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| April 10, 2014
Asia Pacific Currents

Organizing transport workers in Hong Kong

April 5, 2014
| An interview with Lam, a delegate from the Bus Workers Union Hong Kong, who was at the Australian Council of Trade Unions' conference.
Length: 29:22 minutes (26.89 MB)

Ecology as Politics: The Origins of Ecosocialism

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:30pm

Location

CSI Annex, Room 1
720 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 47.862" N, 79° 24' 38.1816" W

The sources for eco-socialism are many but Andre Gorz's Ecology as Politics remains one of the most important texts. It first connected the ecological movement to larger struggles of the labour and socialist movements. He began to develop these themes in his strategic interventions for ‘Reform and Revolution’ where he made the case for ‘structural reforms’ that would win gains within capitalism but also carry an anti-capitalist logic.

Unifor withdraws Toyota certification after true worker numbers revealed

image: courtesy of Unifor
Unifor announced late Thursday that they are withdrawing their certification application to become the bargaining agents for Toyota plants in Ontario after employee numbers exceed predictions.

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Unifor withdraws Toyota certification after underestimating worker numbers

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Unifor has a hit a speed bump on its road to organizing three Toyota plants in Ontario.

The union's top brass announced late Thursday that they are withdrawing their certification application to become the bargaining agents for plants in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, after employee lists released by Toyota showed that there are 1,000 more employees in the potential bargaining unit than Unifor had predicted. 

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Unifor outlines priorities of 1,000 surveyed Toyota workers

image: flickr/Alan Cleaver
As Toyota workers in Cambridge and Woodstock prepare to vote on whether to certify Unifor as their union, Unifor hints at what might be in a collective agreement if the workers choose to unionize.

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Pre-vote, Unifor outlines priorities of 1,000 surveyed Toyota workers

image: flickr/Alan Cleaver

As Toyota workers in Cambridge and Woodstock prepare to vote on whether to certify Unifor as their union, Unifor is hinting at what might be included in a collective agreement if the workers choose to unionize.

On Tuesday, Unifor released a new charter outlining the top priorities of almost 1,000 workers surveyed during the organizing drive and how Unifor plans to address their concerns.

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Worker deaths prompt call for better safety standards in unscripted TV sector

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Sarah Jones, a young camera assistant, died on the film set of "Midnight Ryder" in Georgia this year. My brother, John Driftmier, died while filming the Discovery Channel show "Dangerous Flights: Season 2" in February 2013. Two weeks before his death, a cast member, a cameraman and a pilot all died in a helicopter crash while filming an unnamed production for Discovery Channel in Acton, California.

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Will they unionize? Unifor kicks off voting process at Toyota

image: courtesy of Unifor

After months of organizing, today Unifor announced it has officially filed to be the certified bargaining agent of Toyota workers at two plants in Cambridge and one plant in Woodstock, Ontario.

Workers will vote next week on whether they want Unifor to represent them as a bargaining agent. Should the vote pass, the three plants would become the first organized Toyota plants in North America. 

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Asia Pacific Currents

Thailand's Red Shirts to come out against fascism and military coup

March 29, 2014
| This episode of Asia Pacific Currents features an interview with 'Tony,' a community activist living in Thailand, about the political instability in Thailand.
Length: 31:03 minutes (14.22 MB)
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