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CONTRACT FACULTY FIGHT FORD'S ATTACK ON BILL 148

By Zaid Noorsumar

Tanya d’Anger has been teaching at Ontario’s colleges since 2000. Her CV lists some of the most renowned institutions in the province as her employers. And yet, the 59-year old reapplies for work at the end of every semester. For 18 years, she has remained a contract faculty member who earns lower rates than permanent staff.

This semester, d’Anger is working 60 to 70 hours a week at two colleges. Read more!


CUPW PRESIDENT MIKE PALACEK & JAMES HUTT TALK STRIKES AND DELIVERING COMMUNITY POWER

Today on the show, Mike Palecek, the president for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. On Monday, October 22, CUPW commenced rotating 24 hour strikes across the country.

CUPW has been at the bargaining table since November 2017. Michael Keefe writes at RankandFile.ca:

“On September 7, after over 9 months of negotiations, Canada Post made its first offer to the union, which was full of rollbacks. The union countered their offer on September 14. Canada Post didn’t respond to the counter offer for almost 4 weeks. Read more!


WHO'S REALLY ABUSING PAID SICK DAYS?

By Jesse McLaren

Ontario’s Bill 148 includes 10 Personal Emergency Leave (PEL) days, the first two of which are paid, and an end to sick notes for minor illnesses. But Ontario Premier Doug Ford considers these minor reforms “disastrous.” With his government’s proposed Bill 47, Ford wants to bring back sick notes, eliminate the paid days, cut PEL days to eight and restrict them further — allowing only three for personal illness, three for family duties and two for bereavement. So you better get out your calendar and carefully plan out your medical emergency, family deaths and other unexpected crises for the year. Read more!


WHAT WOULD UCP LABOUR POLICY ENTAIL?

By Michael Keefe

With a provincial election expected in the spring of 2019, it is useful to consider what labour policies Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) might advance if they are elected. Analysis is made tricky because, (1) while the UCP passed policy at a convention (which should be binding on the party due to Jason Kenney’s grass-roots guarantee), (2) Kenney announced “he holds the pen” on policies after the convention passed some super embarrassing ones.

To try and get a handle on what UCP labour policy might look like in practice Read more!

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