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July-October 2014

Features

  • 15

    NEOLIBERALISM? NO THANKS!

    MELISSA KEITH

    “I think we’re at a point in time where it’s particularly important that the labour and student movements learn from each other and communicate,” said Canadian Federation of Students (Nova Scotia) representative, at the time, Nick Stark. A report from the Halifax panel: “Unions. Capitalism. Young Workers.”

  • 21

    THE COMMUNITY MUST BENEFIT

    JAMES NUGENT

    A labour-community coalition called the Toronto Community Benefits Network is demanding that future transportation infrastructure projects provide employment opportunities and training to residents in low-income neighbourhoods.

  • 28 COVER STORY

    RETURN TO SENDER

    CAROLE PEARSON

    Victoria, BC, postal worker Frances Maher says, “I had a lady give me a hug today. She was in her 70s and was very upset. We had been talking about the new community mailboxes.” The fight to save door-to-door delivery.

  • 36

    EDUCATE! ILLUSTRATE! ORGANIZE!

    ROBIN FOLVIK

    “When I’m drawing I’m deeply connected to the themes I’m working on,” says Graphic History Collective member Sam Bradd. “And afterwards, I understand the world around me in new ways.”

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    WRITING PICTURES, DRAWING STORIES

    HASEENA MANEK

    What does it mean to care for another person’s child when your own is far away? This is one of the questions answered in the comic book Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love, about the experience of Filipina live-in caregivers in Toronto.

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    THE WORKERS’ HISTORY MUSEUM

    DAVE BENNETT

    It doesn’t have a building, but it has a big heart and a big mission. The Workers’ History Museum is dedicated to the preservation of workers’ history in the National Capital Region and Ottawa Valley.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Telephone Operators’ Story

  • 10 WEBWORK

    FACEBOOK & HASHTAG HIJINKS

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    There is some productive fun to be had for those who are a dab hand on the tweet button. More online resources for union activists.

  • 12

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    SEAN CAIN

    Percentage of Canadians who believe that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program leads to the abuse of employees: 81.

  • 13 CLIMATE/JUSTICE

    NO TIME TO BURY DEBATE

    TERESA HEALY

    It is very difficult to forge unity within Canada’s large and geographically diverse labour movement around environmental issues. Nonetheless, we need to try.

  • 27

    POETRY

    MICHAEL MEAGHER

  • 58 REVIEW

    ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN CONFLICT

    Review by BRUCE SPARKS

    Industry partners who try to influence the course of research or teaching at universities represent just one of many challenges to academic freedom that are explored in the book “Academic Freedom in Conflict”.

  • 60 COMMENTARY

    AGAINST COLLECTIVE FORGETTING

    STEPHEN ELLIOTT-BUCKLEY

    Too many union members and staff don’t know that, for eight generations, unions have played a central role in creating a society with more justice for all.