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Workers in Turkey fighting on many fronts

November 21, 2014
| Labour news from Cambodia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and Bangladesh. Interview on the issues facing workers in Turkey and the war in Syria and Iraq.
Length: 28:57 minutes (13.26 MB)

Here's how to shift culture and reduce harassment

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So here were are, in the midst of a continuing national conversation about sexual harassment, domestic violence and consent.

Some of the most shocking revelations about the Ghomeshi case include the admission made by several CBC employees that the toxic work environment at Q made it possible for Ghomeshi to act with impunity. Some of Ghomeshi's co-workers at Q have even claimed that they knew about what was happening but felt powerless to stop it.

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Union vows to campaign against Harper

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The union that represents professional public sector employees announced that it will deviate from its long-held policy of neutrality to oppose Harper in the upcoming federal elections.

In a special statement released last week, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) board of directors declared that Harper's policies have created "an exceptional circumstance that requires an exceptional response."

PIPSC represents most of the federal government's scientists as well as other professionals, who have been deeply affected by research cutbacks made by the Conservative government.

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Telecommunication Union to merge with Steelworkers

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November 7th, members of the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) voted 73.7 per cent in favour of joining the United Steelworkers (USW).

As North America's largest private sector union, with more than 225,000 Canadian members, the USW has a lot to offer the substantially smaller TWU, which represents 12,000 telecommunication workers from across Canada.

"In the end we interviewed 4 different unions and the committee they presented to ultimately unanimously recommended the United Steelworkers," said TWU President Lee Riggs. "This merger will help us improve the working lives of our members."

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Exit interview: Jim Sinclair talks past, present, and future of the labour movement

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Although he was born in Toronto, Jim Sinclair has all the credentials of a B.C. union heavyweight.

Sinclair began his working career as a journalist in both radio and print, and eventually joined the United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union -- a union known for its long history of radical politics and radical organizing. There, he served as an associate editor at the Fisherman's Newspaper. He became Health and Safety Director and then staff rep. In his final 8 years with the Fisherman, Sinclair served as the elected leader of the union before being elected president of the BC Federation of Labour in 1999. Sinclair’s journalistic legacy is the contribution he made to the creation of the BC news site The Tyee in 2003. 

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Hundreds of Seneca College faculty to lose job security

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Hundreds of Seneca College teachers may lose their jobs or have them downgraded to non-union positions this January.

As the college proceeds with cuts, hundreds of "partial load" unionized jobs will be replaced with non-unionized part-time positions. Part-time faculty do not have office hours, are not paid for student contact time, and often work two or three jobs to make ends meet.

"English and liberal studies have been especially hard hit," said OPSEU Local 560 President Jonathan Singer, "but there are drastic cuts across the board."

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Bill 18 passes: Ontario's minimum wage pegged to cost of living

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Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is celebrating a step on the way to full rights for workers in precarious jobs.

Today Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, passed its third reading at Queen's Park in Ontario. The legislation will:

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Kshama Sawant on why Seattle voters elected a socialist

November 5, 2014
| Socialist Kshama Sawant ran for a seat on city council in Seattle with a campaign promise to introduce a minimum wage of $15, more than double the federal rate.
Length: 33:57 minutes (31.09 MB)
Asia Pacific Currents

Deregulation of New Zealand's education sector

November 1, 2014
| Labour news from the Asia Pacific region, including extended commentary on Iraq and an interview about deregulation of education in New Zealand.
Length: 25:25 minutes (11.64 MB)

Canada loses to Mexico: Was Ford ever planning to invest in Windsor?

Photo: Shawn Micallef

After months of discussion with the Ontario and Federal governments, Ford Motor Co. has decided to take its engine investment elsewhere.

The global engine deal would have brought roughly $2 billion of investment to manufacture 1.5 and 1.6 Litre engines. It would also have created over 900 jobs and secured the future of engine manufacturing in Ontario for the next decade.

Speaking to CBC's Amanda Lang, Unifor president Jerry Dias explained that the contract was originally slated for Mexico, but that the Union and the province were hoping to bring the contract north.

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