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  • COPE 378 Fights to Save Local Vet Clinic | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    pets on the North Shore Now Associate Veterinary Clinics Ltd a subsidiary of American corporation VCA Antech has taken over the practice and decided to close the hospital on September 6 2013 Over 8 000 clients on the North Shore will lose their family vet and over 30 staff and doctors will be out of work This isn t the first time Associate Veterinary Clinics has shut down a local pet hospital and isn t likely to be the last They bought then closed the Cottage Cat Clinic a vet clinic on lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver and the Cat Hospital in West Vancouver They also bought and closed two pet clinics in Vancouver s Champlain Heights and Dunbar neighbourhoods Associate Veterinary Clinics is very aggressive about their bottom line After they took over the Capilano Pet Hospital prices went up and the staff were directed to charge clients top dollar for everything Staff lost the ability to give frequent clients with high needs pets breaks on fees You can click here to sign the petition to send Associate Veterinary Clinics a message put pets before profits and keep the Capilano Pet Hospital open Region British Columbia Media Training Conference

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  • Labour News Roundup - June 18 to July 1 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    profit by eroding publically owned and operated water and wastewater services through public private partnerships Opposition has been growing with P3 initiatives defeated in Abbotsford Vancouver and Regina 40 of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty CCPA study A CCPA and Save the Children Canada report showed that Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non Indigenous children Among status First Nations half of children live in dire poverty Judged by every measure of standard of life income education housing water quality and health Indigenous children trail the rest of Canada s children The report advocates the government increase funding to immediately close the gap Family advocates for changes to Ontario inquests into migrant workers deaths A family of a Jamaican worker who died on the job on a farm in Brantford challenged the Ontario Coroner s Act at the Human Rights Tribunal for excluding migrant workers from automatic public inquiries into their deaths The Act currently mandates inquests into the deaths of construction workers and miners but not migrant workers a double standard that violates their human rights according to the family Workplace situation of migrant farm workers is not improving said lawyer Farah Malik To be blunt the effect of the provision is racialized non citizen agricultural workers will continue to work in dangerous work setting Government proposes to withhold two weeks pay from public servants The federal Conservatives have circulated a proposal to claw back two weeks pay from all public sector employees arguing that this move will bring their salaries in line with how workers in the private sector are paid Starting on Jan 1 2014 all new workers will have the first two weeks of their pay withheld While the decision has yet to be made Member of Parliament Tony Clement President of the Treasury Board told the Ottawa Citizen that the proposal has been in the works for months Bell accused of breaking labour law with unpaid interns Two former interns from Bell have come forward alleging the company had them work long hours for no pay The former interns allege that the company s practice of not paying interns for core work is exploitative and should be considered illegal As a federally regulated industry the laws around what constitutes an internship are more vague than many provincial labour codes In past situations former unpaid interns have challenged their intern status and won compensation for their work Quebec construction strike negotiations ended with back to work legislation Quebec Premier Pauline Marois introduced back to work legislation to force an end to a strike by construction workers in Quebec that started on June 17 The Parti Québecois proposed that the imposed contract cover four years but it was amended to last just one year by a coalition of the Liberal and the Coalition Avenir de Québec parties The special law removes the right to strike and was criticized by Yves Ouellet spokesperson for

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  • CALM Labour news June 3-17 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    unions in order to track their political activity Elevator workers rally for support Hundreds of people rallied on June 6 to support 1 400 Toronto elevator workers on strike since May demanding four major elevator repair companies return to the bargaining table Since the strike began the companies have relied on scab labour while many of the elevator s have fallen out of compliance with the Technical Standards Safety Authority After the rally the Ministry of Labour intervened and forced management back to the bargaining table Ontario NDP bill to protect child performers passes second reading A NDP Private Members Bill to protect child actors which would consolidate the advocacy that Equity and ACTRA have done for more than a decade passed second reading in Ontario Bill 71 would require child actors to have tutoring for the first two hours of every workday protect a portion of the child s earnings in a trust fund until they turned 18 and put realistic limits on the number of hours a child should be expected to work Making precarious work more fair NDP MP Andrew Cash is working with precarious labourers artists and part time workers to create a private members bill that would better protect workers in precarious jobs He intends the bill to expand access to EI and pensions for part time workers end the use of unpaid internships enable income averaging for workers with incomes that fluctuate and restrict employers from laying off workers and re hiring them as independent contractors Gender Inequalities identified in Canadian Film The Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen CUES released a report showing that there is a serious gender gap in Canada s film and television industry with women underrepresented in the key creative positions that define Canadian content We know that a gender imbalance behind the screen shapes the stories we see on the screen said ACTRA National President Ferne Downey one of CUES founders The report suggested measures like creating a gender equality checklist for production Supreme Court ruling a victory for worker s privacy rights around alcohol testing The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that employers can t engage in mandatory random alcohol testing without negotiations which CEP hailed as a victory to protect workers privacy rights CEP had filed a grievance challenging Irving Pulp and Paper for unilaterally imposing a breathalyzer test in a workplace Random alcohol testing is a humiliating invasion of an individual s privacy that has no proven impact on workplace safety said CEP president Dave Coles Its time to work on the root causes of addiction and abuse and this demands broadly based programs that can t simply be dealt in a law and order way Canadians agree there is a better way forward for Canada Post A Stratcom poll shows that a large majority of Canadians do not support the privatization and deregulation of postal services which critics have argued the Conservative government is pursuing A majority of respondents to the poll requested by

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  • Unions and media: Will journalists save themselves? | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    the jobs of the people who create the show isn t totally insane This is cognitive dissonance at its finest and it s pervasive Uncritical PR company spun regurgitated talking points are the standard and it has resulted in a crisis of logic in the mainstream press For example when Rogers only made 466 million during its third quarter last year the Globe and Mail referred to this profit as having fallen sounding as if the company were in trouble This narrative was then posited in such a way that made its sound as if laying off hundreds of workers was justified While it might make sense for a CFO to refer to profits that are lower than the year before in negative terms profit is profit It damages the credibility of news when journalists parrot the talking points of corporate executives If collective bargaining were reported like this pay increases that were lower than last years pay increases would be reported as a pay cut If public services were reported like this tuition fee increases would be reported as compound losses for students personal assets rather than an investment in a phantom future Journalists report through this narrow and lop sided lens influencing how Canadians think about corporations profits and CEOs as if they aren t under attack from the very same forces The craziest part of this cognitive dissonance is that the media is peddling a narrative that makes possible the self destruction of the media It s a machine that is hell bent on its own suicide The snake has finally gotten a hold of its tail and starved it s eating the hell out of it It s not self destruction for everyone in the sector The corporate executives or board members who own and profit from media holdings will be fine It s self destruction for the journalist the camera operators the office cleaners and everyone else who relies on the industry s survival for a pay cheque But unlike at Bestbuy where laid off workers get laid off without warning media workers themselves are the ones creating the terrain that will lead to them delivering their own bad news Their consistent anti union pro business rhetoric is at the core of the demolition of their field While watching the steady decline the layoffs the outrage then anger and frustration that comes from journalists when they discover that they re not immune from these forces that despite their attempts at remaining unbiased clean or pure that they re still caught in neoliberalism s cross hairs I find myself deeply confused The only way to protect journalists as workers is the only way to protect anyone who is a worker develop strong unions who can fight against the destruction of the craft broaden union membership and raise members consciousness about the role they play in perpetuating the system Unions are critical to saving the asses of many people who work in telecommunications and this includes journalists

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  • The Power of Direct Action in the 1988 Illegal Nurses Strike | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    the outset demanded massive takeaways and rollbacks that union members would not accept Following the previous hospital strike in 1982 the government had removed the legal right of hospital nurses to take strike action When the employers were unwilling to compromise on their rollback proposals at the negotiating table in 1988 strike action became inevitable UNA members had reiterated the long held position their union accepts no rollbacks no concessions no regressions and no takeaways On Jan 22 UNA members were asked to vote on the question Are you willing to go on strike for an improved offer Despite an attempted intervention by the employers who persuaded the Alberta Labour Relations Board to charge the union with bargaining in bad faith and order a stop to the vote UNA held the vote anyway UNA members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action Nurses walked off the job and into the cold at 7 30 a m on Jan 25 1988 The same day the LRB presented UNA with a cease and desist order then filed rulings with the courts accusing the UNA of threatening to strike and causing a strike At this point some employers applied to the LRB for the right to cease the collection of union dues for six months The LRB hearing to address this application was not held before the end of the strike Unions from across Canada sent letters of support to UNA followed shortly by financial support Alberta Federation of Labour president Dave Werlin vowed Alberta workers would not let UNA go under financially Two days after the strike began acting Attorney General Elaine McCoy charged UNA with criminal contempt of court and individual nurses began to be served with civil contempt of court charges At the conclusion of the strike more than 75 individual charges would be heard On Jan 29 UNA was served with notice to appear at a criminal contempt hearing on Feb 1 The Alberta government demanded a 1 million fine and the seizure of UNA s funds and assets the latter based on a seldom used action from Common Law On Feb 4 a court found UNA guilty of criminal contempt of court and fined it 250 000 to be paid within five days Individual nurses were also threatened with discipline including termination if they did not return to work immediately Undeterred by the threats nurses insisted they would walk the picket lines until they secured a fair negotiated collective agreement UNA paid the 250 000 criminal contempt fine on Feb 9 and was immediately served at the courthouse with a notice of motion of a second criminal contempt charge Individual nurses began to receive termination notices on Feb 10 In late night negotiations UNA and the employers had all but agreed to the terms of a settlement but the employers refused to withdraw their application to hold back union dues and no settlement was reached Fines of up to 1 000 each for civil contempt began to be

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  • Why should the labour movement support Idle No More? | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    These changes will enable corporations to boost their profits by not having to abide by environmental protections Why should workers support Idle No More Many Indigenous people are union members Supporting our brothers and sisters in the workplace is as important as supporting the struggles in which their communities are engaged The labour movement has proudly played supportive roles in civil rights movements and Idle No More should be no exception Fighting racism within the workplace and in our communities must be at the core of our collective work Because of the relationship that Indigenous people have with the Crown a k a the federal government all Canadian citizens have the responsibility to ensure that this relationship is functioning When Stephen Harper breaks his promises or breaches his responsibility towards Indigenous people Canadians must unite and demand that he honour the Treaties or the agreements that formed the basis on which Canada was established The Treaties What are they When Canada was being carved into provinces many formal agreements were made between Indigenous communities and the Crown Those agreements allowed for Canada to exist the way it does today The Treaties outline what lands can be used for what purpose the processes that exist to negotiate changes to these agreements and other policies Many of these policies influenced the Indian Act Canada s only piece of race based legislation What do you mean Part of the problems identified by activists in the Idle No More movement is that Indians as defined by the Indian Act are treated very differently from Canadians They are subject to different rules for buying land or owning property for example The Act defines their nationality and excludes some Indigenous people because their parents and grandparents married non Indigenous people The Indian Act prevented First Nations people from voting until the 1960s and also established the Residential School System There have been numerous abuses allowed by the Act which was originally intended to eliminate Indian identity entirely The federal government has used it and other policies to try to subjugate Indigenous people this has led to familial breakdown poverty unemployment and other problems Idle No More is the result of activism that has been building across Canada for decades and is helping to awaken a new generation of activists to the possibilities of resisting these negative realities and to continue building a united movement This seems overwhelming Are there even any solutions Idle No More activists have been offering ideas and solutions throughout the campaign but the issues are complex The most pronounced one is that the relationship between the federal government and First Nations communities has to be rebuilt Stephen Harper cannot simply ignore the Treaties and pass laws that will impact First Nations people For Canadians Idle No More creates a space where everyone can demand that democracy start to work again Canadians have benefitted greatly from the Treaties industries homes and communities would not exist had they not been signed Through Idle No

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  • CALM annual conference | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    CALM conference in Edmonton Here s a copy of last year s conference schedule for you to see what kind of workshops are offered each year The sessions for this year are still being confirmed An updated schedule will be posted when its ready Comments calm112 replied on Mon 2013 02 04 12 49 Permalink date Has a date been set for the conference yet Log in to post comments calm90 replied on Wed 2013 02 06 15 49 Permalink Workshops PDF Session C is listed as Friday morning and looks like it should be Saturday morning Hope to see more details for the conference soon so our local can make its plans Log in to post comments CUPE998 replied on Tue 2013 03 19 11 21 Permalink Registration When is registration Log in to post comments 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 Most Liked Study reveals secret Canadian bank bailout 2 Infographic CEO

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  • Supporting Ontario teachers | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    is unfair and likely unconstitutional because it restricts collective bargaining rights If the legislation is eventually challenged for its constitutionality there won t be anything that can be done to change it as it won t exist any longer Really Yes This is dirty politics at its worst BIll 115 also doesn t allow for appeals to the Labour Board or a third party arbitrator No recourse exists to challenge or change the Act This is why many teachers have resorted to withholding work that they would normally do as volunteers Unfortunately students who rely on extracurriculars and the majority of teachers who love coaching or supervising clubs suffer the most The government knew that this would be teachers only recourse and are banking on it damaging teachers image with the public to lose public support What are the biggest problems with the imposed contracts These imposed contracts undercut the role of the elected School Board trustees as management to determine what they think is best for their communities It also removes teachers elected representatives from negotiating a fair contract for education workers The Ontario government is circumventing two forms of democratic representation and forcing its will on both sides of the bargaining table In addition to the wage freeze Bill 115 changes how sick days can be accrued Teachers get no vacation pay Instead they are paid for 10 months of work pro rated over 12 months Previously many teachers could bank unused sick days and have them paid out much like workers vacation days or time in lieu The new use em or lose em policy means sick days will now cost double what it used to to pay them out when factoring in the cost of sick day usage and paying for supply teachers But teachers have it pretty easy I do tough physical labour all day They play with kids As with all workers teachers are dedicated they know it is a privilege to work with advise and mentor your kids On an assembly line defective parts are thrown out but teachers cannot just discard the kids that need extra help The impact teachers have on the lives and outcomes of our children is profound If our government treats teachers like this you can bet that they will treat other workers just as poorly I m confused didn t Dalton McGuinty resign Yes but even though he s stopped all business of the Ontario Legislature since early October he decided to stay Premier until the Liberal Party s leadership race in late January Every decision that he has made since he prorogued parliament has been done without the democratic force of our government behind it It sounds like he s trying to use the teachers as a distraction Probably Remember that he resigned and prorogued government amid allegations that his party wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in the temporary closure of a gas plant in Mississauga His minister of energy Chris Bentley was facing a

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