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  • Minimum wage jobs pay a penny more than they did in 1975 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    in 1975 according to a study by Statistics Canada The average minimum wage in Canada in 2013 was 10 14 an hour while the 1975 minimum wage expressed in today s dollars averaged out to 10 13 That s a pathetic penny an hour increase over four decades At the same time almost all major expenses including childcare rent housing food and transport have risen dramatically Workers are stuck in the middle We have had positive economic growth over the past four decades over and above the inflation rate That s why I say that all workers should share in the growth that they produce including those who are earning minimum wage said Erin Weir economist for the United Steelworkers union Of the 13 U S states that recently raised their minimum wage rate 10 have experienced above average job growth said Armine Yalnizyan senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives This fact undercuts the argument shared by big business that minimum wage increases hurt the economy The Statistics Canada report also found there is now a bigger portion of Canadians earning the minimum wage with 6 7 per cent of all paid employees earning those wages in 2013 up from five per cent in 1997 Young employees less educated employees part timers and people in service industries are most likely to be paid minimum wage On the positive side campaigns across North America have been successfully advocating for an increase in the minimum wage to bring about more equality and fairness More information Workers Action Centre Share the infographics Thanks to the awesome fightfor15 minimum wage campaign for these infographics Contact us if you require an infographic that includes statistics for your province or the design files Sources Cost of child care Cost of rental apartments Minimum

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  • Labour News Roundup - Summer in Review | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    signs are going up all across the country People are organizing Municipalities are taking action Wal Mart workers celebrate Supreme Court decision Former workers from the Jonquière Quebec Wal Mart could celebrate a victory in June after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Wal Mart broke the law in 2004 Wal Mart shut down their Jonquière location shortly after employees there formed a union with the United Food and Commercial Workers UFCW The Supreme Court decision said the store closure violated Quebec law forbidding any change to working conditions from the time a union is accredited until the first collective agreement is signed While the Court cannot compel Wal Mart to re open its store it sent the case to an arbitrator who will likely force the company to pay damages to the 190 workers who were laid off Despite it s notoriously anti union policies in the United States and elsewhere Wal Mart claimed they did not close the store because of the unionization Paul Meinema UFCW president disagrees In a statement released after the decision he said year after year Wal Mart uses dirty tricks to stop its associates from exercising their democratic right to join a union and that is exactly what happened with the employees at the Jonquière store New labour movement forum launched at Rabble Rabble has started a new series that examines the current challenges of Canada s labour movement UP Canadian Labour Rising is curated by Nora Loreto a CALM editor currently on leave The series features writing about organizing strategy and tactics grassroots movements and offers perspectives from rank and file workers labour leaders and progressive writers and analysts Its latest article makes a case for why workers and unions should unite against the latest generation of trade pacts in view of the threat they pose to labour rights public services and social programs and positive government intervention in the economy As one year anniversary of Lac Megantic disaster passes workers still being blamed and corporate profits still priority The one year anniversary of the Lac Megantic oil train disaster was commemorated in early July with marches vigils and renewed demands for the government to take safety more seriously which has dragged its heels on reforms in response to the disaster In 2014 the federal governmentgave in to industry lobbying and removed the requirement that oil trains have someone in attendance at all times The United Steelworkers also are setting up a fund to cover the legal costs of two workers charged in connection with the oil exposition calling their conviction and trial a smokescreen that distracts from the real culprits the federal government and the MM A Railway company In 2012 the Canadian government granted the company authorization to run trains operated by just one worker which coincided with the company starting to carry oil part of a trend of massively increased shipment of fossil fuels by rail We are appealing to people s generosity to help ensure that these workers

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  • Download our new guide on how to edit a newsletter | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    are eligible for 10 free copies All you need to do is pay for postage If you want more than 10 copies then each copy after that is 3 Please contact us at editor calm ca if you would like copies We will have this offer available until we sell out Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help

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  • CALM 2014 Awards | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    White Wednesday The United Nurses of Alberta s Wear White Wednesday campaign uses clear compelling messaging to educate the public about the consequences of eliminating nursing positions both for health care professionals and patients By calling on nurses to visibly support the campaign by wearing white combined with a multi media communications strategy inviting patients to talk to nurses about the campaign the UNA opened opportunities for face to face conversations and meaningful outreach to those whose support is crucial to successfully combatting planned staffing changes by Alberta Health Services 8 Katie FitzRandolph Winner Staff HEU The Guardian HEU s Guardian stands out first and foremost for the caliber of writing in its pages and a clean cohesive design Well organized and well edited it brings together a wide variety of content ranging from practical tips of immediate relevance to members to longer journalistic articles The Guardian manages to be both self reflective and outward looking and the topics covered demonstrate an attention to community engagement and a commitment to advancing the interests of workers as a whole locally and internationally Check out their issues Winner Volunteer CUPW Pacific Perspectives CUPW s Pacific Perspectives combines a distinctive editorial character and quality content with sharp and varied design More than just a newsletter it brings together information reportbacks and analysis with broader strategic insights to arm members as they take on the significant challenges currently faced by postal workers The publications fighting spirit balanced with an upbeat friendly tone make it an inviting and refreshing read Check out their issues 9 Excellence in Print Layout Staff Produced winner Professional Employees Association Simple consistent and well designed A good combination of images infographics copy and design elements an excellent use of colours and photography that reflect enhance the PEA brand Check it out Volunteer Produced winner CUPW Pacific Region Playful and creative use of typography photography and illustrations The inside content is clear colourful and bold Check out their issues 11 Best short video made for TV broadcast or online distribution Winner Veterans Campaign PSACIn labour media short videos are most frequently outreach tools to raise awareness on current campaigns but the ones that do best at this combine clear narrative structures with all the available storytelling tools of video as a medium The winner in this category shows strong production values but its virtues are in its clear presentation of parallel story lines orally accompanied by well integrated musical scoring and an effective use of subject cutaways a simple stylistic device that keeps our attention and sympathies with the real life characters They use these devices to make a strong and focused case against the closure of Veterans Affairs offices across Canada Congratulations to director Nelson Tam of Toronto s Pomo Boho Media and to the Public Service Alliance of Canada for their Veterans Campaign video Watch the video 12 Best narrative video or video series documentaryWinner Prairies Video Project PSACNarrative and series video both give the filmmaker more leeway to

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  • Labour News Round-up, April 7 - April 21 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    April 16 2014 to make as much as male workers did in 2013 The earnings gap between men and women is now 31 5 percent and according to human rights and labour lawyer Mary Cornish the gap has not improved much since the Pay Equity Act was passed in 1987 when it stood at 38 percent Cornish argues that unless the province comes up with a serious plan for gender pay equity it will take another 52 years for women s earnings to catch up to men s But there are signs that the province may be getting farther away from that goal In 2010 the pay gap was 28 percent Since the recession women s average earnings have dropped 1 400 while men s average annual earnings grew by around 200 According to Deena Ladd of the Worker s Action Centre one of the reasons the gender wage gap persists is because of the rise in precarious employment like temp agency work and the dominance of low wages in sectors that tend to employ women CBC announces major cuts to jobs and services CBC announced a massive programming cutback including an end to regional expansions and service reductions amounting to 130 million from their annual budget Six hundred fifty seven workers will lose their jobs over the next two years as a result almost ten percent of the CBC s permanent workforce CBC has struggled to maintain their programming announcing it would no longer bid on contracts to broadcast sporting events Notably the CBC will no longer broadcast NHL games with the rights instead going to Rogers The announcements are the culmination of budget shortfalls brought on by a longtime Conservative strategy of gradually underfunding the Canadian public news provider Government funding fell from 1 03 billion in 2011 to 913 million in 2014 CCCE report exaggerates tax burden for Canadian corporations A report by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives CCCE purporting to show how heavily Canadian corporations are heavily taxed and are a major funder of government programs and services actually manipulates data and under cuts how much tax they actually pay Of the flasy 40 6 billion figure it claims their 63 member companies paid in 2012 almost half of this is just personal taxes and CPP and EI contributions that their employees pay When you crunch the numbers the CCCE s report shows that the corporate income tax rate is only 17 5 percent well below the combined statutory federal provincial rate of 25 percent and hardly the burden that the CCCE makes it out to be Youth unemployment levels remain high Stubbornly high levels of unemployment among young Canadian workers continue despite talks of an economic recovery In 2006 youth unemployment was 12 2 percent but it has since risen to 13 6 percent However almost half of those counted as employed are only working part time and do not make enough to support themselves Young Canadians face highly precarious employment often taking contract

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  • Labour News Round up, March 24 - April 7 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    called Outrageous Fortune Documenting Canada s Wealth Gap shows the country s wealth gap is even larger than its income gap That means the lucky 86 making up just 0 002 of the population have so much net wealth 178 billion they could buy everything owned by every single person in New Brunswick and still have billions to spare Here are three highlights from the report 1 Between 1999 and 2012 the greatest dollar gains in wealth acquisition went to Canada s wealthiest 20 Specifically 66 of the increase in wealth went to the top quintile while the poorest fifth of Canadians remained in a net debt position 2 When you look at the proportion of wealth held by each quintile it shows the poorest three quintiles the lower class the lower middle class and the middle class were largely unchanged in the proportion of wealth held since 1999 3 When you compare the income gap and wealth gap it shows the richest 20 of Canadian families capture almost 50 of all income while holding almost 70 of all net worth Meanwhile even the poorest of families have a measurable share of income thanks to Canada s tax and transfer system but they have no measurable share of wealth Canada s health care just lost 36B in funding On March 31st the Harper Conservatives did not renew the Health Care Accord which is a deal between the federal government and the provinces that ensures proper funding equal access and high standards for the health care we all rely on Prime Minister Harper has always wanted to replace public care with an American style for profit system He made his career by leading the National Citizen s Coalition an organization founded by a wealthy insurance broker determined to destroy Canada s medicare With less funding from the federal government cash starved provinces will now face intense pressure to let America s for profit companies buy into Canada s system and give Canadians worse care for higher prices 94 of Canadians support national public health care Watch a Canadian expert defend Canada s health care system in U S congress Gender gap in Ontario remains stubbornly high A recovery strategy that aims to put Ontario back where it was in 2007 means no progress for women says a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives called Ontario s Gender Gap Women and Jobs Post Recession Ontario s gender pay gap according to latest Statistics Canada figures is 31 based on all male and female average annual earnings including part time workers According to the report young women were among the biggest losers during the recession experiencing nearly double the rate of decline in their employment as young men The numbers of women who stayed in the workforce after age 65 doubled between 2007 2013 Single mothers with children under six saw the biggest increase among parents in their rate of unemployment from 11 in 2007 to 17 in 2010 CCPA recommends

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  • Labour News Round-up, March 10 - March 24 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    you have here is a mass firing of workers by taking away their licences said B C Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair This is unheard of in Canadian history The workers most of them racialized have been fighting to improve long wait times and undercutting by other drivers Binding arbitration could decide CN contract CN Rail and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference are still trying to reach a new collective agreement after workers rejected a second agreement by a slim margin In case the bargaining fails CN Rail has proposed binding arbitration which the Teamsters have agreed to with some conditions Concerns for the union include ensuring measures around safety and fatigue management upmost in workers minds since the oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic Quebec in 2013 are respected by CN Rail The federal government looms in the background having indicated in early February that it will push through back to work legislation if the union decides to strike Callers to EI helpline being sidelined The employment insurance helpline that s supposed to assist people who need EI has a huge backlog meaning many people are not getting assistance according to government records The problems in service coincide with federal cuts to the call centres which has seen a drop in funding of 200 million since 2010 and a down sizing of nearly 2500 workers Corporate Canada leading G7 countries in stashing away dead money A report produced by the International Monetary Fund shows that Canadian corporations are stashing away more dead money than any other G7 country According to the report the increase in corporations cash holdings in Canada has been the fastest among G7 countries since the mid 2000s which undermines the Conservative and Liberal claim that huge tax cuts are needed to boost investment and

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  • Labour News Round-up, March 4 - March 10 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    celebrate International Women s Day on March 8 The day is an opportunity to celebrate the women s movement s many achievements but also call for greater progress towards the journey to gender equality This year s key themes focused on raising the minimum wage protecting public services and fairness for young women who struggle to find decent jobs and housing while burdened by high student debt Canada has a generation of young people who are coming of age in a changing job market where 40 of people in the GTA work in precarious jobs without security or benefits It s hard to get a full time job housing is expensive and we have high student debt says Viktoria Bitto If we want to start our lives and start a family how do we pay for child care she says Bitto was one of many women who was interviewed as part of a report on precarious work and women called Working Women Working Poor released on March 6 Members can download photos of IWD rallies on our website Thanks Workers Action Centre and Tony Tracy for the photos Activists Protest Unpaid Internships Activists opposing unpaid internships rallied in Toronto on February 28 to call upon Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa to take action on the issue in the next budget Organized by Stop Unpaid Internships in Ontario over twenty protesters stood outside of St Paul s Anglican Church in downtown Toronto where Sousa was holding a consultation meeting about the upcoming Ontario budget Labour lawyer Andrew Langille says the vast majority of unpaid internships in Ontario outside of those for school are illegal Unpaid internships are a national issue The University of Toronto Student Union estimates as many as 300 000 people are working for free as interns across Canada Canada s Retirement System is Failing Canadians Canada s retirement income system may work well for the mutual fund industry but it s failing individual Canadians says a study called Risky Business released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives CCPA The study found Old Age Security and the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans can be credited for substantial reduction in poverty among seniors especially senior women In contrast the Risky Business study found private workplace pensions have been a conspicuous failure Just over 11 of private sector workers belong to a defined benefit pension plan Touted as the retirement savings option for middle income Canadians RRSPs have not filled the gap When stacked up against the realistic alternative of an expanded Canada Quebec Pension Plan RRSPs deliver an inferior and unreliable product at more than twice the cost Canada s job numbers are worse than you thinkEvery month Statistics Canada releases the country s headline unemployment numbers Last month s statistics reveal a job market that continues to splutter with 7 000 jobs being lost overall in February But a new report released by Canadian Labour Congress economist Angela MacEwen shows the situation is actually worse than these headlines

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