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LIBERALS MOVING SLOWLY ON DEALING WITH UNPAID INTERNSHIPS

By Haseena Manek

Federal restrictions on unpaid internships are being pushed further and further back on the federal agenda. It was announced last month that the Trudeau government is pushing back plans to regulate unpaid internships to 2019. This would put this issue very close to the next federal election, and bring it up to four years after Trudeau initially addressed it in his campaign leading up to the 2015 election.

Recent news reports note the fact that following the campaign promise to crackdown on unpaid internships, consultations with the Canadian Intern Association fell through at the end of 2015. Rankandfile.ca spoke to Will Webb, the Canadian Intern Association’s Director of Law Reform to ask if Trudeau’s Liberals truly are balking at campaign promises and find out why consultations ended in 2015. Read more!


BASIC INCOME AND BUILDING WORKING CLASS POWER

On this week’s edition of Rank and File Radio – Prairies Edition, host Emily Leedham speaks with two guests.

First, Calgarian Nicole Montford from NationalizeBusRoutes.ca discusses the campaign and the days of action planned September 1-3 calling for nationalized intercity transit.

Second, David Bush, editor at RankandFile.ca, talks about Ontario’s cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project, and what it means for Prairie provinces pushing for Basic Income programs of their own. Read more!


CFIB STOKES EMPLOYER ANGER ABOUT ALBERTA WCB PREMIUMS

By Bob Barnetson

Like most employer lobby groups, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) has been resistant to changes to Alberta’s workers’ compensation system. Most recently, they have been trying to whip up anger about workers’ compensation board (WCB) surplus payments for employers.

To understand what is going on, you need a basic understanding of how workers compensation works and how it is funded. Read more!


JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE WORKERS: 'MANY OF US HAVE STUCK AROUND BECAUSE THE WORK IS SO POWERFUL

By Robert Devet

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Employees of the Community Justice Society (CJS) have been on strike since July 30, looking for something closer to equity with government probation workers, whose jobs are very similar.

However, the workers have no quarrel with their employer. They are looking at the provincial government to offer a solution. Read more!

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