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Top four things to watch for from the Canadian Labour Congress Convention

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The Canadian Labour Congress Convention happens only once every three years. It is a rare opportunity for the house of labour to find itself together under one roof.

The CLC Convention kicks off today in Montreal and this year may be one of the most memorable yet. Here are four reasons to keep your eye on the Montreal Convention Centre this week.

 

 

1. Defeating the Conservative agenda will be front and centre

Internally, it is reasonable to expect that labour will always have differences. But the movement as a whole will unify against Conservatives as quickly as Jason Kenney can write a tweet that gets him trouble.

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Unionizing in 2014: Let's stop comparing efforts

Photo: flickr/John MacDonald

Almost every story about the attempt by Unifor to organize two Toyota plants in Cambridge, as well as one in Woodstock, raises the specter of a failed organization drive by United Auto Workers (UAW) at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

However, Cambridge and Woodstock are not Chattanooga.

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Unifor Rights at Work LIVESTREAM

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location

Delta Halifax - Bluenose Ballroom
1990 Barrington Street http://livestream.com/rabbletv
Halifax, NS
Canada
44° 39' 1.6776" N, 63° 34' 32.628" W

How do we defend our Rights at Work?


LIVESTREAM: Wednesday February 26
1pm AT | 12pm ET - livestream.com/rabbletv

Unifor is organizing a series of leadership meetings right across the country – and we will be live streaming our meeting in Halifax on February 26.

Unions exist to make conditions for workers fairer and safer, across all sectors and workplaces.

February 3, 2014 |
“I have been through your plan, and quite simply the numbers just don’t add up,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias wrote in his letter to Hudak today.

President of the OFL talks 'right to work' laws, union attacks and diversity

Photo: OFL Communications

It’s the Friday afternoon on the last day of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) convention and Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, is tired. For a week he’s been leading the convention through its paces, which included a protest to raise the minimum wage and a whole host of eminent speakers, including Maude Barlow and the Official Opposition leader, Thomas Mulcair.

Most significantly, delegates voted to approve a new common front plan that will see the OFL expand its activism outside of its traditional labour scope.

Ryan’s exhaustion is then understandable -- but even after working hard for a week, he’s still ready to talk about labour issues. This is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.

 

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Photo: Lis Bokt/flickr
| November 12, 2013

Ontario's labour plans and 'right to work' laws: Filled with truth, lies or just bullshit?

Recently, the corporate lobby The Fraser Institute issued a "study" advocating that Canada follow low-wage American states like Mississippi and Alabama in passing a law allowing unionized employees to opt out of paying dues for services and benefits provided by a union. To justify this argument, the Institute made the peculiar claim that changing an obscure law on union dues collection would bring billions of dollars of new investment to Ontario! Wow, that’s one powerful little law!

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September 23, 2013 |
Tim Hudak says he wants to ‘modernize' Ontario laws, but rather than taking us into the future his proposals would send us back to the Great Depression.
Missouri rallies against Right to Work & corporate greed. Photo: Jobs with Justi
| September 3, 2013
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