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Not Rex: Adios Aveos

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Employees of Aveos were left holding the bag after the company shut down last week.

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Workers at Ottawa's Salvation Army shelter ask for a living wage

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Workers at Ottawa's Salvation Army shelter say it is increasingly difficult to work for poverty wages.

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Then and now: Shining a light on labour struggles

On travels this summer, I went to Rochester, NY, which was the home of the Eastman Kodak operation. I visited the Eastman Museum which featured a large exhibit of the photographs of Lewis Hine. While you may not immediately recognize his name, you likely have seen his iconic photographs, especially those dealing with child labour. Life magazine deemed his photograph of the Pennsylvanian breaker boys to be one of the "100 photographs that changed the world." His photographs of young girls working in cotton mills still have the power to move your heart a century later.

What issues are most important to labour leaders this Ontario election?

With the Ontario election around the corner, we want to know what issues labour leaders are most concerned about!

Check out this video to hear what issues are affecting workers' rights.

Fighting for garment workers' rights in the wake of Rana Plaza

Photo: Randy Kitts

Kalpona Akter was 12 when she went to work in one of Bangladesh's garment factories. She worked almost all day, only taking breaks to sleep in the factory. 

One day, a fire broke out several floors down from the one she was working on. Her boss wouldn't let her leave at first, claiming that the fire wouldn't spread to other floors. After an hour, they finally opened a staircase -- only one, because management was scared that the employees would steal the clothes they were making. 

Enraged by what she saw, she eventually turned her anger into passion and organizing. She was the head of Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity by the time the collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar would make the news. 


Canadian Labour Congress 27th Convention

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 9:00am - Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:00am


Palais des Congrès de Montréal
201 avenue Viger Ouest
Montreal, QC
45° 30' 19.836" N, 73° 33' 39.1176" W

The 27th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress will be held from Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, 201 avenue Viger Ouest, Montréal (Québec).

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Canadian Association of Labour Media Conference

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:00pm - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:00pm


McGill University Montreal, QC
45° 30' 31.212" N, 73° 33' 14.3748" W

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Our annual media conference at McGill University is THE place to be for labour communicators, activists and allies who want to persuade and inspire, learn and teach media and communications skills, and connect with the most media savvy communicators in Canada today.

The conference includes dozens of skills workshops led by Canada's leading media experts, networking opportunities, key note presentations, and strategy sessions.  Registration also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

See you at McGill University S.S.M.U. Building , 3600 rue McTavish, Montreal, Quebec on May 1-3.


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Union members from several countries attended the meeting to seek answers for labour troubles at several of Crown’s global operations.
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