Canadians are healthier, and live longer, than Americans -- and we pay considerably less for the privilege. So it rankles to see private health lobbyists taking such far-fetched potshots at our cheaper, fairer system.
IMAGINE A WORLD where thousands of films are made about workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives!
2009 will mark the first-ever Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). This will also mark the first ever labour-oriented film festival in Canada.
The world of labour has found it increasingly difficult to communicate its message as fewer and fewer people have greater control over the means of communication - the media.
It is more important than ever that working people be able to tell their own stories in their own words and in their own images.
We are coming together to build a green movement for all across Greater Toronto with good jobs, equity and social justice, and environmental sustainability.
On Saturday, October 24 Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1724 -- representing 500 drivers throughout the Lower Mainland operating HandyDart, a specialized bus service for people with disabilities -- held a rally of approximately 300 drivers, riders and supporters in Burnaby, British Columbia. The rally announced a strike that began October 26.
When Canada’s largest media conglomerate filed for court protection against creditors for a portion of the company on Oct. 6, 2009, dozens of recently laid-off employees learned they would lose promised severance pay.
For Pat Vanderburg, who has worked for CHBC TV in Kelowna, B.C. for the past 23 years, this will amount to a loss of over $95,000.
About 80 non-union retirees will lose promised Canwest-paid medical, dental and life insurance benefits. In addition, 120 former employees are facing reduced pensions.
The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Ford Motor Company have been engaged in contract talks, scheduled to resume formally on October 26. Ford is demanding that the union give up the same package of concessions that workers at GM and Chrysler gave up last spring, as part of the conditions of those companies receiving government aid. The union is demanding that Ford commit to maintain a specific proportion of investment in Canada as a condition of agreeing to concessions.
Unions are stuck in a rut that seems to be getting deeper every day. We are losing members to layoffs, plant shutdowns and to bankruptcies that are the result of a worldwide financial crisis. Our membership and influence are shrinking at exactly the moment when union power is needed to protect millions of workers from wage rollbacks, outsourcing, unemployment and the devastation of entire communities dependent on single industries.