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Pro-worker, anti-racist: The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance

April 15, 2015
| Anna Liu and Patricia Chong talk about fighting racism in the labour movement, building labour presence in Asian communities, and working for social justice for all.
Length: 28:22 minutes (25.98 MB)
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The life of a union man: Tales from Down East

Photo: Dennis Jarvis/flickr

Though I was born in Toronto, I have spent much of my life in the Maritimes and have retired to Prince Edward Island. Now when Canadians elsewhere think of Prince Edward Island, they most likely think of Anne of Green Gables, potatoes, or the meeting of the Fathers of Confederation. But behind those bucolic images resided working women and men. I have always been a union man and have worked with a variety of labour organizations from my IBEW local on Prince Edward Island to the Canadian Labour Congress.

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The world's first union for harm reduction workers

January 7, 2015
| Zoë Dodd and Peter Leslie talk about the organizing involved in the new Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union.
Length: 28:30 minutes (26.1 MB)
| December 31, 2014

Lockout ends but pension troubles continue for Saskatoon transit workers

Photo: Amalgamated Transit Union

330 transit workers returned to work on Monday, after a month-long lock out by their employer, the City of Saskatoon. 

The City announced on Saturday that it would rescind its second lock out order after the City Council vetoed the order. The first lock out order was issued to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615, deemed illegal by the Saskatchewan Labour Board on September 20th. 

The lock out was issued after the union refused to make concessions on their pension plan that would have meant major reductions in benefits for future transit workers. Other unions have been forced to accept concessions by the City, but the Amalgamated Transit Union is one of the last holdouts against a two-tiered pension plan.

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Video: Why aren't North American workers more militant?

Union activists Bill Fletcher Jr. and Sam Ginden discuss the weakening of the workers movement and what needs to happen next in part two of this May 1 series.

Check out more videos at The Real News Network.

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The fight to raise the minimum wage in Ontario

April 30, 2014
| Sonia Singh and Anthony Tambureno talk about the province-wide struggle to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to a living wage of $14/hour.
Length: 28:34 minutes (26.16 MB)
Photo: Javier Corbo/flickr
| April 28, 2014
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An unusual local and an unusual lockout?

March 12, 2014
| Saira Chhibber talks about her local, CUPE 1281, and about a recently ended lockout of some of its members.
Length: 28:26 minutes (26.04 MB)
Photo: philippe leroyer/flickr
| February 21, 2014
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