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Category: Labour in the News


SASKATCHEWAN’S 2017 AUSTERITY BUDGET

By Andrew Stevens and Charles Smith Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget landed with an unenthusiastic thud last week. Riddled with cuts, job losses, public sector wage reductions, and tax increases, the Saskatchewan Party’s austerity budget has garnered few friends, with critics ranging…

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Beyond Bread and Butter

Jacobin, December 27 When we think of strikes, we usually think of disputes over wages and benefits. Strikes make the case that it’s easier for bosses to pay workers more than to run a company without them. But unions often…

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STRIKING YORK FOOD SERVICE WORKERS WIN $15 AND FAIRNESS

Posted March 9, 2017  By Alia Karim and David Bush On Monday striking York food service workers, represented by Unite Here Local 75, voted to accept their new contract. The workers went on strike for and won a $15/hour starting…

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Cap employee compensation, Sask. government tells school boards

Province looking for help tackling $1B deficit CBC News Posted: Jan 16, 2017 12:03 PM CTLast Updated: Jan 16, 2017 12:03 PM CT Education Minister Don Morgan ordered school boards to look for ways to reduce compensation costs in a…

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Sask. Party Government Must Remove Failed ‘Supervisory Exclusions’ From Legislation

January 19, 2017 The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is urging the Sask. Party government to remove its failed ‘supervisory exclusions’ from the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA), before it causes anymore distress for workers and wasted taxpayers’ dollars. On January…

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2016: THE CANADIAN LABOUR MOVEMENT IN REVIEW

By Doug Nesbitt It’s been a year of bruising battles and bully governments for Canadian workers. But despite all this, there have always been glimpses of what’s possible when workers organize and fight. During the October 2015 federal election, millions…

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Career Advice for Newly Minted Workers

Beware the ‘hope economy.’ Flee if you hear ‘do what you love.‘ An American academic has written a book that may just be the perfect piece of career advice for this spring’s small army of graduates: Do What You Love:…

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Strike of the century: University of Manitoba and faculty association frustrated by stalled talks

By: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski For Metro Published   If there’s a single thing both the University of Manitoba and its faculty association can agree upon, it’s that both sides are “incredibly frustrated” with stalled conciliation talks, says University of Manitoba Faculty Association…

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Day of Action – November 2, 2016

Students are mobilizing across the country for a new vision for post-secondary education in Canada. ASPA made a monetary contribution to the Canadian Federation of Students’ in solidarity of its Day of Action, November 2nd.  More: http://www.cfs-fcee.ca/the_issues  and https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/students-call-free-education-receives-090000177.html

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Work Life Balance – Flex Time

June 30, 2016 How a Flex-Time Program at MIT Improved Productivity, Resilience, and Trust by Peter Hirst In today’s increasingly competitive hiring market, organizations need to think differently about how to attract new employees and retain existing ones. Unfortunately, many…

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