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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.
November 25-29 marked the 12th biennial Ontario Federation of Labour convention. It was marked by what many unions hope is a new spirit -- one that encompasses widespread social change. To that end, many delegates quickly noted that panels that normally would have been held in the evening were instead held during the day, with all 1,200 delegates present.
rabble.ca was at the convention. We've collected some of our favourite tweets here.
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.