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  • Walmart At 50 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    Falling Apart Thank Walmart The article pointed out how Walmart s price undercutting and the shoddy construction of the products it sells have forced retailers to compete by lowering the quality of their merchandise Since 1994 apparel prices have fallen 39 per cent but the quality has fallen as well meaning that consumers end up discarding the products quickly creating a endless revenue stream for the retailers but polluting the environment The offshoring of manufacturing and the general demise of union wage jobs in the U S have forced Americans to shop for cheaper goods Walmart has taken full advantage They have forced some manufacturers to make separate cheaper lines to sell in their stores Seeking the higher quality product at a department store when an identical looking but more cheaply made version is available at the big box store seems foolish to the consumer The store s reputation for quality suffers and Wal Mart demolishes another competitor The manufacturer then depends more and more on Walmart to keep their business afloat and must accede to their demands Manufacturers who try to resist are marginalized and Walmart wins Walmart largest recipient of social services in U S Workers at Walmart are paid so little that now over 2 66 billion in food stamps and other taxpayer assistance goes to Wal Mart employees approximately 420 000 per store It is estimated that as many as 80 per cent of Walmart employees in some stores qualify for food stamps Walmart s health care plans don t cover hundreds of thousands of associates In 2009 Walmart claimed that 52 per cent of associates were covered under their healthcare plan They ve refused to disclose coverage rates for their 1 4 million U S employees since then Walmart stopped offering health insurance to part

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/walmart-50 (2015-04-05)
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  • US-style Labour Reforms may Jump Border | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    of public sector compensation According to Province columnist Michael Smyth they are considering a compensation equity law that would index future public sector wage hikes to private sector wage rates So just like Wisconsin or Ohio this made in B C legislation could significantly undermine collective bargaining by legislating wage controls for public employees According to a 2011 Canadian Union of Public Employees cross country study public sector wages have a five per cent edge over the private sector If restricting collective bargaining was not bad enough there is another tool making a comeback in the U S that threatens the collective power of unions Last February Indiana adopted legislation allowing unionized workers to opt out of paying union dues More popularly described by anti union advocates as right to work laws these reforms as American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr once noted rob us of our civil rights and job rights Right to work laws legally entrench the problem of what legal scholars call free riders those workers who receive the benefit of collective bargaining through better wages and working conditions but do not have to pay for them For unions in the 23 American states that have right to work laws on the books labour s strength has been considerably weakened Moreover wages and benefits for all workers are lower in right to work states A 2011 Economic Policy Institute study found that wages in these states are 3 2 per cent lower about 1 500 less income annually for a full time worker Plus the rate of employer sponsored pensions is 4 8 per cent lower and employer sponsored health insurance is 2 6 per cent down Indiana became the 23rd state to adopt right to work legislation Since 2010 conservative movements in New Hampshire

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/us-style-labour-reforms-may-jump-border (2015-04-05)
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  • A Life Changing Journey | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    other special needs as well says Steele From there you become aware that hundreds thousands of children are failing to reach their potential because we as a society have other priorities And then you learn about the plight of vulnerable adults and aging families and realize that a whole bunch of people are being turned into victims For Steele that knowledge was life changing It opened up a new awareness of social justice issues She knew fighting the Campbell government cuts needed formal advocacy so she connected with other parents to form a provincial advocacy group Moms on the Move There we were literally a bunch of middle class moms who had never been activists and who were nervous about taking to the streets recalls Steele MoMs quickly seized on the potential offered by email and the internet and later social media to reach out to the media politicians and the public Most important was the ability to connect families who were isolated and MoMs quickly became the province s largest network for families of adults and children with special needs Looking back Steele says she and others met with every Minister for Children and Families over the past decade And the most depressing thing was that even when someone expressed a commitment they d be moved They just kept passing the football on to someone else It s been a revolving door a wasted decade keeping busy with restructuring that s gone nowhere Through it all Steele and others carried their advocacy forward even though they were at odds with some in the community living movement who believed a new crown agency Community Living BC would deliver better services We felt it was smoke and mirrors and remained skeptical she says Today her advocacy has taken her into an

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/life-changing-journey (2015-04-05)
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  • October 7: World Day for Decent Work | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    days old are available only to CALM members Click here to find out about the benefits of membership If you are a member please log in From dawn in Fiji to sunset in Hawaii workers from more than 100 countries will take part in a global day of action to demand stronger government action for economic recovery job creation for young people decent working conditions and full respect for workers rights World Day for Decent Work 2012 co ordinated by the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC will highlight the growing trend of precarious employment where workers face temporary insecure and transient conditions especially for young workers Youth unemployment is as high as 60 per cent in some countries and a whole generation of young people faces exclusion from the labour market This is a social and economic time bomb The crisis and the inability or unwillingness of governments to restore jobs and growth is having a particularly brutal impact on young people Official figures show that 75 million young people are without jobs across the world many millions more are trapped in informal or precarious work and tens of millions of new job seekers have no prospect of finding work or education and training to equip them for work in the future said Sharan Burrow General Secretary of the ITUC People taking part in World Day for Decent Work include young workers in Spain affected by austerity measures and Brazilian workers constructing the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic stadia Event listings by country will be available on the website Photos and videos will be also be available as actions take place on or around October 7 www wddw org Follow on Twitter wddw Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/october-7-world-day-decent-work (2015-04-05)
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  • United Ways and Unions have long history together | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    and there are currently 47 labour staff in 37 communities across Canada linking unions United Ways and communities www unitedway ca our partners labour We traditionally think of United Ways as an organizations that raises funds for a variety of agencies But in 2003 the United Ways changed their movement wide mission to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action Experience had made it clear that solely focusing on the fulfillment of immediate needs such as hunger meant those needs would only be addressed in the short term The key to sustained change as unions know is to address the underlying causes United Ways continue to challenge themselves and those they fund to engage in creative work that both looks after those in need and tackles root causes In 2011 United Ways adopted a new brand or way of describing the approach they take to community work Under the slogan Change Starts Here United Ways endorsed three main areas of work From poverty to possibility includes initiatives intended to move people out of poverty and to meet basic human needs such as food and shelter Healthy people strong communities is aimed at improving access to social and health related support services supporting resident and community involvement and supporting community integration and settlement All That Kids Can Be seeks to improve access to early childhood learning and development programs help kids do well at school and complete high school and help them make a healthy transition to adulthood and post secondary education To find out what your local United Way is doing please visit unitedway ca and type in your postal code Although United Ways are charities as defined by the Income Tax Act they prefer to be considered community impact organizations Charities help people who

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/united-ways-and-unions-have-long-history-together (2015-04-05)
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  • B.C. government workers stage one-day strike | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    is not listening We have no choice but to send a clear message on September 5 there can be no more falling behind for all government workers said BCGEU President Darryl Walker We ve not taken the decision to strike lightly Our last strike in direct government was over 20 years ago Since 2010 B C government workers have suffered a real wage cut of five percent The government s last offer which has been withdrawn would see pay cheques fall further behind inflation Our professional members have in almost all cases chosen public service because of their commitment to serving the public said Scott McCannell PEA Executive Director Without some protections to stop a clear trend of downsizing licensed professionals in the public service the public interest will not be served Our members will be taking job action for the first time in their 38 year history to send a message to the government that this issue needs to be addressed and that we need a fair settlement We ve exhausted our other options with ICBC and the provincial government said COPE 378 President David Black Our members have spent over two years without a collective agreement doing more

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/bc-government-workers-stage-one-day-strike (2015-04-05)
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  • National Day of Action in support of public services Saturday, September 15 | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    the country will be demonstrating their support for public services and talking about how the cuts are affecting all Canadians We ll be talking about the impact on economies about rural communities alongside national parks historic sites and canals whose economies are being hit by cuts to visitor seasons and about small businesses in big cities which are losing public service workers as customers We ll be talking about the impact on services Canadians rely on about how cuts are hurting seniors the unemployed and veterans and putting food safety at risk We ll also talk about how cuts to seach and rescue along our coastlines are putting lives at risk Canadians from all walks of life are feeling the impact of federal cuts we ll be sharing their stories and protesting these cuts Join us in standing together for public services Check out your PSAC regional office Facebook page or web site for news on how you can participate Check out weareallaffected ca and follow us on Twitter at weareallaffected We are all affected On est tous touchés Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training Conference in Toronto Workshops included help I need

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/national-day-action-support-public-services-saturday-september-15 (2015-04-05)
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  • Young workers being left behind | Canadian Association of Labour Media
    Congress says that too many young workers are unemployed and they risk being left behind in a Canadian economy that looks increasingly sluggish According to Statistics Canada there were 1 377 000 unemployed Canadians in July and the unemployment rate was 7 3 per cent In the 15 to 24 age group unemployment stood at 14 3 per cent and 46 9 per cent of young workers are employed only part time Many young workers come out of school or training programs with high levels of debt and then cannot find jobs says CLC president Ken Georgetti If these levels of unemployment persist we are going to sacrifice a whole generation of young people and that is a shame The CLC has consistently called on Ottawa to devise a strategy that would assist in providing full time and secure employment for young workers by providing training and apprenticeship opportunities Georgetti adds that the Employment Insurance system is failing many workers in all age groups More than six out of 10 unemployed Canadians don t get Employment Insurance at all because the rules make it difficult for them to qualify These people are left to their own devices because the rules of the program are rigged against them Quick Analysis from CLC economist Angella MacEwen Employment was down by 30 000 in July with the unemployment rate rising to 7 3 per cent up from 7 2 per cent in June The job losses were concentrated in wholesale and retail trade and among women aged 55 and over Employment among 15 24 year olds is down 52 000 over 12 months ago but the unemployment rate fell to 14 3 per cent as fewer youth looked for work Media Training Conference CALM Newletter Tutorials Presentations given at the CALM Media Training

    Original URL path: http://calm.ca/article/2012/young-workers-being-left-behind (2015-04-05)
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