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Winter 2015-16

Features

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    POWER FOR PART-TIMERS

    MELISSA KEITH

    By securing more hours for grocery workers and getting the employer to post work schedules earlier, unions are combating precarity in retail work. These are just two of the ways they’re trying to rebuild retail jobs into viable careers.

  • 28

    HIGH WALLS WITH RAZOR WIRE

    MIKE ORDERS

    Economic refugees, Myanmar migrant workers in the busy Thai border town of Mae Sot are struggling for better working conditions.

  • 30 COVER STORY

    THE BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    A holiday of surf and sun is fun, but there are ways you can rest up and recharge the unionist batteries at the same time. Tips for trade union travellers.

  • 38 ACROSS GENERATIONS

    BUILDING COMMUNITY, DEFYING EXPECTATIONS

    ISHANI WEERA

    “The desire to make this world better for everybody is there, no matter how old you are,” says Edmonton-based union activist Ramon Antipan. He came to Canada as a Chilean refugee in the 1970s, bringing his sense of justice and his care for the world with him.

  • 43 TALKING ABOUT ORGANIZING

    OUT OF THE WORKPLACE, INTO COMMUNITY

    JENNIFER HUANG

    The labour movement needs to create welcoming spaces for all workers regardless of language, race, religion or accent. The Chinese Workers’ Network does just that.

Departments

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    NOTES

    Honouring Janice Gairey * Taking Action for Women and Girls * COP21 and Climate Marches * Italian Workers’ Memorial * Labour and Literacy

  • 9 WEBWORK

    LESSONS FROM A VIRTUAL LAWYER

    DEREK BLACKADDER

    A future-friendly law office in Coquitlam, BC, is transforming how legal services are provided online. And unions can learn a lot from it.

  • 13

    OUR TIMES TALLY

    SEAN CAIN

    Percentage of Canadians who regularly cannot afford their prescription medication: 9.6

  • 14 TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

    NEVER A GLASS OF WATER FROM THEIR TAP

    TYRONE SOULIERE

    In Indian Country, First Nations have been fighting for decades for many of the same basic human needs that refugees have been fighting for.

  • 15 HAVE YOUR SAY

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    CHRISTO AIVALIS

    Four ways to raise the expectations and hopes of working-class Canadians.

  • 17

    OUR FUTURE TODAY

    MOJDEH COX

    Three reasons Canadian labour needs young workers.

  • 49

    POETRY

    GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE

  • 50 REVIEW

    Canada’s Brick Wall of Racism

    Review by RACHEL E. BEATTIE

    The documentary film Ninth Floor lays bare a piece of history that was profoundly important to the anti-racism movement in Canada but that rarely makes it into history classes.

  • 52 COMMENTARY

    POWER TO THE PRECARIAT

    STEPHEN ELLIOTT-BUCKLEY

    Radical attempts to address the social, political and economic inequities so bound up with precarious work are gaining ground.