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Trashy's World: EC group at CAPE – pay attention!

The rest of you need not read further as you’ll have no idea what I am writing about. But for the ECs… Please vote and vote against the 3 resolutions we are being asked to consider. The radical leadership of our once moderate labour group w… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: EC group at CAPE – pay attention!

Trashy's World: CAPE budget vote passes…

But with only 62% of the vote, it is hardly a landslide. These votes usually are in the 90’s in favour. I’d love to see the breakdown by Local because I don’t know a single person who voted for this. Now. How does a Local leave a union? Stay tuned. (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Yet another reason I hope that my union Local leaves CAPE…

I’ve bitched about this before. But “my” union – the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) used to shy away from the militant activities of other public sector unions like PSAC. By and large, the Local’s members believe that a union serves two purposes: collective bargaining and representation and help in the case of a . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Yet another reason I hope that my union Local leaves CAPE…

Trashy's World: A few thoughts about my union…

I belong to a public sector union. It isn’t a huge Union, not the scale of PSAC, PIPSC, CUPE and the like. There are around 12,000 members, I think; the majority of whom work in one department.    For me and for a great many of my colleagues, a union should deliver two basic services. These . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: A few thoughts about my union…

The Scott Ross: Senate Saves Canada… Again

How do you save democracy from itself? You appoint a Senate.In 1990 the democratically elected House of Commons passed Bill C-43 which would have criminalized all abortions. That bill was defeated by the appointed Senate. To this day abortions remain l… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Senate Saves Canada… Again

The Scott Ross: Senate Saves Canada… Again

How do you save democracy from itself? You appoint a Senate.

In 1990 the democratically elected House of Commons passed Bill C-43 which would have criminalized all abortions. That bill was defeated by the appointed Senate. To this day abortions remain legal solely because of the Senate’s actions. In 2013 the democratically elected House of . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Senate Saves Canada… Again

The Canadian Progressive: Harper government should stop wooing Verizon Communications: Union

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada opposes the Harper government efforts to woo US telecom giant Verizon Communications “to take over Canada’s telecommunications.”

The post Harper government should stop wooing Verizon Communications: Union appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: Unions, they protect us from Corporate Rule – Days of Destruction Days of Revolt

I am tired of the bad rap Unions get. You know why they get a bad rap, because they are one of the few institutions in society that can mount effective opposition to corporate power. You like your 8 hour work day? Thank unions for that. Health and Safety regulations? Thank a union for it. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Unions, they protect us from Corporate Rule – Days of Destruction Days of Revolt

ParliamANT Hill: CAW needs to be ‘more flexible,’ expert warns

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/08/14/caw-auto-industry-contract-talks.html

ParliamANT Hill: CAW, automakers open contract talks

Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/08/14/caw-big-three-negotiations.html

The Scott Ross: Europe’s Export of Political Integration

From democracy to banking, Europe has launched institutions that have shaped the world; with its recent financial crisis, Europe might be about to do it again.

The European financial crisis is only giving further legitimacy and urgency to greater European political integration. It is argued that with many economies dependent on each other, with . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Europe’s Export of Political Integration

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: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

It is widely known that over the last few years a certain political group has been arrogant, close-minded, and divisive, what may come as a surprise is that group is made up of the Liberals and the NDP.

Both Liberals and New Democrats have criticized Conservatives for years, alleging they are arrogant, intolerant, and . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Unite, Liberals & NDP Divide

The Scott Ross: Legalize Same-Ideology Unions

The Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party shouldn’t merge to defeat the Conservatives, they should merge to be better than themselves .

Liberals often cite diversity is strength but at the same time rebuff making the party stronger, making a new party stronger by uniting with the NDP. New Democrats often take pride . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Legalize Same-Ideology Unions

The Scott Ross: The National Concerns of Busting Unions & Health Care

Marking a complete reversal by the Conservatives in intergovernmental relations, on Friday the process of creating a new health agreement between the federal government and the provinces will be announced.

This will be a dramatic change from the Conservatives’ position on health care made just months earlier when Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told the . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: The National Concerns of Busting Unions & Health Care

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: 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