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wmtc: from the front lines, day 18 (we have a deal!)

The Strike Is Over – We Have A Deal!The Bargaining Team is very pleased to announce that we have reached a settlement! This is a “tentative settlement,” pending ratification by our members, then the Library Board, and Council. The Bargaining Team is ve… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 18 (we have a deal!)

wmtc: from the front line, day 17

I am very pleased to announce that we had an encouraging afternoon at the table — enough that we are meeting again tomorrow. So finally, something hopeful to report.Maureen O’Reilly, President of 4948, TPL Workers Union, and Fred Hahn, President of CU… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front line, day 17

wmtc: from the front lines, day 16

Picketing TodayI received great reports from our members who said Good Morning at the executive garage. Picketing at Central in general is going very well. Don’t forget to make leafletting and speaking to the public your top priority.In addition, we hi… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 16

wmtc: from the front lines, day 15

Libraries Rock!What can you say when 50 schoolkids march to your picket line holding signs they made to support us, chanting “Kids Say: “LIBRARIES ROCK!”??? What a day!The Dufferin-Bloor Hub camp does one social justice lesson each summer, and this sum… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 15

wmtc: from the front lines, day 13

We spent more time in the community this week, speaking to Mississauga residents about our cause, and giving the gift of free storytimes. Here are some reports.Malton”I had a customer tell me yesterday that he calls 3-1-1 everyday to find out when the … . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 13

wmtc: from the front lines, day 12

While Ribfest took over Celebration Square, CUPE 1989 members had another satisfying day in our communities. The managers that the City has assigned to “monitor” us (their word) and the special outside security detail came along for the ride. Because, … . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 12

wmtc: from the front lines, day 11

On Thursday, striking Mississauga library workers visited various branches in the system to talk with members of the community. Here are some reports and pictures.Clarkson”Our group was quite small, but had a big impact. We saw many patrons that a… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 11

wmtc: from the front lines, day 10

Five of our members reported on the early-morning disruption of traffic coming into the parking garages!Report #1:As we were picketing the entrance to the Civic Center parking garage this morning, word came down that Library Director Rose Vespa was spo… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day 10

wmtc: from the front lines, day nine

We had quite an eventful day!1989 making noise!!!The cacerolazo was awesome! We had so much fun banging and honking and marching. We were loud and proud — and you know our Employer was listening! Thanks to everyone who helped make this special af… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day nine

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight (signs!)

wmtc: from the front lines, day eight

Another amazing day! . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day eight

wmtc: from the front lines, day five

I have been staring at my computer screen, trying to figure out how to describe the amazing day we had, and how to express my feelings about what we’re creating together. Not an easy task.Plus, you all keep posting awesome pics and vids to Facebook and… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day five

wmtc: from the front lines, day four

Every day, more and more members are coming out on the line!At least 250 people were at Thursday’s morning rally and lunch-time barbecue with CUPE Ontario. Spirits were very high, and we were NOISY!We were joined by members of many other unions:- Ryan … . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day four

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Feeling the Bern-Out? Feel the Movement

To put it briefly, it’s the movement that matters. The office of the President is secondary to the movement, and almost, but not quite, peripheral. Winning the presidency is significant. It can be a rallying point which inspires the people to further… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Feeling the Bern-Out? Feel the Movement

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Death of the Democratic Party

  Let’s start with some basic facts about Hillary Clinton, the darling of Wall Street and the Democratic party establishment, and why her credibility is both threadbare, and also collapsing. From there, after establishing a basic reality check, … . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Death of the Democratic Party

wmtc: from the front lines, day three

Here are some highlights of the incredible support our strike action is generating:1 – A customer called this morning. “Good morning, I am a library patron, just calling to say we support you. It is so hot today, would a donation of water be acceptable… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day three

wmtc: from the front lines, day two

We had another great turnout on Tuesday. When I arrived at 8:30 AM, there were already 100 people making noise at our favourite corner, and another 40-50 waiting to sign in.So what did we learn today…?The labour community rocks!Folks from the Ontario… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day two

wmtc: from the front lines, day one

About 200 of us were on the picket lines today. Despite the blazing temperatures, our spirits were high. We waved our signs and our flags, showing our pride to every passerby.MediaI did interviews with the Toronto Star, CBC (we were at 6:00 PM), CTV, C… . . . → Read More: wmtc: from the front lines, day one

wmtc: mississauga library workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

Yesterday, the members of CUPE Local 1989, Mississauga Library Workers Union, voted overwhelmingly to strike. Amid massive turnout in three separate meetings, 96% of the members in attendance said they are willing to take strike action in order to win … . . . → Read More: wmtc: mississauga library workers vote overwhelmingly to strike

wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

What it takes to be an effective activist:1. Hopefulness2. Persistence, perseverance3. Reliability4. Enjoyment of teamwork5. Willingness to take direction from others6. Willingness to make space and time in your life for your cause7. Good listening ski… . . . → Read More: wmtc: we still like lists: recipe for effective activism

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Neil Irwin writes about the White House Council of Economic Advisers’ study of employment policy which found that superior protections for workers (rather than the undermining of employment standards in the name… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

Brigette DePape was right when she vowed that “despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming” during the 2015 federal election. Elections Canada’s 2015 National Youth… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a strang… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

The Canadian Progressive: Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

The late Muhammad Ali “was much bigger than boxing. He came, from the late 1960s onwards, to symbolise resistance to racism, militarism and inequality.” The post Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists appeared firs… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Muhammad Ali rewrote the rule book for athletes as celebrities and activists

A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

It’s not my country, but what happens in America affect the world. And we’re right next door. The Left Forum had a panel discussion a couple weeks ago with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, and Jill Stein, chaired by Linda Thompson, that’s worth… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils