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ONTARIO EDUCATION WORKERS INCH CLOSER TO STRIKE POSITION

By Haseena Manek

Last week, negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ (CUPE) bargaining agent the Ontario School Board Council of Union (OSBCU) and the province move to mediation as bargaining makes no progress for the 55,000 education workers CUPE represents across Ontario.

RankandFile.ca spoke with OSBCU President Laura Walton about the role of the government and Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA) in the lack of progress in negotiations.

“We have done as much as we possibly can,” she says. “We have come up with solutions, we have heard concerns, we have offered alternatives. But we’re not willing to take less for our members who are already making less than they were making five years ago. We’re not willing to do that. And I don’t think the public undervalues us in the same way that we’re seeing from the government and or from the [CTA].” Read more!


PUTTING CLIMATE JUSTICE ON THE BARGANING TABLE

By Emily Leedham

James Hutt, senior manager of programming at the Leap, discusses ongoing work to connect labour and climate justice movements. Read more!


NOVA SCOTIA'S WORKERS ARE FALLING BEHIND

By Lisa Cameron

In August, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released their report “A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats”, making several recommendations to improve existing employment legislation in Nova Scotia. This 2019 report is a follow-up to the 2012 CCPA report, and provides and updated and in-depth critique of the laws currently governing employment relationships in the province. Read more!


MANITOBA ELECTION RESULTS CRITICAL TO UNIONS

By Chelsea Kemp

The party that wins the Manitoba election on Sept. 11 will prove crucial to ensuring unions in the province can defend the rights of their workers.

Changes have occurred under the Pallister government that has negatively affected many of UFCW’s members, Local 832 president Jeff Traeger said. Read more!

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