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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Andrew Jackson discusses the challenge of ensuring that stable jobs are available in Canada:Good jobs are a central mechanism in the creation of shared prosperity.What matters for workers is not just b… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Canadian Dimension: Postal Workers Confront Canada Post

Photo from Public Domain A major confrontation is in the making at Canada Post. On the one hand, post office management is seeking to extract a series of far ranging concessions from its workers. On the other, t… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Postal Workers Confront Canada Post

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Lana Payne comments on the combination of low wages and nonexistent security attached to jobs for younger workers. And Catherine Baab-Muguira examines the spread of the side hustle economy as a means of bare sur… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- David Blanchflower notes that there’s virtually no dispute that the UK is headed into an economic downturn – meaning that there’s also no excuse to hold off on fiscal relief for the public. And Brad DeLong po… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Canadian Dimension: The labour movement and the housing crisis: long-separated struggles

Photo by Guilhem Vellut “I am working class person, not making millions,” said Martin Fernandez, a former resident of a Burnaby apartment building set for demoviction, talking about his new apartment. “Pay… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The labour movement and the housing crisis: long-separated struggles

wmtc: between the lines: how we got here

We’ve stopped picketing and demonstrating, and are waiting for our ratification meeting and vote tomorrow night, Monday, July 25.As local president, my life has been consumed by bargaining and the strike for so long, it feels a bit surreal. Is it reall… . . . → Read More: wmtc: between the lines: how we got here

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

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Alana Semuels examines new research showing a decline in U.S. social mobility within an individual’s working life:Carr and Wiemers used earnings data to measure how fluidly people move up and down the income… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Abi Wilkinson argues that we can’t expect to take anger and other emotions out of political conversations when government choices have created nothing but avoidable stress for so many:Actions can certainly be… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

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

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- David Dayen highlights the treatment of workers as the most fundamental difference between Scandinavian countries which have achieved both prosperity and social justice, and the U.S. and others which have sacrif… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

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

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Lana Payne discusses how inequality and insecurity inevitably serve as the key explanation for the rise of right-wing populism. And Adam Johnson rightly challenges the theory being presented by some that the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

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

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Trevor Hancock writes that if we’re going to designate anything as a public health emergency, poverty should top the list:I was pleased to see the B.C. Ministry of Health use the powers of the provincial health offic… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

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

Canadian Dimension: The looming Canada Post lockout: workers resist concessions for next generation

Photo by Pleuntje As many know from the swirling news across traditional and social media, there has been a long-running labour dispute between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers over a series … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The looming Canada Post lockout: workers resist concessions for next generation