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The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada: World’s Next Superpower? Only If We Stop Relying On Temporary Foreign Workers

It’s only been a couple of weeks since Disney, that most iconic of American companies, moved to displace all its home grown techies with low-cost foreign temporary workers, But the company had to beat a hasty retreat in the face of an outpouring of criticism.

Amid the deluge of commentary this story triggered about where . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada: World’s Next Superpower? Only If We Stop Relying On Temporary Foreign Workers

The Progressive Economics Forum: Grocery Wars: Lessons from Canada’s Changing Retail Landscape

As Target Canada tumbled into bankruptcy, Loblaw announced that its fourth-quarter profits more than doubled. What can be learned from this tale of two retailers?

The main reason for Loblaw’s surge was its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart last March, which turned it into Canada’s largest grocer and pharmacy chain. Shoppers contributed $3 billion to . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Grocery Wars: Lessons from Canada’s Changing Retail Landscape

Political Eh-conomy: Robots, migration and the future of work (Briarpatch Magazine)

I have a longer read in the newest issue of Briarpatch Magazine, which is dedicated to the world of work. If you don’t know Briarpatch, be sure to check out the other articles in this issue and consider subscribing; this is one of Canada’s oldest independent left publications and definitely worth supporting. My piece has . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Robots, migration and the future of work (Briarpatch Magazine)

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Focus on China

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The focus of today’s podcast is China: its development over the past several years, the situation of workers and unions as well as future directions. To get some perspective second largest economy in the world and one still expanding at breakneck, albeit slower, pace, I spoke with two guests: Minqi Li and . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Focus on China

Political Eh-conomy: On the hunt for good jobs

There’s lots of talk about “good jobs” these days. At the same time, the expectations for what makes work not only “good” but even a “job” keep falling. It’s hard to fight for better (and less) work in light of decades of defeat for workers as an organized force, years of lingering post-crisis fallout and . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: On the hunt for good jobs

The Progressive Economics Forum: Should Welfare Recipients Try Harder to Find Work?

This morning the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation released a new report about “motivational interviewing” for welfare recipients. The link to the full report is here, and the link to the executive summary is here.

Authored by Reuben Ford, Jenn Dixon, Shek-wai Hui, Isaac Kwakye and Danielle Patry, the study reports on a recent randomized . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Should Welfare Recipients Try Harder to Find Work?

The Progressive Economics Forum: Social Assistance in Canada

This week I am attending a conference entitled “Welfare Reform in Canada: Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective,” organized by Professor Daniel Béland.

The focus of the conference is “social assistance,” which typically encompasses both last-resort social assistance (i.e. ‘welfare’) and disability benefits. In Ontario, the former is known as Ontario Works and the latter . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Social Assistance in Canada

Politics and its Discontents: The Age of the Disposable Worker

On this blog I frequently lament the fact that we live in the age of the fungible worker, the one who is easily exchanged for another should his or her expectations of decent wages and working conditions threaten to impede the flow of easy profits accruing to corporate coffers. It is happening abroad, an example . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Age of the Disposable Worker

The Canadian Progressive: International report condemns Harper government’s attacks on workers, trade unions

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) condemns the Harper Conservatives for repeated violations of union and worker rights.

The annual report, titled Countries at Risk: 2013 Report on Violations of Trade Union Rights, was released in Geneva earlier this week. It suggests that labour conditions have . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: International report condemns Harper government’s attacks on workers, trade unions

Alex's Blog: The mean test: how we measure success

Chief Theresa Spence (by Regina Southwind, Rabble, December 17)

As we enter 2013, how is Canada doing? How do we stack up against other rich countries? Emerging from the year of the 50th anniversary of medicare, the 30th anniversary of the Charter, are we making progress? Do we even have any shared notion . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: The mean test: how we measure success

Alex's Blog: The mean test: how we measure success

Chief Theresa Spence (by Regina Southwind, Rabble, December 17)

As we enter 2013, how is Canada doing? How do we stack up against other rich countries? Emerging from the year of the 50th anniversary of medicare, the 30th anniversary of the Charter, are we making progress? Do we even have any shared notion . . . → Read More: Alex’s Blog: The mean test: how we measure success

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s Laws Fuel Migrant Worker Exploitation: Report

by Metcalf Foundation Canada’s reliance on low-wage migrant workers with temporary immigration status is growing but our laws make them vulnerable to abuse, says a new report published by the Metcalf Foundation. Made in Canada: How the Law Constructs… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s Laws Fuel Migrant Worker Exploitation: Report

drive-by planet: St Petersburg cartoon ‘tools’ guide for migrant workers called insulting

A cartoon style “advice” guide for migrants in St Petersburg, Russia, has attracted a lot of criticism. The guide has the title Labour Migrant’s Reference Book and according to Russia Today (RT) was published on the St Petersburg government’s website.

The guide is available in Russian, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek. It features tools such . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: St Petersburg cartoon ‘tools’ guide for migrant workers called insulting

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Right Response to “No Job Is A Bad Job”

Last May federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said there was no such thing as a bad job. The Law Commission of Ontario may disagree.

This week it put out a report about the rise in vulnerable workers and precarious jobs. Now that he’s heard from executives who think Canadians are paid too much, Mr. Flaherty . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Right Response to “No Job Is A Bad Job”

Politics and its Discontents: Monsanto Sued By Migrant Workers Over Labor, Housing Conditions

It seems the bigger they are, the more intent corporations are on squeezing everything they can out of workers, doesn’t it?

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