The Harper government’s plan to scrap the mandatory census long-form questionnaire and replace it with a voluntary survey may appeal to the prime minister’s libertarian roots and Tea Party folk, but it is terrible public policy.
The UFCW Canada and Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) campaign No More Injustice and Oppression Against Migrants! has prompted the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Canadian employer associations FERME and FARMS to stop demanding an outrageous security payment from Guatemalan migrants.
It began as a so-called “layoff”, turned into a 40-week lockout, and reached the end of the line when on August 13 Calgary-based Nilsson Brothers Inc. told UFCW Canada Local 1400 members that the XL Beef slaughterhouse they worked at in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, will be permanently closed within 90 days.
Building on the momentum of the Growth Summit held in March this year (see DIRECTIONS 10.11), “Organizing for Activists” — a new National Office training initiative — was recently made available to UFCW Canada local unions to reinforce their organizing and growth efforts.
Over the past decade the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour’s Prairie School for Union Women has grown in strength as an annual opportunity for trade union women from across the country to learn from each other and build their leadership and activists skills.
On September 6, Canadians across the country will celebrate Labour Day with friends and family, and continue a long national tradition that goes back nearly 120 years. Certainly a lot of things have changed for working families since the early 1880s, but the idea of working people coming together for justice and progressive change is just as meaningful and relevant as it’s ever been.