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QUEBEC HOSPITAL WORKERS TAKE ON AUSTERITY

By Deborah Murray and Chantal Sundaram

On January 29, at 8am, a young nurse in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Emilie Ricard, published a Facebook photo of herself in tears. It was taken after finishing a night shift at the end of which she had to cover 70-76 patients. “I am broken by my profession, I’m ashamed of the poor care that I do my best to provide. My healthcare system is sick and dying,” she said in her post.

This “cri du coeur” went viral. But one of the key reasons it did is that Ricard addressed Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette directly about the irony of the “success” of his healthcare reforms since 2014. She described a horrific situation of overwork that prevents proper treatment, and drew attention to growing contract employment in nursing, and the lack of demand even for permanent positions in situations where overwork is debilitating both to nurses and patients. Read more!


HOW BOSSES MESS WITH SERVERS' TIP

By Lydia Dobson

After being fired from her serving job on February 10 of this year, Cayley Pozza took action by posting a video on social media denouncing her employers’ illegal tip-out processes. What this video revealed is one of the many ways that restaurant owners punish servers for speaking out against illegal practices. Read more!


HOW TEMPORARY ARE TEMPORARY WORKERS?

By Bob Barnetson

Over time, Canada has seen a large increase in the number of temporary migrant workers. In 1996, there were ~53,000 temporary workers in Canada. This number increased to ~310,000 in 2015 (green line).

There are several program streams under which temporary workers can come to Canada. Broadly speaking, these fall into two categories. Read more!


CUPE 2424 PREPARES PENSION PLAN FIGHT AT CARLETON U

By Rick Telfer

OTTAWA — Over 900 administrative, technical, and library workers at Carleton University are preparing for a fight with the university administration in response to the administration’s demand to eliminate collective agreement language that guarantees a defined benefit pension plan for workers. Read more!

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