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Features

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    WORKING HISTORY: MAKING THE LINKS

    By Ken Clavette

    If workers don’t understand the history of where and how they gained their rights, it makes it easier to take those rights way.

  • 14

    WASHDAY

    By Irene Howard

    An excerpt from Gold Dust on His Shirt, the true story of an immigrant mining family.

  • 17

    CREDIT CRUNCH

    It would be folly to take the Herbert Hoover route of slashing spending. The Canadian Labour Congress’ response to the economic crisis.

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    COVER STORY: THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS

    By Elaine Bernard

    No one sector can remain an island of good wages and working conditions in a sea of declining standards. Labour rights are human rights. And that’s why we need to get organizing.

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    GOOD JOBS FOR ALL

    By Sean Cain

    More than 1,000 labour and community activists packed into the Toronto Metro Convention Centre in November 2008 to discuss how to get good jobs for all, and what that means.

Departments

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    LETTERS

    Our Times in Class * Keeping History Alive * Labour History and Language * Diverse Labour History * Rideau Canal Workers

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    NOTES

    LabourStart Photo Contest * Labour Rights are Human Rights * Boycott Petro-Canada

  • 9

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Tonnes of Canadian CO2 emissions that could be reduced each year by maintaining proper car tire pressure: 1,500,000

  • 11

    WEBWORK: UNION WEBSITE COMMENTS POLICY

    By Derek Blackadder

    One of the advantages the labour movement has as a latecomer to the Internet game is that a lot of the problems we’re worried about have already been solved.

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    POETRY

    By George Amabile

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    WORKING FOR A LIVING: TRUCK DRIVING

    By Daniel Johnson As told to Shelley Tomlinson

    The temperature had warmed up and then dropped down again, so the road was a sheet of ice..

  • 34

    REVIEWS: SOLIDARITY DIVIDED

    Review by Robin Breon

    Solidarity Divided is an articulate, insightful and critical book about the U.S. labour movement.

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    LABOUR AND THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBALIZATION

    LABOUR AND THE CHALLENGES OF GLOBALIZATION

    To have effective transnational solidarity, union movements need to work on improving conditions at home. A review of Labour and the Challenges of Globalization.

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    COMMENTARY: THE BERKELEY SOLUTION

    By Randy Robinson

    Now would be a good time to solve both the environmental crisis and the jobs crisis by investing in green jobs. But there’s another piece to it.