Vol. 34 No.4
21 POWER FOR PART-TIMERS
By securing more hours for grocery workers and getting the employer to post work schedules earlier, unions are combating precarity in retail work. These are just two of the ways they're trying to rebuild retail jobs into viable careers.
By Melissa Keith
28 HIGH WALLS WITH RAZOR WIRE
Economic refugees, Myanmar migrant workers in the busy Thai border town of Mae Sot are struggling for better working conditions.
By Mike Orders
30 THE BUSMAN'S HOLIDAY
A holiday of surf and sun is fun, but there are ways you can rest up and recharge the unionist batteries at the same time. Tips for trade union travellers.
By Derek Blackadder
38 BUILDING COMMUNITY, DEFYING EXPECTATIONS
"The desire to make this world better for everybody is there, no matter how old you are," says Edmonton-based union activist Ramon Antipan. He came to Canada as a Chilean refugee in the 1970s, bringing his sense of justice and his care for the world with him.
By Ishani Weera
TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZING
43 OUT OF THE WORKPLACE, INTO COMMUNITY
The labour movement needs to create welcoming spaces for all workers regardless of language, race, religion or accent. The Chinese Workers' Network does just that.
By Jennifer Huang
Honouring Janice Gairey * Taking Action for Women and Girls * COP21 and Climate Marches * Italian Workers' Memorial * Labour and Literacy
9 LESSONS FROM A VIRTUAL LAWYER
A future-friendly law office in Coquitlam, BC, is transforming how legal services are provided online. And unions can learn a lot from it.
By Derek Blackadder
13 OUR TIMES TALLY
Percentage of Canadians who regularly cannot afford their prescription medication: 9.6
By Sean Cain
TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
14 NEVER A GLASS OF WATER FROM THEIR TAP
In Indian Country, First Nations have been fighting for decades for many of the same basic human needs that refugees have been fighting for.
By Tyrone Souliere
HAVE YOUR SAY
15 GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Four ways to raise the expectations and hopes of working-class Canadians.
By Christo Aivalis
17 OUR FUTURE TODAY
Three reasons Canadian labour needs young workers.
By Mojdeh Cox
49 By George Elliott Clarke
50 NINTH FLOOR
The documentary film Ninth Floor lays bare a piece of history that was profoundly important to the anti-racism movement in Canada but that rarely makes it into history classes.
Review by Rachel E. Beattie
52 POWER TO THE PRECARIAT
Radical attempts to address the social, political and economic inequities so bound up with precarious work are gaining ground.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley