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  • The Educator September 2013 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    Review The Trouble with Billionaires Analysis of Counselling Services in Ontario Colleges Part 2 Book Review Measuring the Value of a Postsecondary Education Online Learning Committee Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a spokesperson and how to get the media to cover your issue Facebook User login Username Password Request

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/pdf/2013/educator-september-2013 (2015-04-05)
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  • Jerry Dias says it’s time to “start playing offense” | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    balance It helped that his mother was a member of the Toronto bookbinders union a former CEP union If my father is the CAW and my mother came from CEP I guess that rightfully makes me Unifor he said The crowd responded with cheers Dias was first elected at the age of 20 as a shop steward for CAW at de Havilland His father was a CAW activist and his wife was the vice chair for the CAW local at the Winnipeg airport His four children who invited on stage during his speech are among the age cohort with the highest unemployment rates in Canada Referencing their future he argued that Unifor needs to fight for young workers rights and protections Society has betrayed the hopes and dreams of our young people he said Y oung people are getting screwed and they re just not going to take it any more He said that movements like Idle No More Occupy and the student strike in Québec demonstrate that when young people are frustrated and oppressed they fight back Dias highlighted his passion for fighting violence against women and said that Unifor should be a strong advocate against violence against women It isn t just a women s issue it s a men s issue too It s all of our issues Dias targeted the Harper government and reminded delegates that the economic crisis of 2008 was brought about by greed and a system of globalized capitalism The wealth is trickling up austerity is trickling down he said Rampant capitalism is on the offensive even though they just screwed up so bad Old style corporate greed caused the recession Even beyond the latest recession Dias argued that the deterioration of people s living standards was by design This decline is not

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2013/jerry-dias-says-it%E2%80%99s-time-%E2%80%9Cstart-playing-offense%E2%80%9D-0 (2015-04-05)
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  • Expectation, hope during Unifor convention | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    a member please log in During the birth of a child family members gather around filled with hopes and dreams of their newest relation s future Endless possibilities and joy fill the room as everyone revels in the moment Once child raising starts the family realizes just how much work it is to help the child fulfill those hopes and dreams The birth of Unifor is not unlike the birth of a child and family allusions were plentiful during the launch of the new union The first day of convention was exciting The convention hall was abuzz as speakers hit every note in perfect pitch with much of the audience The schedule was thrown off course in part due to problems with the electronic voting devices and candidates running for national executive positions from the floor Delegates elected Jerry Dias as their first president with 82 per cent of the vote CAW delegate Lindsay Hinshelwood challenged Dias and made an impassioned speech from the floor imploring CAW members to reject concessions that sell out young workers With the schedule running late the day s keynote Naomi Klein was moved until Sunday morning A speech by Allan Gregg a former Progressive Conservative pollster and TVO television host helped to frame the politics of the Harper government as being deceitful and dishonest Gregg passed through a whirlwind of decisions made by the Harper government and argued that the assault on reason waged by Stephen Harper must be opposed by organized labour Unions will be judged not by your achievements at the negotiating table but by but what you do in the public square Much of the end of the day s agenda couldn t be debated and was bumped to the agenda on Sunday morning Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2013/expectation-hope-during-unifor-convention (2015-04-05)
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  • CALM broadsheet at Unifor convention | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    and CEP Check out our first broadsheet The Amp We aim to cover many more conventions and events Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need to design my website being a spokesperson and how to get the media to cover your issue Facebook User login Username Password Request new password CALM on Twitter Tweets by CanLabourMedia

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/pdf/2013/calm-broadsheet-unifor-convention (2015-04-05)
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  • Naomi Klein calls on Unifor to fight for green labour revolution | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    responding to austerity in Canada and in Greece Spain and the United States have unleashed a more radical imagination mobilized massive numbers and developed new kinds of democratic organizing but have had difficulty achieving their aims We ve occupied Wall Street and Bay Street and countless other streets And yet the attacks keep coming Klein said These movements need the durability that only organized labour can provide she argued They need your institutional strength your radical history and perhaps most of all your ability to act as an anchor so that we don t keep rising up and disappearing again Klein said We need you to be our fixed address our base so that next time we are impossible to evict Klein said that alliances with community groups and social movements already initiated by the CAW at Port Elgin last November 2012 when a hundred activists from across the country met and dialogued with labour representatives is an important start But Klein said that rejecting the neoliberal agenda is not enough the labour movement needs a compelling vision of its own We can t just reject their lies We need truths so powerful that their lies can t survive contact with them We can t just reject their project We need our own project Klein called Stephen Harper s main project extractivism a single minded natural resource extraction agenda for which he has sacrificed the manufacturing base of the country and attacked worker s most basic collective rights Klein s argument is that climate change is an argument vividly demonstrating the failutre of this logic of continual extraction and profit Climate change is a powerful message spoken in the language of fires floods storms and droughts telling us that we need a whole new economic model one based on justice and sustainability Klein said She suggested that solutions to climate change are already at the heart of many of the labour movement s existing demands and in fact vindicate much of what the left has been working towards for decades Addressing climate change will require a revival and reinvention of the public sphere with clean and affordable transport energy efficient housing major investment in infrastructure a transformation that could create millions of new high paying jobs It would also require expanding those sectors of work that are low carbon like personal care sanitation and service sector workers Klein cited a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report that compared the public value from a 5 billion investment in a pipeline like the Enbridge Gateway to the same amount of money invested in green industrial development While the pipeline might offer short term construction jobs it would also lead to big private sector profits and devastating public costs for future environmental damage But spending that same money on public transit building retrofits and renewable energy would create at least three times as many jobs as well as a safer future To achieve this would require breaking every rule in the free market

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2013/naomi-klein-calls-unifor-fight-green-labour-revolution (2015-04-05)
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  • Labour News Round-up, August 12 - August 25 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    are employed at the Canadian division of Anheuser Busch InBev brewing corporation which has after tax profits of more than 9 billion The Labatt imports being targeted for boycott include Stella Artois Becks and Lowenbrau This multi national company is trying in St John s to impose concessions and roll backs on its employees which would establish a precedent for its other unionized workers across the globe said CLC President Ken Georgetti Poor water management by Ontario and BC criticized and challenged Groups condemned Nestlé the world s largest food corporation for drawing more than 230 million litres of water from British Columbia for free and called on the provincial government to improve their system of water management BC s outdated water legislation allows private water mining agricultural and natural gas companies to tap BC s groundwater without paying Meanwhile in Ontario the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal dismissed a motion to approve a proposed deal between Nestlé and the government that would have exempted the corporation from water restrictions during droughts at a well it owns in Wellington County This is a shot across the bow at provincial governments who are not issuing permits for water with precaution front and centre in their thinking said an EcoJustice lawyer Conservative government misleading public about Verizon s entry into Canadian market The Communications Energy Paperworkers union called on the federal government to create a Crown corporation to become Canada s fourth telecommunications company as American telecom giant Verizon looks to enter the Canadian market Newly minted Industry Minister James Moore is travelling across Canada to drum up support for a new wireless carrier claiming that the entry of another corporation will mean lower cellphone rates for Canadians but the union argued that a Crown corporation would be the best way reduce fees CEP President Dave Coles also warned that allowing Verizon into Canada would place Canadians at risk as Verizon was exposed by the National Security Association leaks as giving private customer information to U S authorities University of Windsor unions in talks More than 1 100 University of Windsor employees represented by five unions have started the process of bargaining new collective agreements one that expired as long ago as April 1 With the school year starting soon talks of strikes have already circulated One local CUPE Local 1001 voted 88 per cent in favour of striking At issue for that union is the university s decision to contract out food services CUPE Local 1393 voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike with their strike date set for Sept 8 Steelworkers threaten to end support of taxi union Hamilton taxi workers are struggling with internal chaos in their workers union A meeting had been called to challenge the leadership of Ejaz Butt president of the Ontario Taxi Workers Union OTWU but it was shut down by police before motions were considered In advance of the meeting Butt said he would refuse to recognize the vote arguing that he had

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2013/labour-news-round-august-12-august-25 (2015-04-05)
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  • Labour New Round-up, July 29 - August 11 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    PAFSO Treasury Board president Tony Clement found himself in a Twitter war with the president of the PAFSO during Ontario s August long weekend PAFSO president Tim Edwards challenged Clement asking why the government has refused to submit their offer to the arbitrator without paralyzing conditions Edwards said that his union is waiting on a ruling of whether the federal government has bargained in bad faith TransCanada s job creation claims questioned Critics questioned TransCanada s claims that its new tar sands pipeline proposal Energy East which would carry Alberta crude to eastern Canada could create massive economic benefits pointing to the inflated claims supporters used to promote the Keystone XL in the United States US President Obama recently sided with critics of the Keystone XL saying the amount of jobs created for that pipeline 2000 during construction and 50 over the long term would be a blip in the overall economy TransCanada and Prime Minister Harper have insisted the pipeline would result in anywhere from 20 000 and 40 000 jobs CAW s Lewenza to step down as new mega union emerges Jerry Dias will stand for president of Unifor at the union s founding convention in Toronto Formed by the merger of the Canadian Autoworkers and the Communications Energy Paperworkers Union the August convention will be the end of the terms of the two unions current presidents Dave Coles and Ken Lewenza Along with Dias a slate will be running for all the positions comprised of workers that reflect a mix of the two unions A list of the candidates running on the slate was announced at a press conference on Thursday Richmond Ikea union rejects latest offer Workers at an IKEA store in Richmond BC unanimously rejected management s most recent offer Their contract expired in 2012 and the dispute has lasted three months starting when IKEA locked out the 350 workers The most recent offer would have changed the workers pay structure forcing employees to work longer to make the maximum rate of pay It also included a clause that their pay would be contingent in part on the store s performance Workers argued that management can control the store s performance and so their salaries would be at the whim of management s business decisions Lac Mégantic disaster proves deregulation is a failed experiment NDP MP and Transportation Critic Olivia Chow argued that the era of corporate deregulation needs to stop especially in the wake of the oil train explosion in Lac Mégantic Québec Chow asked why Transport Canada s recommendations to improve rail safety over the years have been ignored by the government and corporations She pointed to this tragedy as well as ones over drinking water in Walkterton Ontario and tainted meat from Alberta slaughterhouses as examples of deregulation run rampant The train company responsible for the disaster the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in the United States likely protecting itself from having to pay for

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2013/labour-new-round-july-29-august-11 (2015-04-05)
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  • Labour News, July 21 - July 28 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    that the federal government hold an inquiry into the more than 500 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada Thousands protest the Council of the Federation for better healthcare Thousands also protested outside the Council of the Federation calling on the premiers to push the federal government to improve rather than further undermine the public healthcare system The Harper Conservatives plan to chop 36 billion in funding to the provinces from the Health Care Accord over the next ten years which will result in cuts and privatization of services hospital overcrowding and two tiered care and a higher burden for women poor and working class people Polls indicate that 87 per cent of Canadians support a strengthened public health care system which could happen through financially sustainable increases in program spending and transfers to provinces Canada also remains the only industrialized country with a public health care system that doesn t have a pharmacare plan Referendum called in Regina to vote on water privatization Citizens of Regina won a victory last Monday when city councilors voted in favour of holding a referendum on the question of privatizing Regina s sewage treatment facilities The vote occurred after a petition with 24 000 signatures demanding the referendum were rejected by the city clerk because some of the forms were missing the year 2013 The referendum will ask citizens if they want their waste water facility to be publicly funded EI whistleblower disciplined Sylvie Therrien an EI compliance worker was suspended for blowing the whistle on quotas that EI monitors were expected to meet According to Therrien these quotas were unfair and amounted to squeezing deserving EI recipients for money that they should have to or couldn t afford to pay The government said that the expected thresholds were not actually quotas but the amount of waste that they expected compliance officers to be able to find Therrien had been disciplined for not reaching this quota in early 2013 NDP MP Charlie Angus blasted the federal government for ignoring their promise to protect whistleblowers a promise they made in 2006 in the wake of the sponsorship scandal Canada 20th of 34 in job creation OECD Canada has sunk lower in global job creation rankings according to a regular OECD release undermining the Conservatives claim that Canada s labour market has recovered from the recession or done better than most other countries The OECD s statistics on employment rates dropped Canada further down the list to 20th out of 34 countries Canada s labour market which has a 61 9 per cent employment rate has not made it back to pre recession employment rates of 63 8 per cent Temporary Foreign Workers doubled despite high levels of unemployment Despite high levels of unemployment in Canada the number of temporary foreign workers has more than doubled in the past six years The research was compiled by the Conference Board of Canada to ask why the federal government relies on external workers when there a clear

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2013/labour-news-july-21-july-28 (2015-04-05)
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