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October-November 2011

Features

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    DO NOT DO THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    By Karen Wirsig

    Avoid being Facebook “friends” with your boss; you’re not friends, you’re in a power relationship.

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    BEYOND BORDERS

    By Eric Lee

    The Internet’s greatest power is the fact that, unlike almost any other communications medium, it ignores national borders.

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    THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT: A PHOTOSPREAD

    Photographs by Tony Tracy, Joel Duff and Joshua Berson

    A few images from Halifax, Toronto and B.C. that give the flavour of a mighty, worldwide uprising for change that was first reported on social media, while the mainstream ignored it.

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    COVER STORY: SOCIAL (JUSTICE!) MEDIA

    By Carlyn Zwarenstein

    “The beauty of social media is that it enables a conversation - and you can’t be afraid of it. In my view, it’s part of my accountability,” says Lana Payne, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour. A cross-country check-up on how labour is using social media.

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    LABOUR’S CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE: FINDING COMMON GROUND

    By Jim Sinclair

    Solutions that ignore poverty and hardship will not meet the test of justice, and they won’t work.

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    IMAGINE IT

    By Mae Burrows

    Recreating the common-ground alliance between labour and environmentalists that existed at the turn of the century will be an enormous challenge.

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    THE APOLLO ALLIANCE

    By Barbara Byrd

    In Oregon, we have kept meeting with the environmental movement; kept talking, kept seeking to overcome what we believe is a false dichotomy between good jobs and climate policy.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Rick Mercer’s Union Award * CLC Supports Occupiers * Occupy Movement Has Already Won * Two Sister Jane Letters * OHS Interactive Tool * Looking for Ladies Auxiliary Members * Media Literacy Week * SFL Charter Challenge

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    OUR TIMES TALLY

    By Sean Cain

    Chance that a union member in Britain, Canada and the United States “seldom” or “never” views their union’s website: 1 in 4

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    WEBWORK: TOP TEN TIPS FOR UNIONS ONLINE

    By Derek Blackadder

    Here’s my take on the labour movement’s most common errors and omissions.

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    POETRY

    By Lee Maracle

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    REVIEW: For the Win

    Review by Derek Blackadder

    The theme of this great science fiction, young-adult novel by Cory Doctorow is “Online or offline, you’ve got to organize to survive.”

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    COMMENTARY: Seeds of the Occupy Movement

    By Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    The seeds of what the Occupy movements oppose were planted around 30 years ago, in the era of Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney.