cmkl: Dear Canada Post, settle. Don’t be as stupid as I know you can be

Wherein I plead with Canada Post to do the sensible thing and settle. As if corporations are guided by rational thought. Read more

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Postal banking

Introducing the Political Eh-conomy Radio podcast, a new podcast on economic issues in Canada and beyond. The inaugural episode tackles postal banking: why cut valuable services and jobs at Canada Post when it is instead possible to create financial services run by the post office, at the same ensuring the Post’s future sustainability? Canada Post ...

Political Eh-conomy: Strategy, or escape from the privatization matrix (Canada Post, Part 2)

The endgame of the current rounds of cuts at Canada Post is some form of privatization. In the previous post, I argued that privatization proceeds differently depending on context. Many factors – I focused on whether a public service provider is exposed to competition and is profitable – can have an impact. The result of ...

cmkl: Canada Post phasing out door to door delivery, phasing in nose removal for face spite

Canada Post grand plan pronouncements (especially when there’s bargaining to be done) have a habit of not coming true or being counter-factual, but this latest, about the crown corporation phasing out urban door to door delivery warrants a response.

cmkl: CUPW settles with Canada Post outside of arbitration

The Toronto Star is reporting that CUPW has tossed aside all the business about Tory hack arbitrators and reached a settlement with Canada Post. Face to face. I’m not surprised. They’ve done it before, but it’s heartening to see that it can still happen. If the government would just butt out and leave the two ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-02-14 01:17:00

CANADIAN LABOUR EDMONTON: SUPPORT NICK DREIGER: Nick Dreiger is a shop steward for the Canadian Union Of Postal Workers (CUPW) in Edmonton Alberta and an organizer for the IWW. He was recently fired because of a number of charges related to either his union activities or his show of political support for the Occupy Edmonton ...

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-11-17 21:44:00

FEMINISM/ CANADIAN LABOUR: EQUAL PAY LAWSUIT SETTLED IN FAVOUR OF WORKERS- 28 YEARS LATER: Here’s an interesting item from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) about a lawsuit initiated 28 years ago demanding equal pay for equal work at Canada Post. I heard about this decision while driving about the city for work today. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material to end your weekend. – Doug Cuthand makes the case for First Nations resource ownership as a matter of historical right: When the numbered treaties were negotiated in Saskatchewan in the 1870s, the resources under the ground were never discussed. At the time the government had no idea that Western Canada was a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Just as in this year’s federal election, the NDP will need to look to move voting intentions once the campaign is underway. But also just like in the federal election, there’s reason to like the party’s chances – particularly as it’s promising to limit the sniping that’s been ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Ever-Increasing Importance Of Alternative Media

After reading Rick Salutin’s column yesterday about the very real limitations of Canadian journalism even when juxtaposed against the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s publishing empire, I had the opportunity to read a story from rabble.ca that confirms the need for the independent voices working in alternative media. Entitled CUPW: A cautionary tale of union-busting, with ...

RedBedHead: Ontario Austerity, the Days of Action and How Unions Became So Pathetic

There was a time when unions in Canada fought for jobs, pensions and wages like they meant it. And it wasn’t so very long ago. Well, it was a while – back in the 1970s, to be exact. Back then Canada had the highest rate of unofficial strikes in the advanced industrial world outside of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 21, 2011

Issue of the Day Much of the day’s debate was taken up with the final debate on the Cons’ budget legislation, with the NDP particularly highlighting provisions to subsidize private mortgage insurance – while the Cons responded at times by insisting that there’s somehow a need for competition against the CMHC, and others by suggesting ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Janyce McGregor’s article on the perils of Senate reform is well worth a read in general. But let’s particularly highlight an issue I’ve raised before – if one which is no less glaring in the absence of any reform: So why not just abolish the Senate? Indeed, that’s ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Thoughts on a Filibuster

Can I get a “WOW”? Just look at all those women! I couldn’t stop grinning as woman after woman after woman rose and spoke. What happened to all the arrogant white dudes?  Oh, they’re posturing and questioning.  I guess someone noticed as the past few questions have been lobbed by female CPC MPs. Aside from ...

Being Oppositional, ‘Socialist’ Filibuster Drinking Games, Pandering to the Misinformed, Attempting To Debunk Some Myths

Finally, I post my thoughts about the NDP filibuster of Stevie Spiteful’s draconian Back to work legislation of  locked out Canada Post workers and the press coverage it has received, along with many Canadians’ attitude toward it.  I’m not only concerned at Canadians’  attitudes toward Bill c-6, but also all the misinformation that had been ...

Accidental Deliberations: On needless aggression

While I wrote today’s column before word came out about the Harper Cons’ meddling in the negotiations between Canada Post and CUPW, it looks like the Cons’ desire to provoke a war with workers extended even further than I’d thought – including through their rejection of a deal which both the union and Canada Post ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on the hostile labour environment that’s developing as federal and provincial governments alike use back-to-work legislation as a pre-emptive attack on workers. For further reading (which should be familiar to those who read the blog regularly): – Ryan McGreal’s “revenge egalitarianism” concept earns a mention in the column, and for those who haven’t ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: CUPW will challenge the back-to-work legislation

Canada Post union to challenge back-to-work legislation in court – thestar.comAs I was pointing out, the legislation is illegal, and the union is going to challenge it in court. Now the decision will depend on if Harper has stacked the Supreme Court with enough of his judges already or not.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alberta Conservative MP takes surprising swipe at Canada Post back-to-work law

Your blogger with Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber, in agreement for once … sort of. With locked-out postal workers being forced back to their jobs last night by the Harper Conservatives, I was surprised and interested to learn that Brent Rathgeber, the usually well-behaved Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert, recently used his blog ...

How Bill C-6 Can Set a Dangerous Precedent For All Working Canadians, Including Non-Unionized Workers

Assuming Stevie Spiteful stays in power, that is, and after watching both the NDP and the Liberals, this week-end, along with Stevie Spiteful’s spin machine in his media, it looks like it could well be for a very, very long time to come.  Only a very sleep deprived Lizzy May seemed to have had the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On unreasonable outcomes

I’ve pointed out before how the Cons’ deliberate attack on the Canadian Union of Postal Workers figures to create damaging incentives as federally-regulated employers consider how to handle future collective bargaining. But now that we’ve seen the Cons’ endgame, it’s worth noting that the incentives for unions may be equally damaging. After all, the CUPW ...

cmkl: Did the NDP fall into a trap?

I suppose the doyens of public opinion research will tell us the answers soon enough, but I’m wondering if, as Bob Rae claims, the NDP fell into a Tory-set trap by embarking on this filibuster.

kirbycairo: A Few Lugubrious Thoughts for Friday Afternoon. . . .

– I would like to thank and congratulate the NDP caucus for their opposition to the back to work legislation concerning the Postal Workers. It is an important, if symbolic, gesture of solidarity which reminds us that there is someone opposing the corporate agenda of the Harper government. -I hope that CUPW is inclined to ...

Paul S. Graham: Oppose Harper’s draconian back-to-work legislation

Winnipeggers rallied in support of locked-out CUPW members in Winnipeg June 16, 2011. Photo: Paul S. Graham This, just in, from Derek Blackadder at LabourStart. While it is addressed to trade unionists it should resonate with anyone who believes in democracy. The Conservative government’s decision to impose back-to-work legislation strikes at the heart of democracy; ...

cmkl: The Canada Post lockout busting legislation explained

It all makes perfect sense to me now. At first I thought it strange that the Tory government was ordering its wholly-owned crown corporation and its Tory government-appointed president to open the doors and let CUPW back to work. After all, I would have thought they’d need the blessing of cabinet to stand tall in ...