Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – Owen Jones highlights the need for social democratic parties to present a real popular alternative to neoliberal government, and offers his suggestions as to how UK Labour can accomplish that: Political leadership means saying, here’s what’s wrong with society, here’s what our vision of what society is instead, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Fight Between PSWs, Clients and Agency Service Providers Spells Trouble For All

Over the years, our family has relied on the help, friendship and dedication of personal support workers, both for our son Nicholas and more recently for my mother who needs assistance due to her age.  These support workers worked part-time for low wages.  More often than not, they were women who were immigrants with skillsets ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian workers have a constitutional right to strike: Supreme Court

In a recent 5-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that Canadian workers have a constitutional right to engage in strike action. The post Canadian workers have a constitutional right to strike: Supreme Court appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

RedBedHead: Norm Kelly v Rob Ford: The Right Wing Mayor Is Dead. Long Live The Right Wing Mayor!

Happier days for the populist right Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos ...

RedBedHead: Norm Kelly v Rob Ford: The Right Wing Mayor Is Dead. Long Live The Right Wing Mayor!

Happier days for the populist right Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Thomas Mulcair speaks to the CUPE 50th Anniversary National Convention

http://new.livestream.com/cupescfp/convention-2013/videos/32856759

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Thomas Mulcair speaks to the CUPE 50th Anniversary National Convention

http://new.livestream.com/cupescfp/convention-2013/videos/32856759

The Canadian Progressive: Air Canada should cancel request for Transport Canada exemption: CUPE

by: CUPE | Press Release: Ottawa, July 12, 2013 – As more details emerge following Asiana flight 214’s tragic crash in San Francisco on Saturday July 6th, CUPE flight attendants are hoping that Air Canada learns from the flight attendant ratio on the airplane at the time of the accident. The rapid actions taken by the ...

The Canadian Progressive: CUPE: B.C. school support staff layoffs “devastating”

By: CUPE | Press Release NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Education workers and students are paying the price for ballooning deficits in Coquitlam and New Westminster. The districts have announced layoffs of CUPE support staff that the union says will severely affect the quality and even safety of education and services. A $12.6-million deficient in Coquitlam brought the ...

Left Over: Strength in Numbers, or Just Numb?

Unifor: CAW, CEP Merger Creates Largest Private-Sector Union In Canada Posted: 05/30/2013 11:59 am EDT  |  Updated: 05/30/2013 5:12 pm EDT Considering that CUPE, the largest public sector union, seems to be powerless when it really matters, I’m not sure what difference this is going to make to the private sector…the same things apply to both sectors – if ...

The Canadian Progressive: No tolerance for resident abuse in long-term care homes, says CUPE

By: CUPE | Press Release: A hidden-camera video leaked to media and ensuing allegations of resident abuse at a Peterborough area long-term care home are “extremely disconcerting,” says the union representing front-line staff. It appears that the hidden-camera video clips leaked today to Peterborough media were taken without the knowledge of the nursing home administration, residents’ ...

Politics and Entertainment: organized labour is the only potential political force with enough critical mass & enough organizational capability to get things moving.

Here’s my take on the May Day CUPE Sponsored Workshops in Ottawa  on Saturday, the 27th of April: It was an interesting affair for its lamentations and the myriad problems it laid forth with little emerging by way of tactics, however, and certainly no overall strategy. Unions can’t even wrestle concentrated concern from their members, it would seem, ...

The Canadian Progressive: CUPE Day of Mourning reminder of fight for safer work places

By: Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE): April 28 is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. CUPE will honour these workers who have lost their lives or been injured at work, in special ceremonies across the country. WHO: Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union […] The post CUPE Day ...

The Canadian Progressive: CUPE: “We cannot and will not let Stephen Harper silence our voice”

“We cannot and will not let Stephen Harper silence our voice and we will not accept any form of right to work legislation.” by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) | Feb. 6, 2013: At its first national bargaining conference the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) promised to fight against attacks on workers from any level of ...

The Canadian Progressive: In B.C., more than 200 community living workers go on strike today

More than 200 community living workers in the Kootenays and Salmon Arm to go on strike starting on Thursday, January 31.  by CUPE British Columbia | Jan. 30, 2013: VANCOUVER, B.C. – Community Living workers who support people with developmental disabilities at agencies in Trail, Castlegar, Creston, and Salmon Arm will be on strike on Thursday, January 31. ...

Politics, Re-Spun: To my friends at SFU – a message about the strikes

To my APSA, TSSU, and SFUFA friends at SFU: Today, CUPE 3338 is picketing Burnaby Mountain. They’re doing so because they’ve been trying to bargain with SFU for two years, with not much success. They’re picketing because they feel they deserve a fair collective agreement, and they see no other way to put pressure on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend. – For those wondering where progressive leaders are going with their policy proposals, the last week offered a couple of noteworthy examples. At home, Tom Mulcair’s Canadian Club speech commented on the importance of real roles for the government and the public in making economic decisions: A thriving private ...

OPSEU Diablogue: PSW Registry – Many issues unresolved despite impending deadline

As the deadline approaches for home care personal support workers to register with the government’s new PSW Registry, key issues remain up in the air and are unlikely to be resolved soon. PSWs may very well ask what they are registering … Continue reading →

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CANADIAN POLITICS QUÉBEC: POLITICIANS LEAD CHARGE AGAINST PENSIONS IN QUÉBEC: It seems that in almost all countries there is a concerted effort to deny workers the pension benefits that they have worked and struggled for. Canada is, of course, no different, and the following open letter from the Canadian Union Of Public Employees (CUPE) speaks ...

Canadian Progressive World: New study dispels myths about public sector pay

OTTAWA – December 14, 2011: There is no evidence the average pay of public sector workers in Canada is consistently higher than comparable occupations in the private sector, reports a new study released today by the …Read More

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Creating a Culture of Fear in the Public Service

If you had to choose one word to describe how Stephen Harper runs his government, it would be a toss up between control and fear, though both go hand in hand. His tight fisted control creates a culture of fear, and he uses his PMO to keep everyone in his government afraid. Dean Del Mastro says ...

Well, Lisa, Just How ‘Sexy’ Were You For the Canadian Industrial Relations Board?

Yeah, I know, cheesy title. Save it. Lisa Raitt’s a aging tart, I can’t do anything to change that. Something about her will perhaps turn me into a female center-left version of Don Cherry, with a better taste in clothes–they’re all black. Something about her just brings out the vulgar language out of me. I ...

And Here We Go Again! Lisa ‘I’m Too Sexy For The Proletariat’ Raitt Is Mad And She Ain’t a Takin’ It No More! Part D’Uh!

Yep, Dear Lisa is busy sharpening her claws and no doubt finding ‘sexy’ ways to stamp on workers, yet again, boys ‘n’ girls, and this time, it’s Air Canada Flight attendants. Flight attendants, who are represented by CUPE, have voted to reject the latest deal negotiated between CUPE and management. Interesting twist. What went wrong? ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your midweek reading. – Erin compares the stimulative effects of Ontario’s election platforms: A multiplier is the amount by which a dollar of budgetary outlay increases Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The federal Department of Finance estimates multipliers of 1.3 for public expenditure, 0.9 for personal tax cuts and 0.2 for corporate tax ...

Accidental Deliberations: On devolution

It remains to be seen exactly how much discussion of social policy will move from the federal level to the provincial one as Canadian civil society adjusts to a Harper majority. But I’m not sure a signal that the action is going to be at the provincial level can get much stronger than this.