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“A kind of super-stress”: The Experiences of a Temporary Agency Worker in Montreal

“A kind of super-stress”: The Experiences of a Temporary Agency Worker in Montreal

by Yumna Siddiqi Immigrant workers are the first to experience the shift in the labour market towards an increase in temporary work, and the reduction of permanent jobs with benefits and legally enforceable health, safety and labour standards.  Many immigrant workers obtain temporary jobs through agencies that are unregulated and fly-by-night.  R’s experiences shed light

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Lessons from the Minimum Wage Campaign in Ontario

by Martin Cooke “We asked people working minimum wage jobs what they thought the minimum wage should be,” said Deena Ladd over the phone. Deena Ladd is an organizer with the Workers Action Center in Toronto. In 2013, the Workers Action Center starting organizing to raise the minimum wage in Ontario. The coalition was able

The picket that was organized by Grassroots Women in front of St. George's Private School  to protest education privatization. PHOTO: AIYANAS ORMAND

Exposing the class divide in education

Grassroots Women picket elite private school to protest education privatization By: Aiyanas Ormond On Tuesday, September 16, about 30 people picketed St. George’s, an elite private school in Vancouver.  The picket, organized by Grassroots Women comes after more than 2 weeks of school closures as teachers in B.C. have been on strike. St. George’s is

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“THE LABOUR MOVEMENT IS BROKEN”: Union organizer claims she was fired for trying to unionize staffers and other ‘political reasons’

by Helena Epinat “The labour movement is broken.” Strong words from long-time union organiser Leanne Wilkins. Wilkins has been part of local 1000A, a local of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) for over 20 years. Wilkins was fired from her paid position in December 2013 for voicing her displeasure and exposing the hypocrisy

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Proposed changes to Canada’s Family Reunification Program to exclude many

  by Jesson Reyes In December 2013, the newly appointed Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, announced that the handful of proposed changes within the Family Reunification Program will be effective as of January 2, 2014. Together with this announcement is the assurance to the applicants of its main motives:  to decrease processing time

Deported for demanding medical treatment for a fellow worker

by Alessandro Drago Montreal | “For temporary foreign workers there are a lot of injustices,” Noé Arteaga told a room of supporters and journalists. “We want justice, not just for me… but for everyone”. Arteaga had organized a press conference at the Immigrant Workers Centre on December 17 to draw attention to his struggle for justice.

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No bread, just the circus: CUPE National convention sparks ‘Rebuilding Militant Labour’, in spite of leadership

Frustrated delegates at CUPE National Convention launch ‘Rebuilding Militant Labour’ movement from the floor by Steve da Silva, CUPE 3903 member In ancient Rome, politicians were known to secure the votes of Roman citizens by doling out wheat (drawn from conquered territories, it should be noted) and providing cheap entertainment.  This, the Roman poet Juvenal

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