500 Sears Canada warehouse employees remain on the picket lines after being locked out of their Vaughn, Ontario workplace in April.
Video by Humberto DaSilva.
On July 22, hotel workers in 15 cities across North America gathered to protest Hyatt Corporation. In Vancouver, 600 hotel workers and supporters shut down the street in front of the Hyatt Hotel. Hyatt is a $5.5 billion company, owned by one of the 10 richest families in the world. Despite increasing profits, Hyatt continues to cut hours and increase workload for hotel workers. Hotel workers are fighting back.
Most Americans do not know it. When they hear it, many people do not believe it. Since the early 1980s, in the U.S., most income gains have gone to the top one per cent of income earners. From 2002-07, two-thirds of new income went to one per cent of Americans.
Going back further to measure the period from 1993 to 2008 and comparing, one-half of new income had gone to one per cent of Americans -- with 99 per cent of U.S. residents getting the same increase in income as the top one per cent (defined as those earning over $308,000 in 2008).
Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney continues to set up new discriminatory hurdles for today's immigrants.
One of the wonderful things about being away from the usual grind for a few months, is that I get to engage in this unusual activity called picking up a book and actually reading it. What a concept! It doesn't happen much in the normal day-to-day life of CAW economist, engaged citizen, and co-parent of two lovelies. But it does happen while I'm on leave (I have a "4-over-5″ deferred salary leave plan, where I work for 80 per cent of my pay but get 20 per cent of my time off. It's wonderful!)