Volume 33, Number 1
A CALL FOR ACTION
Canadians are well aware of climate change! So why isn’t anything being done about it? A call for action.
“When a worker tries to join a union, they are threatened and beaten,” says Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity. How Bangladeshi garment workers keep on trying to organize, despite the odds
“One of the things I love about a place like this is that we have such a sense of our people’s heritage,” says Suzanne MacNeil, president of the Cape Breton District Labour Council, and now the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour’s vice-president representing young workers.
28 COVER STORY
TALKING UNIONS & FEMINISM
“We need young women’s voices and their new ways of organizing,” says Sue Genge, mother of Unifor’s Katie Arnup. A mother/daughter dialogue, including Carol Wall and her daughter Nicole.
BARGAINING TABLES & KITCHEN TABLES
Students at the Prairie School for Union Women describe their ideal woman activist.
Race & Work Forum * Women’s Memorial March * Pete Seeger Sing-along * Migrant Workers & Unions * Postcards for Postal Workers * Letters to the Editor: Linda Jolley * Little Footprints, Big Steps * Our Times Online: Memories of Arlene Mantle * Jennifer Huang Joins Our Times’ Board * Thank You, Frank
MAIL CHIMPS & CHANGING WALMART
Rates of response to email subject lines are never predictable, which is why it’s important to test them, and Mail Chimp has a new feature to let you do just that.
44 PASSING THE TORCH
ARLENE MANTLE (1939-2012)
Whether on the picket line, in the union hall, at the rallies or the demonstrations, Arlene was a stalwart champion of the right of workers to organize.
1000 APRONS WAVING GOODBYE
As far as the eye can see, brightly coloured aprons hang from a clothesline, paying tribute to women of earlier generations and their countless hours of unpaid domestic labour.
THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE
My thank you to the women who have helped me learn the power of patience, of taking the long view, of having compassion, of staying focused — and of remaining fearless.