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It's that time of the week. You're looking back, wondering what the heck happened in the labour movement. Never fear, rabble.ca's labour coverage is here for you.

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Teacher strike
| February 12, 2015
| February 12, 2015

How will Canada's labour movement stop Harper this election?

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Between 500 and 600 union activists met in Toronto this weekend to talk strategy for the upcoming federal election.

Similar events are being hosted across the country as part of the Canadian Labour Congress' (CLC) election preparedness campaign.

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Asia Pacific Currents

The strengths and weaknesses of the Indonesian workers movement

February 9, 2015
| Interview with Max Lane, lecturer at Victoria University, on the Indonesian workers movement, and update on labour issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Length: 29:17 minutes (13.41 MB)

What has the labour movement done this week? Lots.

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The country is big and the struggles are diverse! Not knowing what's happening -- what could be worse?

How better to capture the goings-on in the Canadian labour movement than with a handy links round-up. In no particular order, here's a quick rundown of some of the labour movement news across Canada:

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Saskatchewan can expect to suffer after hospital laundry privatization

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A new CCPA Saskatchewan report by University of Winnipeg economists concludes that privatizing provincial laundry services may garner some short-term savings but at long-term costs.

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Freelancers fighting full copyright claim by non-profit media company

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A small group of freelance radio journalists are in a stand-off with a non-profit media company that has asked them to give up full copyright in a new contract.

The freelancers allege that AMI Accessible Media Inc., a Toronto-based news organization that produces content for the blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, has changed the terms of a new contract so that they will own full copyright to stories -- including raw material like the audio interviews and research notes.

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Supreme Court upholds right to strike: A major win for workers

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Saskatchewan public sector workers have won back the right to strike.

In a 5-2 majority, the Court deemed that the essential service law, which prevents public sector employees from striking, violates section 2(d) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects freedom of association.

The Court has given Saskatchewan one year to enact new legislation.

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Laid off Target employees to get 16 weeks of pay? It's complicated.

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As Canada faces the biggest private-sector closure in recent history, the terms of severance are still to be determined for 17,600 Target workers who will soon be out of a job.

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