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October-November 2014

Features

  • 15

    SCHOOLED IN SOLIDARITY

    JANET NICOL

    BC teachers, parents and students, together, did their best to defend quality public education. Taking stock of the teachers’ strike.

  • 23 COVER STORY

    DO THE RIGHT THING

    HASEENA MANEK

    “We need to intervene in our processes of organizing, collective bargaining and political action to make them equitable,” says labour educator Jojo Geronimo. A conversation about a newly launched guide to strengthening equity, for union leaders and activists.

  • 26 COVER STORY

    MOVING BEYOND DIVERSITY

    JOJO GERONIMO

    An excerpt from Moving Beyond Diversity, Towards Inclusion and Equity: A Leader’s Guide to Strengthen Unions

  • 32 WORKING FOR A LIVING

    THE UNION’S GIFT TO ME

    DOUG BUTLER

    Being part of a union enriched my life, empowered me, and inspired me to believe there is a better way.

  • 36

    MUSEUM OF A PROUD PEOPLE

    GUYLAINE SPENCER

    Not far from the cafés of St-Denis, in Montreal, you’ll find a fascinating museum devoted to labour, working-class history and community activism. Its name is Ecomusée du Fier Monde.

Departments

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    NOTES

    PSAC on Income-Splitting * CETA Threatens Workers * A Mother and Daughter Hello * UFCW Canada Denounces Bill 8 * Changing Work * 2015 AFL/CLC Winter School * Injuries Not Reported

  • 9

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    SEAN CAIN

    Percentage of workers in Canada covered by a collective agreement: 32.

  • 10 WEBWORK

    MAKING THUNDER & LISTENING WELL

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    Listen up to Leadnow and release a storm of posts with Thunderclap. Another knapsack full of online resources for union activists.

  • 13 CLIMATE/JUSTICE

    BUILDING SOLIDARITY IN THE NORTH

    TERESA HEALY

    If we don’t actively build solidarity between labour and Indigenous movements, corporate priorities will continue to forge deep divisions between us.

  • 31

    POETRY

    NICHOLAS POWER

  • 41 REVIEW

    DISPATCHES FROM THE WINNIPEG GENERAL STRIKE

    CECIL ROSNER

    Michael Dupuis’ book Winnipeg’s General Strike: Reports from the Front Lines uses the dispatches of 20 journalists to paint a picture of the 1919 general strike and how it was viewed.

  • 43 REVIEW

    SOLIDARITY ON THE BIG SCREEN

    RACHEL E. BEATTIE

    Pride is a fabulous film about an unlikely collaboration between queer activists and coal miners in 1984 in Britain. Cart follows a group of contract workers at a big-box store in Seoul, South Korea. Both films celebrate the power of solidarity.

  • 46 REVIEW

    FROM DEMONIZED TO ORGANIZED

    Review by SHANNON DEVINE

    In her book From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement, Nora Loreto presents to her generation the value of unions and self-organizing in the workplace.

  • 48 COMMENTARY

    SCIENCE-DENIERS AND DINOSAURS

    STEPHEN ELLIOTT-BUCKLEY

    As climate-aware union activists, we need to spread the word that ignoring climate-change science, as some journalists do, is not acceptable.