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October-January 2010-2011

Features

  • 16

    PRIVATE WEALTH VERSUS PUBLIC HEALTH

    By Armine Yalnizyan

    We can restore our capacity to do more together if we just stop giving money away to the wealthy.

  • 22

    CHINA ON STRIKE

    By Cathy Walker

    Workers at the Foxconn plant in China jumped to their deaths, while workers at Honda plants went on strike. Why now?

  • 25

    A COALITION IS BORN

    By Kristin Schwartz

    “We are part of the labour movement and we want to be part of building a new Canada,” said Edgar Godoy as he opened the constitutional convention of the Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition.

  • 32

    COVER STORY: THE PERU PROJECT

    By Janet Nicol

    I think of the brave and committed teacher activists I met this past summer in Peru, committed to fighting for public education and teachers’ rights.

  • 38

    COPING WITH SUICIDE BY RAIL

    By Melissa Keith

    “A lot of guys don’t want to talk about it,” says retired railway engineer Tom Armstrong, about the devastating experience of hitting someone on the track.

  • 45

    UNEARTHING WORKERS’ HISTORY

    By Guylaine Spencer

    Walking down that cold tunnel on Bell Island reminds me that many of the struggles mining families faced back then continue to challenge Canadians today.

  • 50

    WORKING FOR A LIVING: AS A WAREHOUSE WORKER

    By Glen Harper

    Just like dancers, we exude agility, strength, skill, speed and stamina as we crank out one order after another, together.

  • 53

    AS A ST. JOHN’S TAXI DRIVER

    By Mike Heffernan

    “For the most part, customers are pretty good. But there are about five per cent that think the world owes them something.” An interview with Pat Frances.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Mapping Toronto’s Labour History * Communities in Crisis * CEP and Greenpeace * G20 Public Hearings * Living Wage Movement * Ditch the Water Bottle

  • 8

    WEBWORK: UNIONBOOK, CLOUDS & ITUNES

    By Derek Blackadder

    Union-only social network sites have been very narrowly focussed, which may be why they are still around.

  • 9

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Number of Canadians who are officially unemployed: 1.4 million.

  • 10

    HAVE YOUR SAY: FOOD COURTS & CLASS

    By Timothy Wild

    While food courts provide a lot of choices for some, they often reflect the limited options of others.

  • 12

    POETRY

    By Louise Carson

  • 13

    TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZING:  RETAIL MATTERS

    By Kendra Coulter

    Fifteen years ago two young women united with their co-workers to fight for basic rights.

  • 58

    REVIEW: HOPES & PROSPECTS

    Review by Ruth Latta

    Noam Chomsky explores American foreign policy and the problem with Obama-style hope.

  • 60 By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    COMMENTARY:

    LABOUR & TRANSITION TOWNS

    How can trade unionists embark on the challenging yet exciting transition path to community sustainability?