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TOWARDS A WORKING CLASS FEMINISM IN THE FIGHT FOR $15

By Emily Leedham

While we can share many facts and statistics about low-wage work as a feminist issue, our organizing practices within the labour movement needs to reflect the reality that women deserve autonomy in every step of this fight.

You might know women represent over 60% of minimum wage workers across Canada.

And that women make 74 cents for every dollar men make – with the gender wage gap being much larger for women of colour, Indigenous women, and women with disabilities. Read more!


ORGANIZING FOR A NATIONAL TRANSIT STRATEGY POST GREYHOUND, JUSTIN PANOS ATU CANADA

Today on the show Justin Panos, national organizer with the Amalgamated Transit Union Canada, talks organizing on the Prairies – post-Greyhound.

ATU Canada is an umbrella organization of 40 transit locals of approximately 34,000 transit professionals. ATU Canada will be doing a tour of the western provinces starting in April. Read more!


WORKERS AT NEWCOMER WOMEN'S SERVICES IN TORONTO ARE FIGHTING FOR DECENT PAY

By Haseena Manek

“The best thing about this whole process has been an awakening among the workers,” said Local 518 President Elizabeth Wickwire in an email to Rank and File. “It is from small moments like this that I think the broader movement for workers’ rights is built. So, when people talk about fighting ‘Doug Ford’ or other larger foes, I always think it begins here, in supporting the workers, even at an agency as small (but fierce) as ours.” Read more!


STRIKE WAVE WINS RAISES FOR MEXICAN FACTORY WORKERS

By Paolo Marinaro and Dan DiMaggio

Mexican maquiladora workers in 70 factories have won big wage increases and bonuses in a strike wave that began in January.

The strikes in the industrial city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border with Brownsville, Texas, have primarily hit auto parts factories, where tens of thousands of workers make goods for General Motors and other car manufacturers. Read more!

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