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by Brian McDougall, retired CAPE member and August Anderson, federal public service worker and union activist

As the progressive paint on the Trudeau Liberals continues to flake off, relations between the federal government and its 270,000 public service workforce have reached new lows.

For the past three and a half years, the Liberal government has illegally broken the contract with many tens of thousands of its federal public service employees every two weeks, by underpaying, overpaying, or, in some cases, not paying them at all.

As a consequence, the Trudeau government may soon face strike action over the pay issue by the largest federal public service union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

The Liberals and PSAC are locked in a game of chicken: a government that is sinking in the polls and cannot afford a pre-election strike versus a union that may not be able to mobilize its angry, though badly demoralized and disengaged, members. Read more!


By Emily Leedham

From May 8-11, 2019, Winnipeg unions hosted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference: inviting union members, labour activists and leaders from across Canada to reflect on the history for the general strike, and apply its lessons to the present and future of the labour movement.

This episode compiles audio from the disability and labour rights panel. Read more!


By James Chumsa

Vancouver Island sawmill workers employed by Western Forest Products (WFP) are on strike. About 3,000 employees organized with United Steel Workers Local 1-1937 are picketing to save their pensions, seniority rights, and Long Term Disability from being cut by WFP along with several other benefits. Read more!


By Bianca Cunningham

“Three years ago I was at a union meeting and a member stood up and asked why we got such good pay and benefits as Saskatoon Co-op employees,” said Jodi Smith, a member of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400.

“Grant Wicks, now the general manager of the co-op, answered that the employees were worth it—they were trained well, customer service was excellent. We all left this meeting with tears in our eyes, feeling appreciated.” Read more!

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