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Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven Oaks
Tell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)
Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

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Larry Hubich's Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Support workers at Best Western Seven Oaks
Tell the owner of Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina to stop bullying workers and get back to the bargaining table. Watch the video below and send a message now at www.ufcw.ca/bestwestern (UFCW Canada Local 1400)
Posted by UFCW Canada on Friday, February 26, 2016

. . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: The owner of Best Western 7 Oaks Hotel in Regina assaults peaceful picketers

Progressive Proselytizing: Media bias in covering the University of Toronto TA strike

At a bare minimum, when the media covers a major conflict between two sides – a union striking, say – it should include the briefest of quotes from people representing both sides of the conflict. This is not exactly a high bar to meet requiring the che… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Media bias in covering the University of Toronto TA strike

Progressive Proselytizing: Media bias in covering the University of Toronto TA strike

At a bare minimum, when the media covers a major conflict between two sides – a union striking, say – it should include the briefest of quotes from people representing both sides of the conflict. This is not exactly a high bar to meet requiring the cheapest and simplest method in journalism: asking the . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Media bias in covering the University of Toronto TA strike

Larry Hubich's Blog: Right to Strike puts conservatives on notice

“Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement: the folks who brought you the constitutional right to strike!” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president, Larry Hubich, as the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) sided with working families on January 30, 2015.
The SCC ruled, in no uncertain terms, that the SFL was right – the Saskatchewan Party government’s Public Services Essential Services Act (Bill 5) was heavy-handed, unworkable, and violated a Charter-protected right to strike.
“The decision by the Supreme Court to grant every worker in Canada a constitutional right to strike is a profound victory for our movement,” said Hubich, “the Court also delivered a strong message to conservative governments everywhere: your rigid ideology does not trump workers’ rights,” he added.
The Public Services Essential Services Act (Bill 5) was introduced by the newly-elected Saskatchewan Party government in 2007. As soon as it was introduced, workers, their unions, lawyers, and academics all said the Bill was overreaching, unnecessary, and probably illegal. The Saskatchewan Party, though, continued to only listen to their corporate friends instead of Saskatchewan families. As a result, a long Charter Challenge was launched by the SFL and its affiliates against Bill 5 to protect working families.
Despite the long and expensive court process, workers and their unions were gracious in their victory – extending an invitation to the Saskatchewan Party government to work together.
“We know that a work stoppage is always the last resort, and unions always prefer a negotiated agreement that is good for both sides,” said Hubich, “our victory does not change any of that, and we want to work with the provincial government to develop labour laws that are fair, balanced, and respect the rights of workers,” he added.
However, just a few days after the SCC ruling, Brad Wall floated the option of using the notwithstanding clause so that he and his government could continue violating Charter rights.
“This is a time for reconciliation and leadership, not a time for the premier to stomp his feet and threaten to deny Saskatchewan families their Charter rights,” said Hubich, “workers and their unions continue to offer our cooperation to create good public policy, and we hope the premier will come to the table in good faith,” he added.

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Larry Hubich's Blog: Right to Strike puts conservatives on notice

“Saskatchewan’s Labour Movement: the folks who brought you the constitutional right to strike!” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president, Larry Hubich, as the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) sided with working families on January 30, 2015. The SCC ruled, in no uncertain terms, that the SFL was right – the Saskatchewan Party government’s . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Right to Strike puts conservatives on notice

Molly'sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

CGT DECLARES UNLIMITED STRIKE IN SPANISH ‘UNIPOST’ OVER HOLIDAYS      The following is a translation from a Spanish language article at Rojo y Negro, the organ of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CGT. I have had to rat… . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

Molly'sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

CGT DECLARES UNLIMITED STRIKE IN SPANISH ‘UNIPOST’ OVER HOLIDAYS

      The following is a translation from a Spanish language article at Rojo y Negro, the organ of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CGT. I have had to rather “freely translate” as the particulars of Spanish labour practices are quite different from here in the . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Spanish Syndicalism (1) CGT Strike in Unipost

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

Nobody wants to give in to a bully. Indeed teachers teach students not to give in to bullies and teachers are expected to be role models and teach by example. So the teachers, when the bully took away their collective bargaining rights with draconian … . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

Nobody wants to give in to a bully. Indeed teachers teach students not to give in to bullies and teachers are expected to be role models and teach by example.

So the teachers, when the bully took away their collective bargaining rights with draconian legislation that took away their right to strike, used the only . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Teachers Dilemma

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

First of all it is not a strike because it is not part of the collective bargaining process because with a government imposed contract, imposed under a draconian law whose constitutionality is under challenge, there is no collective bargaining process…. . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

First of all it is not a strike because it is not part of the collective bargaining process because with a government imposed contract, imposed under a draconian law whose constitutionality is under challenge, there is no collective bargaining process. Secondly the political protest is aimed at the government as policy maker and legislator, not . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Teachers Political Protest Not a Strike and Not Illegal

Larry Hubich's Blog: Court Decision Upholds Working People’s Rights

Workers in Saskatchewan, and across Canada, won a significant legal victory on February 6, 2012. Justice Dennis Ball ruled that the right to strike is a protected freedom for all workers under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He also found that the right to strike is protected by international law, and that . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Court Decision Upholds Working People’s Rights

The Scott Ross: Opposing Labour & Other Bad Driving Habits

Nowadays people oppose strikes like they drive a car. It’s not about the all the people going forward anymore, it’s only about one person getting where they want to go.

Decades ago when unions went on strike the average joes not only put up with it, they supported it; today any strike is seen as . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Opposing Labour & Other Bad Driving Habits

Larry Hubich's Blog: Net Benefit

“Rio Tinto and Caterpillar Electro Motive are newly minted Canadian corporate citizens who have locked their workers out to freeze and starve. These corporate muggers were allowed into Canada and encouraged in their anti Canadianism by the Harper Junta. It’s going to be a cold winter and a hot summer in Canada…” . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Net Benefit