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How to drink beer and support striking workers too

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For social justice-minded people, it can be hard to navigate the ethical landmines in todays consumer markets. Should you buy local or organic? Fair trade, union made or sustainably packaged? Ideally, you want all those qualities rolled into every product, but it's not always that simple.

So let's start where it matters most: Beer.

Here we go, with three easy steps.

1. Buy bottles, not cans

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The Target diaries: The official 'End of Life' letter

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Canada is facing the biggest private-sector closure in recent history, and 17,600 Target workers will soon be out of a job. An employee of Target Canada is documenting the last days of work at the store during its liquidation.

I quickened my casual stride to stand beside my work colleague and friend. One of her hands clung to her husband's and the other rubbed gently on their young son's tiny fingers. I could sense that she had something to tell me. 

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| February 17, 2015

Last-minute negotiations end strikes at CP Rail

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Canadian Pacific (CP) Rail has been pulled back from the brink of major labour unrest, after reaching tentative resolutions with two unions.

Unifor and Teamsters Canada, the unions that represent workers at CP, were both engaged in heated negotiations with the railway company. Contracts with both unions had expired on December 31, 2014.

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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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| 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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