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Rae days reboot from the Saskatchewan government

This will be an interesting debate. The Rae days that the Conservatives and the unions railed against in Ontario are now the model (with no credit given) for the austerity policy of the Sask. government.

The argument is that it is temporary and prevents the alternative layoffs.

We have heard this before.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-government-unpaid-leave-...

 

The policy was very unpopular here -- in part becuase of the way it was imposed. However, if you are making cuts it can be argued that it is a better way to do it. And I never did disagree with the mechanism. Unions as well have agreed to other kinds of job sharing arrangments to avoid cuts.

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Sears destroys unsold merchandise

A woman in Joliette, a town northeast of Montréal, found hundreds of garments that seem to have been deliberately slashed before they were discarded in the refuse bins of the local Sears store. There were also strolllers and baby seats whose dates had not expired. http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/488141/chez-sears-... Other chains in Québec, including Yellow, Garage and Reitmans, have also been found committing such deeds.

By the way, none of these chains are particularly "prestigious" or "high-end". On the contrary.

This is shocking and should be illegal. It is environmentally wasteful and deprives people who need clothing of wearable garments.

 

 

 

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Solidarity is a dead horse

Just when one thought the union movement could not make itself any less relevant you get stories like this.

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The BC Nurses Union plans to lock out its administrative employees this Friday in order to force them into accepting a contract that attacks their sick and medical appointment leave.

The BCNU has demanded concessions and refused to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its employees, who are MoveUP members,” said MoveUP President David Black. “This is an employer that represents health care workers and they are trying to claw back their own employees’ access to medical appointments.”

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Quantative Easing: Threat or Menace?

This is the continuation of a discussion that started in the Jeremy Corbyn thread. Rather than start it with my own post, I'll  begin by quoting sherpa-finn, who brought it into the other thread. The very first part of his post, highlighted in bold italics is a comment I made.

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"Quantitative easing is quantitative easing, and that's a pig that looks no better with lipstick."

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Quantative Easing: Threat or Menace?

This is the continuation of a discussion that started in the Jeremy Corbyn thread. Rather than start it with my own post, I'll  begin by quoting sherpa-finn, who brought it into the other thread. The very first part of his post, highlighted in bold italics is a comment I made.

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"Quantitative easing is quantitative easing, and that's a pig that looks no better with lipstick."

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Labour Commons Union and Systematic Work Reduction

Labour Commons Union and Systematic Work Time Reduction

“The narrative maintains that a policy of work time regulation is a superior way of achieving greater socioeconomic participation than competing full-employment plans – such as job or income guarantees – that rely on greater economic growth and the creation of more employment hours in the aggregate.  Since a truly sustainable employment policy will need to alter the existing distribution of social labors as well as the social psychology of economic gain, an hours-based regulation of the labor market is the most appropriate way to promote greater harmony between lives and livelihoods.” (Robert LaJeunesse)

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