Right wingers want to pay no tax. It’s hard to bleat about that in public without sounding like the greedy, selfish people they are.
Instead, they say that public sector workers are paid too much, and that we should privatize everything. THAT way, governments get to starve themselves to the point where they collect virtually no taxes.
Instead of letting rapacious corporations dictate what market wages should be, we should explore living wages, then dream up a world not so different from ours when private sector workers make the stable wages and benefits of public sector workers.
Dream with me, (Read more…)
Oh, what a list it would be!
Kinder Morgan [the zombie child of Enron]?
Imperial Metals [fanciful producers of the Mount Polley Mine disaster]?
Other companies that treat workers badly like IKEA or Rocky Mountain Railtours?
Capitalism is all about worshiping Frankencorporations that are immortal, legally a human being, limit the liability of owners if the company screws up, taxed much lower than real humans, and are designed to maximize shareholder wealth while minimizing risk to capitalists and maximizing consequences for others. Raping and pillaging is just an added bonus.
But what if a company, in its cancerous (Read more…)
If you are interested in:
social and economic justice equality and less income inequality workplace democracy and autonomy work-life balance improving the world because you are young and you have the most to lose with a rapidly decaying planet,
Then, read this paragraph. It comes from a document you should ponder endorsing.
If the paragraph is intriguing to you, click the link, read the rest and consider endorsing it!
Then, join or help form a co-op!
COOPERATE TO TRANSFORM SOCIETY
We, young cooperative leaders and members, believe in the co-operative principles and cooperative values. We believe that the co-operative movement (Read more…)
A strong union. Corporations that understand the social contract. Corporations that know a tad smaller profit here contributes to more dignity throughout society. Corporations that recognize the value of unions. The living wage in Vancouver this year is $20.10, almost double the minimum wage. The “precariat” are precarious proletariats. We have too many of them; but fewer in Denmark! Let’s follow their lead!
What Danish fast food workers have that their American counterparts do not is a powerful union, and fast food franchise owners who are willing to make a little less of a profit, though they still (Read more…)
Workplaces aren’t associated with fun, but there are certain designs of places that can make places more enjoyable. It turns out that buildings designed with sustainability in mind tend to be a better, more productive place to work. You should convince your boss that you should move to a green building.
Until that happens here’s a solution that you can put into action rather quickly:
3. A PLANT OR A VIEW OF NATURE WILL IMPROVE YOUR WORK
Windows also help by providing views–something that’s especially helpful if you’re looking at nature. Looking at trees or a park is proven to (Read more…)
Workers must do our part to Stop Harper!
Happy Labour Day!
In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we keep enumerating the things we’re losing: meaningful legislative debate, evidence-based policy, public science, a free and open society, among other things. But what happens if we go too long with a slow erosion of the features that make our society vibrant? What happens if we let the right wing continue to teach us that we shouldn’t expect anything meaningful from government?
What happens if young Canadians grow up without a sense of what used to be the Canadian birthright: Medicare, the CPP, and (Read more…)
Working all day is hard – so don’t do it. In many desk jobs one doesn’t need to be there from 9-5, indeed we can be more productive by not being there. More evidence keeps cropping up that we are animals that need exercise and a diversity of daily experiences.
Going for a walk mid-afternoon might be just what you need. It’s easy, just get up and do it.
And structured downtime doesn’t just help the world’s greatest writers and thinkers do their best work; it helps all of us while we’re learning and striving to achieve tasks. Or at (Read more…)
Recently, with the WEF spending the last few years acknowledging global income inequality is a problem, I’ve declared a kind of victory for the Occupy Movement: getting the lexicon on the 1% and inequality on the tongues of the sly gazillionaires who rule the world, and into mass consumption.
Now we see that the CEO of Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest cancers of neoliberal capitalism and a prime mover of the 2008 crash, has admitted that income inequality is a problem and a destabilizer. Sadly, though not surprisingly, in this interview he also trotted out typical neoliberal “realities” (Read more…)
In Davos, the 1% rule the world. Literally. They also have the guns.
The 1% are claiming we have it out for them; that if we don’t tone down the rhetoric and stop calling them names like “the contemptuous rich,” we might end up starting a class war. But they already know there’s a class war, and it’s been going on for generations. Today, the rich are winning because they have more solidarity than we do. The year 2014 is a battleground and the currency is solidarity. If we don’t start organizing together, quickly, and far more effectively, the contemptuous (Read more…)
France is experimenting with new way to subsidize transportation by getting more people to bicycle to work. Traffic in Paris is particularly awful and with ongoing population growth and car-focused infrastructure the transportation problems are only going to increase. France is hoping that getting people to ride bicycles will stymie the growth of transportation issues.
French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier, noting that commuting using public transport and cars is already subsidized, said that if results of the test are promising, a second experiment on a larger scale will be done.
The ministry hopes that the bike-to-work incentive scheme will boost (Read more…)
Well, I found yet another [like this] study showing how many MORE jobs we’d get by moving to a post-carbon energy infrastructure and dumping LNG, tarsands, pipelines and all the other Mordor Industrial Complex BC and Alberta are embracing.
Not only is dumping the carbon energy infrastructure essential to do what we can to minimize the effects of climate change/breakdown, it’s also good for the economy, good for jobs, and in particular, good for highly trained union workers.
So unions should be lining up to skip the short-sighted, short-term gains of a few thousand carbon energy jobs in (Read more…)
People who aren’t slaves to the 9-5 world (or worse the 8-8 crowd) may not understand the tyranny of the week. Those poor folks who are forced by their managers and bosses to slave away at set hours and times. Sometimes the best time to do something may not be during the working window.
There are many benefits to having varying work schedules. For one, rush hour wouldn’t be so bad for those suffering from commuterism. There are plenty of other reasons too, which are addressed in a recent article from Slate:
But there’s nothing inevitable about the ceaseless repetition (Read more…)
Seeking some climate justice and labour justice?
You’ve come to the right place. Here’s how Denmark and Germany are showing us that it isn’t brain surgery. Why re-invent the wheel; just steal ideas from people who already get it. Simple!
Someone once told me that Starbucks stores in Safeway grocery stores need to hire staff based on the unionized rates in the Safeway. The prices are the same and Starbucks isn’t going bankrupt.
It turns out that in Denmark, strong unionization has led to $21/hour wages at…wait for it…McDonald’s. That’s higher than Vancouver’s new 2014 living wage of $20. (Read more…)
Occupy Vancouver reboots tonight to join the worldwide #WaveOfAction that began on April 4 and runs [at least] to July 4, 2014.
We will meet in Grandview Park on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territories.
615pm is the start time, though honestly, I’ll be there a bit early. With my Occupy Vancouver sign taped to my hockey stick. In some convenient part of the park, since there will be a May Day march arriving there for a rally at the same time.
Things to consider:
Inspiration for this venue came from funkypenzz. Vision [mine anyway]: Seeking equality (Read more…)
Do you feel lucky, punk? Well… do you?
Every day, four Canadians will die as a result of a workplace accident, injury or industrial disease. If you make it home from work today, you are one of the lucky ones.
Statistically speaking, 1000 Canadian workers die annually as a result of workplace fatalities. This number is unacceptably high, despite Canada having some of the best health and safety laws in the world.
Employers continue to fail to ensure:
That their workers are safe on the job-site, with the right tools for the right job in the right place; (Read more…)
You know you want it!
Someone really crossed the line from whoops, to nuclear codes.
One of the15,000 weekly blog spam comments that never make it to the human eyes stage on this website, accidentally made it through.
Sadly, it is a compendium of all the kinds of faux-sincere blog comments. Which is like Christmas for those who pay attention to the sociology of the internets.
Read at your leisure, and peril. Actual websites deleted to not encourage bad behaviour.
It becomes a mildly deranging mantra of ill. Kind of like neoliberal capitalism.
Remember, Occupy Vancouver reboots at (Read more…)
Whatever that looks like!
It’s Earth Day. Let’s honour our ecology by rebooting Occupy Vancouver on May Day!
At first, I put out a call to see who wants to have a meeting to discuss connecting a rebooted Occupy Vancouver with the worldwide #WaveOfAction that started on April 4 and extends [at least] to July 4.
We call these things General Assemblies. There may or may no be jazz hands deployed.
The 1% have had us scattered and disorganized, but even the rulers of the world, the World Economic Forum [WEF], have acknowledged the Occupy agenda is valid and what (Read more…)
By the way, if you were keeping track, the World Economic Forum rules the world. They’re the richest corporations in the world getting together with governments to plan the world. And why not, they’re the elite.
And it turns out, since you’re keeping track, that Occupy has been quite successful. How successful?
Simple. Check this out, from the WEF’s recent document called Global Risks 2014, page 13.
Occupy is all about justice and equality, politically, socially, economically and environmentally. Since we’ve convinced the World Bank and IMF that grotesque inequality is trouble, the WEF has now acknowledged it’s one (Read more…)
“When Centennial’s students found out Seymour couldn’t hold a pyjama day because many students didn’t have pyjamas, they fundraised to buy every Seymour student a pair last Christmas.”
- When the Field Trip’s Too Pricey, Students ‘Self-Exclude’
BC’s disgusting and preventable child poverty crisis. Let’s stop coddling the rich!
When parents receive letters from their kids’ school asking for donations for playground upgrades or library books or technological devices, a certain segment of the population sighs, grows a few more grey hairs and dies a little bit inside.
Parents who are struggling financially cannot afford the luxury of even (Read more…)
May Day, on May 1st: do you think we could get Occupy Vancouver up by then?
I know how we can get this to work. I really do.
And I’m not talking about tents or physical 24 hour occupations, in particular, right now.
I am however talking about 2 things:
What Occupy Vancouver could look like, organizationally. When we could get ourselves flowing in order to catch up with the worldwide Wave of Action: May Day.
Here’s the skinny:
Some time ago I wrote a piece about a movement that operates as I imagine Occupy Canada could work. It (Read more…)
You don’t have to suffer economic equality alone.
You don’t have to dread the reboot of the Occupy Movement tomorrow.
Seriously, the 1% has your back:
INTRODUCING ANTI-UNIONOLA NEW LONG-LASTING ANTI-WORKER SUPPOSITORY A NEW LONG-LASTING ANTI-WORKER SUPPOSITORY
March 31, 2014 Corporate Media on Occupy’s Wave of Action? Crickets. (0) April 2, 2014 Honing In On Friday’s #WaveOfAction (0) March 14, 2014 Don’t Tolerate Ignorance About the Minimum Wage (0) December 5, 2013 Why the Rich Want You to Hate Your Union (0)
We need to think about two things for this Friday’s Occupy Movement reboot in the Worldwide #WaveOfAction:
When thinking about pursuing social, political and economic equality, what is the list of things we need to change, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally? Who do we need to build coalitions with to listen to them, support them, empower them; and who will convene the meetings?
And instead of wondering who’s got your back, figure out whose back you need to protect.
There are two days left. No rush, because Friday is just the start of the 3-month Wave that culminates on (Read more…)
IKEA’s #HouseRules = union busting!
Oh, IKEA, you’d think you’d learn from all the past corporate attempts to create a Twitter hashtag to promote your brand, attempts that have been subverted by culture jammers.
Maybe IKEA will get away with this one, #HouseRules, but in the spirit of the Occupy Movement rebooting on Friday with the #WaveOfAction, we should try to Occupy IKEA and their hashtag because they’re trying to break their union in Richmond, BC.
Let’s see how:
It happened to Emperor Stephen Harper when he wanted us to tweet science-y questions for him to ask Chris Hadfield (Read more…)