POWER FOR PART-TIMERS
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.
HIGH WALLS WITH RAZOR WIRE
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
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
“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
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.
Honouring Janice Gairey * Taking Action for Women and Girls * COP21 and Climate Marches * Italian Workers’ Memorial * Labour and Literacy
A future-friendly law office in Coquitlam, BC, is transforming how legal services are provided online. And unions can learn a lot from it.
OUR TIMES TALLY
Percentage of Canadians who regularly cannot afford their prescription medication: 9.6
14 TRUTH & RECONCILIATION
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
Four ways to raise the expectations and hopes of working-class Canadians.
OUR FUTURE TODAY
Three reasons Canadian labour needs young workers.
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.
POWER TO THE PRECARIAT
Radical attempts to address the social, political and economic inequities so bound up with precarious work are gaining ground.