements on Japanese carmakers, who were required to limit their exports to the U.S.

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| December 15, 2016
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| September 29, 2016

Here's why the EI system is not working and what can be done

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For Angella MacEwen, two significant statistics show how many Canadians are left out in the cold when it comes to Employment Insurance (EI).

The senior economist for the Canadian Labour Congress says that the first -- and more widely quoted -- is the national percentage of unemployed workers receiving EI benefits, which has hovered around 40 per cent for the past five years.

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From exploitation to employment: Undoing Canada's sheltered workshop system

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Thousands of intellectually disabled adults in Canada are earning less than $2 an hour under sheltered workshop programs.

In part one of her investigation, rabble labour reporter Teuila Fuatai looks at what life is like for program participants.

Sheltered workshops: The ins and outs

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| April 8, 2016

University of Regina workers vote for strike mandate

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The business of the living wage

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Staff compensation packages can be a significant determining factor in the success of businesses.

According to workplace research, employees earning a fair deal on the job are more efficient, loyal to their bosses and less likely to get sick.

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Canada's minimum income experiment and the fight against poverty

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Scraping by on the minimum wage and the Fight for $15

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