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Over 200 shipyard employees in Halifax walked off the job yesterday to protest alleged bullying by their employer.
CBC news reported that the workers at Irving Shipyards decided to protest after the suicide of a suspended worker earlier in the week. The deceased, who has not been named, was suspended after a disagreement over how to build staging. Some of the workers believe the suspension may be connected with the worker's decision to commit suicide.
At the recent Convention of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, delegates heard Ed Broadbent speak on "Equality and the Importance of Unions," and we wanted to find out what their unions had meant to them. This column is the first of a series based on interviews at the convention.
Joyce Kerr and Mary Riddell are both retired hospital employees from the Greater Toronto area and members of the Service Employees International Union Retirees Committee. They both knew from personal experience the difference that having a union made in their lives.
Richtree Market Restaurant closed its restaurant in the Eaton Centre and severed all of its unionized workers. Many had worked at Richtree for more than 20 years. Shortly after Richtree reopened a few feet away and hired all new workers, and a provocateur union breaking security firm out of the U.S. But when it comes to Richtree's business, it ain't cha-ching, it's either the sounds of protest, or chirping crickets....
Minimum wage jobs are not only for the after-school crowd of kids looking for spending money, but also an entry into the workforce for immigrants, recent graduates and many others who can only find part-time work and need to hold down two or three jobs to survive.
The most recent Statistics Canada job market figures say 70 per cent of Ontario's 44,000 new jobs created in August are part-time and mostly filled by older workers. It's also a safe bet they are mostly paid at minimum wage.
Another Labour Day has passed. Parents of young children know it as the day to get kids ready for school. Those without young kids may think of it as the last holiday of summer. But for retirees this year it was a time to reflect on what they achieved together, achievements now under attack at every turn.