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Lynn Williams, first Canadian to be International President of the United Steelworkers, has died at 89. is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of influential labour activist Lynn Williams. Williams died on May 5, 2014. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow workers during this difficult time.

Lynn Williams was one of the most influential North American union leaders of the twentieth century. He was the first Canadian to become International President of the United Steelworkers, where he brought innovative leadership in bargaining and a structural readjustment of the North American steel industry during its most turbulent period, the 1980s and 1990s.


Canadian Association of Labour Media Conference

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:00pm - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:00pm


McGill University Montreal, QC
45° 30' 31.212" N, 73° 33' 14.3748" W

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Our annual media conference at McGill University is THE place to be for labour communicators, activists and allies who want to persuade and inspire, learn and teach media and communications skills, and connect with the most media savvy communicators in Canada today.

The conference includes dozens of skills workshops led by Canada's leading media experts, networking opportunities, key note presentations, and strategy sessions.  Registration also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

See you at McGill University S.S.M.U. Building , 3600 rue McTavish, Montreal, Quebec on May 1-3.



The global reach of temporary foreign worker policies

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There used to be another word for temporary foreign workers. They were called immigrants. They did jobs that, we're told, Canadians now don't want to do. That included mining, assembly-line manufacturing, construction and cleaning. They did them with relative verve because they were en route to being Canadians and so were their kids -- especially the kids.

Introducing... UP! Canadian labour rising


I sometimes feel as if "the Left," that massive catchall term for a group that's meant to encompass everyone who isn't a heartless, tax-hating, business-loving earth killer, is standing along the shore of the ocean. Together, we look outward trying to see the other side, but we are knocked down, again and again, by massive waves.

Whether we think we can withstand the waves or stop the waves simply by our presence doesn't matter. We keep getting knocked down, standing back up and getting knocked down again.

All the energy it takes to get up again and again makes it impossible for us to see the boat that's just to our left.


Let's celebrate May Day

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May Day, also known as International Workers Day, is an international workers' holiday that celebrates the achievements of the labour movement.

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Four reasons why shutting down TFWP is no solution

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At a time when all provinces are cutting resources from departments responsible for keeping corporations in check, it's not about abolishing the TFWP, it's about ensuring labour protection for all.

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CLC Executive Vice-President alleges abuse and sexism

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A member of the Canadian Labour Congress's (CLC) national executive has made allegations of abuse and sexism within the organization.

Marie Clarke Walker, the national Executive Vice-President of the CLC, confirmed to rabble that on April 23 she presented an open letter to the executives of the CLC and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) that outlined a number of grievances against CLC President Ken Georgetti.


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