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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.

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The fight to raise the minimum wage in Ontario

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An unusual local and an unusual lockout?

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| 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)
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Oral histories, labour and feminism in Manitoba

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Scott Price talks about the history of the labour movement and feminist struggle within the labour movement in Manitoba, and about the importance of oral history for social movements.

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Oral histories, labour and feminism in Manitoba

January 8, 2014
| Scott Price talks about the history of the labour movement and feminist struggle within the labour movement in Manitoba, and about the importance of oral history for social movements.
Length: 28:14 minutes (25.85 MB)
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Changing times, changing labour: IAMAW District 78

December 26, 2013
| Lead organizer Scott Jackson talks about how IAMAW District 78 -- historically a manufacturing union -- has refocused its organizing on smaller, non-traditional workplaces.
Length: 28:18 minutes (25.92 MB)
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Economics, labour and the miseducation of Stephen Harper and Tim Hudak

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Tim Hudak is a great example of the damage a good education can do. So is Stephen Harper. Both are products of university economics departments in the late 20th century. Each has a proud MA in the field. Like their American cognate -- Paul Ryan -- they've chosen to implement economic policy with no or little experience in the work world. Hudak worked briefly at a low level for Walmart; almost an internship. Since then -- all politics.

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