Vol. 34 No.4



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FEATURE STORIES

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

COVER STORY
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

ACROSS GENERATIONS
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


DEPARTMENTS

5 NOTES

Honouring Janice Gairey * Taking Action for Women and Girls * COP21 and Climate Marches * Italian Workers' Memorial * Labour and Literacy

WEBWORK
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

POETRY
49 By George Elliott Clarke

REVIEW
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

COMMENTARY
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

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