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A new kind of climate movement

Over the past few months an ever growing coalition has been steadily organizing towards what could be the most diverse march for climate and economic justice in Canada. This is the story of how the March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate has come together. RSVP for the March at http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca

Video produced by Kai RW in collaboration with Beyond Crisis Film. http://www.beyondcrisisfilm.com/

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June 26, 2015 |
Key questions in the B.C. Liberals' controversial health firings remain unanswered: who made the dismissal decisions, and what factors were considered.

This week in labour: Strike with Pride!

Photo: flickr/Nicholas Nico Valenton

It's Pride season! If there is a parade or march in your hometown this month, you'll probably see a few union floats and flags mixed in with all the rainbows.

In recent decades, the labour movement has become increasingly involved in defending the rights of gay, lesbian, queer, and trans workers.

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Watch: The life and death of worker resistance, part 4

Have we forgotten the real war waged on us all? Hint: It rhymes with Napital Prism.

Watch episode four of this series.

For earlier episodes, click here:

Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three

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This week in labour: Lessons in broad-based organizing

Photo: Flickr/The All-Nite Images

Monday, June 15th marked the 25th anniversary of the Justice for Janitors Day campaign.

Initiated by SEIU in Los Angeles, Justice for Janitors is both a union drive and movement that has spread across the US and Canada.

By incorporating unions and community groups to link workers’ rights to other social justice issues like immigration reform, the “J4J” campaign piloted a model of organizing that is being replicated by fast food workers and other broad-based campaigns, like Ontario’s fight for 15 and fairness.  

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Redeye

B.C. appeal court fails to protect collective bargaining

June 17, 2015
| The B.C. government imposed a contract on teachers in 2002 and 2012. B.C. Supreme Court ruled both these actions unconstitutional. Last month, the Court of Appeal overturned the 2012 decision.
Length: 13:18 minutes (12.19 MB)

Demographic shift shows changes in Canada's job market

In the age of globalization, with a shrinking manufacturing industry, teachers, nurses and civil servants are the new faces of labour.

Related rabble.ca story:

Who's unionized? Demographic shift shows changes in the job market

Photo: flickr/K. Kendall

The makeup of Canada's unionized workforce has changed, according to Statistics Canada

For most of the 20th Century, the blue-collar male worker was the face of the labour movement. Machinists, miners, auto-workers, steelworkers, construction workers; your average union member was a man working in a manufacturing or trade industry.

But in the last 25 years, that's changed.

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Asia Pacific Currents

Fire at Kentex footware factory kills more than 70 workers

June 8, 2015
| Interview with Myles Quero from the KMU about the fire at the Kentex footwear factory where 72 workers were murdered.
Length: 29:58 minutes (27.44 MB)
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Majority of world's workers face job insecurity

June 7, 2015
| A recent report by the International Labour Organization finds that the changing nature of employment is contributing to inequality worldwide. Steven Tobin is senior economist with the ILO.
Length: 11:39 minutes (10.68 MB)
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