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Alberta Politics: Cue the crickets: Where are the media warnings Canada Post bosses are ‘holding the country to ransom’?

PHOTOS: Locked out postal workers in a past dispute in Halifax (HalifaxMediaCoop.ca photo). Below: St. Albert resident’s illegal “Restore door to door” sign (CBC photo), Controversial Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra, CUPW President Mike Palecek, an… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Cue the crickets: Where are the media warnings Canada Post bosses are ‘holding the country to ransom’?

Political Eh-conomy: Working class disarmed, Canadian redux

Looking at the prevalence of strikes in the US over the past six decades, Doug Henwood writes,

Second Amendment fetishism aside, there’s an old saying that the working class’s ultimate weapon is withholding labor through slowdowns and strikes. By that measure, the U.S. working class has been effectively disarmed since the 1980s.

Doug then produces . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Working class disarmed, Canadian redux

Politics, Re-Spun: Profits Before People: Richmond Ikea Lockout Enters Day 17

 

Generating enough media spin to rival a jet engine at take off, the management and PR folks at Ikea Canada want you to believe that their poor little corporation is being held hostage by greedy, soulless union workers in Richmond.

Woe. Pity poor Ikea.

It’s tough being a multi-national corporation . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Profits Before People: Richmond Ikea Lockout Enters Day 17

Trashy's World: A plea to the OCDSB…

… even if the teacher’s action tomorrow is declared illegal, do NOT reverse yesterday’s decision to close all elementary schools. And here is why: Student safety – if told to go to work as usual or face consequences, many teachers will NOT and there is no way to anticipate how many, where and in which . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: A plea to the OCDSB…

Trashy's World: To all those decrying…

… the ONE day walkout by elementary teachers today. Suck it up. This is democracy in action, regardless of whether or not you believe that teachers (or anyone else for that matter) should have the right to strike. Under the current law, they DO have that right. This. Is. A. Fact. Look it up. Go . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: To all those decrying…

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-07-16 11:28:00

CANADIAN LABOUR: WILDCAT STRIKERS DEFY UNION AND COMPANY IN NEWFOUNDLAND:  

Up to 1,000 workers have gathered near the road to Vale’s Long Harbour construction site in eastern Newfoundland this morning, as a wildcat labour dispute enters day five.Some employees have turned around, and many have joined in the protest, but there has . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-07-16 11:28:00

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Breaking the law to protect future generations

As I’m sure most of you know, Montreal now has a bylaw banning masks at protests. Mayor Gérald Tremblay asks, “When a cause is just, why is it necessary to hide behind a mask?” When asked about protestors who use masks to protect themselves from teargas, a lawyer representing the police said that teargas is . . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Breaking the law to protect future generations

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Breaking the law to protect future generations

As I’m sure most of you know, Montreal now has a bylaw banning masks at protests. Mayor Gérald Tremblay asks, “When a cause is just, why is it necessary to hide behind a mask?” When asked about protestors who use masks to protect themselves from teargas, a lawyer representing the police said that teargas is only used at protests that have been declared illegal. There are, of course, reasons other than hiding your identity and protecting yourself from teargas to wear a mask and one of those reasons is being adorable.

Hey Charest! You’re a big LOSER!
My son Eliot breaking the law at yesterday’s demonstration.

Okay, so teargas is only used at protests that have been declared illegal, but when is a protest declared illegal? According to Quebec’s new loi 78, if there are 50 or more people and the police did not receive notice in writing with a map of the route eight hours in advance, the protest is illegal. Loi 78 does not comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and we cannot sit back silently while it is enforced. We cannot hide inside while terrasses full of innocent bar patrons are attacked by the police, elderly people are penalized for honking in support of protestors,  and unarmed protestors are pepper sprayed in the face. This is not the kind of future that I want for that little panda up there, or for the other children in Quebec.

There are many legitimate reasons to oppose the tuition hikes in Quebec that existed even before loi 78 and the voice articulating these reasons should not be silenced. The need to stand up to this special law is urgent. It is not just the students who are impacted by the new restrictions; Jean Charest’s government is punishing Quebec as a whole for the student demonstrations and Quebec is taking notice. Louis Masson, president of the Quebec Bar Association, called the bill “a breach to the fundamental, constitutional rights of the citizens.” The union representing STM bus drivers has denounced loi 78, asking bus drivers to refrain from driving riot police to demonstrations and reminding them that they have had protests in the past which would now be considered illegal under the special law.

If we don’t speak up, we are sending the government the message that we’re okay with laws like this, so stand up and let them know that we’re not; future generations are the ones who will suffer if we are silent. Defy loi 78, join the protests, and show the government that we will not be bullied into following ridiculous laws.

. . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Breaking the law to protect future generations

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-04-12 23:04:00

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR/ANARCHOSYNDICALISM: LATEST SPANISH GENERAL STRIKE A HUGE SUCCESS: March 29th saw a one day general strike in Spain that eclipsed previous general strikes in magnitude if one is to judge by the drop in energy consumption, often the best way of estimating the impact of general strikes on the economy as a whole. . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2012-04-12 23:04:00

Co2 Art: Should Quebec Students’ Strike for Lower Tuition be Spread to Rest of Canada?

Students in Quebec have been protesting a 75% tuition increase over five years announced by the provincial government. there are two sides to this story In favour of keeping lower tuition 1. many countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Brazil, the Bahamas and Scotland, have free university education, and it is a worthwhile ideal to . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: Should Quebec Students’ Strike for Lower Tuition be Spread to Rest of Canada?

Co2 Art: Should Quebec Students’ Strike for Lower Tuition be Spread to Rest of Canada?

Students in Quebec have been protesting a 75% tuition increase over five years announced by the provincial government.there are two sides to this storyIn favour of keeping lower tuition1. many countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Brazil, the Bahamas and… . . . → Read More: Co2 Art: Should Quebec Students’ Strike for Lower Tuition be Spread to Rest of Canada?

The Scott Ross: The Politics of Conservatives is Big Business

Within two months Canada’s ruling Conservative Party rejected government intervention in one labour dispute and leapt at the chance to intervene in another.

In January a manufacturing plant owned by Electro-Motive Diesel, a private company that had received millions in government tax breaks announced it was laying off 450 employees. On January 31st . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The Politics of Conservatives is Big Business

The Scott Ross: BC Teachers Hurt The Left & Help The Right

The teachers’ strike in British Columbia this week was bad for the province but good for the BC Liberals.

Facing challenges from the NDP on their left and the Conservatives on their right, for the BC Liberals an unpopular labour dispute couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Over the last few months the BC . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: BC Teachers Hurt The Left & Help The Right

The Scott Ross: BC Teachers On Strike Yet Still Teaching

This week Teachers in BC haven’t even been in the classroom, yet they’ve still managed to teach their students one of the most important things; how to take a stand.

Critics will point out at how young people are already too self-assured and that they already have no respect for authority. Those curmudgeons are sure . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: BC Teachers On Strike Yet Still Teaching

The Scott Ross: The BC Teachers’ Regressive Labour Strike

In 2010 the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation declared its opposition to the HST because it was a regressive tax, affecting the poor and families more than the wealthy and corporations.

Yesterday the BCTF went on strike and while the cost for childcare and sports programs is easily covered by rich families, the cost is . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The BC Teachers’ Regressive Labour Strike

The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The NDP is certainly not asking whether it should abandon organized labour, but maybe organized labour should ask whether it abandon the NDP.

What does it say about the New Democratic Party when it is the only political organization of unions, for unions and organized labour over the last thirty years has only lost power . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: NDP & the Decline of Labour

The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

Who will win in the latest labour dispute between BC teachers and the provincial government? It doesn’t matter, we are already losing.

Now a politician isn’t going to tell a province this, a union representative isn’t going to hold a press conference to point it out, and people aren’t going to buy a newspaper to . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: We All Lose In BC Teacher Labour Dispute

On the (alleged) effects of strikes.

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 wi… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: CUPW will challenge the back-to-work legislation

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Conservative back to work legislastion breaks the law and could result in lasting consequences

To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth: On back to work legislation. Whoa, deja vu.Excerpts:It’s worth noting that even lawyers aren’t evading it as much as they used to. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada, in the BC Health Services case, overtu… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Conservative back to work legislastion breaks the law and could result in lasting consequences

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Canada Post cuts home deliver to 3 days a week.

Canada Post cuts home delivery to 3 days a week – thestar.com I swear that I only get delivery 3 days a week now and in the past few months. Long before this strike, there have been days when the building has got no mail delivery. So, for me, this of… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Canada Post cuts home deliver to 3 days a week.

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-04 11:43:00

LOCAL EVENTS WINNIPEG:SOLIDARITY PICKET FOR BRISTOL AEROSPACE WORKERS:Happening this afternoon from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm************************Solidarity Picket at Bristol!Time Wednesday, May 4 · 4:00pm – 6:00pm————————–Location Bristo… . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-05-04 11:43:00

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Daycare strike

The $7 a day home daycares in the Montreal area went on strike yesterday, including my son’s daycare. I was a little bit worried because I also had a French test at school yesterday. In the end, my neighbour watched my son while I wrote my test. His da… . . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Daycare strike

Feminist Mom in Montreal: Daycare strike

The $7 a day home daycares in the Montreal area went on strike yesterday, including my son’s daycare. I was a little bit worried because I also had a French test at school yesterday. In the end, my neighbour watched my son while I wrote my test. His daycare closed a couple of weeks ago . . . → Read More: Feminist Mom in Montreal: Daycare strike