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Volume 33, Number 1

Features

  • 12 CLIMATE/JUSTICE

    A CALL FOR ACTION

    Laurel Sefton MacDowell

    Canadians are well aware of climate change! So why isn’t anything being done about it? A call for action.

  • 17

    KALPONA AKTER

    Interview by Mary Unan

    “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

  • 22

    GLACE BAY’S UNION DAUGHTER

    Melissa Keith

    “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

    Hosted By Michele Landsberg

    “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.

  • 37

    BARGAINING TABLES & KITCHEN TABLES

    Elizabeth Quinlan

    Students at the Prairie School for Union Women describe their ideal woman activist.

Departments

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    NOTES

    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

  • 9 WEBWORK

    MAIL CHIMPS & CHANGING WALMART

    Derek Blackadder

    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.

  • 43

    POETRY

    Salimah Valiani

  • 44 PASSING THE TORCH

    ARLENE MANTLE (1939-2012)

    Naomi Binder Wall

    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.

  • 49 REVIEW

    1000 APRONS WAVING GOODBYE

    Review by Janette Fecteau

    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.

  • 52 COMMENTARY

    THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE

    Stephen Elliott-Buckley

    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.