2016 Summer

Nov 30, 2016



FEATURE STORIES
14 KILL A WORKER, GO TO JAIL

Migrant workers and the Westray Bill: the scaffolding deaths revisited.
By Haseena Manek

COVER STORY
22 THE PRICE OF SUGAR

After working for seven years in the fields of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, Roberto Valdivia developed a disease that is killing tens of thousands of sugarcane workers there.
By Janet Nicol

30 I CAN'T WORK IF I CAN'T BREATHE

As the Black Lives Matter movement rises, Canada's labour movement needs to get on board. Here's why.
By Mark Brown
Photography by Cyril J. Cromwell

DEPARTMENTS

5 NOTES

Pride at Work * Remembering Carole Pearson * BC Health Care Workers Win * Austerity vs. Just Transition First Nations Water Workers * Bully-free Workplaces Fight for 15 While Singing

WEBWORK
8 QUIDI VIDI & VIRTUAL ORGANIZING

When a meeting costs a worker more time than it takes them to commute from one Tuesday job to another, we need to think virtual.
By Derek Blackadder

10 OUR TIMES TALLY

Chance that a death in a Canadian workplace results from a disease caused by exposure to asbestos: 1 in 3
By Sean Cain

CLIMATE/JUSTICE
11 Healthy Planet, Healthy Workers

Here's how the labour movement can lead the fight against both unemployment and catastrophic climate change.
By James Hutt

TRIBUTE
13 THERE'S JUST ONE WINNIE

When I got the email inviting me to a retirement party for Winnie Ng, I couldn't believe it.
By Jorge Garcia-Orgales

HAVE YOUR SAY
41 CANE AND ABLE

My cane transforms people. They feel obliged to explain incredibly obvious things to me, and they often speak slowly and loudly, in very simple sentences.
By Marion Pollack

HAVE YOUR SAY
43 FUTURE DISCONTINUED

No other generation in Canadian history has experienced so much underemployment.
By Elia Rasky and Adam Rasky

47 POETRY
By Ruth Latta

REVIEWS
48 GOODWIN'S WAY

Filmmaker Neil Vokey meets the residents of Cumberland, BC, and finds their passion echoes that of legendary union organizer, Ginger Goodwin.
Review by Lorene Oikawa

51 TRUMBO

Trumbo validates the courageous struggles of a voice almost silenced by McCarthyism in the 1940s and '50s.
Review by Rachel E. Beattie

COMMENTARY
52 JOKERS TO THE RIGHT

With the right wing becoming increasingly clownish, it's time we learned more lessons from, ahem, Archie Bunker.
By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

 

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