Union Bug Blog
Jul 17, 2007 -
Conrad Black Helped Push Canadian Politics to the Right
Ottawa (17 July 2007) - With all the focus on the details of his trial and conviction, little mention has been made of Conrad Black's enormous influence on politics and journalism. Few reports have linked his crimes and greed with the Canadian conservative movement he championed, despite obvious similarities to scandals linking corporate crime and the U.S. Republicans.
Jul 06, 2007 -
The Rich Get Richer
A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows that the fruits of a thriving Canadian economy are not benefitting Canadian workers. In Rising Profit Shares, Falling Wage Shares, Ellen Russell and Mathieu Dufour find that in spite of this, and even with worker productivity increasing by 51% over the past three decades, real wages have been stagnant over this period. Workers are getting a smaller piece of a larger economic pie, and corporate profits continue to skyrocket. Hopefully this study will help illustrate this inequality.
Jul 03, 2007 -
Migrant Farm Workers Win Right to Organize in Manitoba
Winnipeg (28 June 2007) - The Manitoba Labour Board has given migrant farm workers the right to unionize and bargain collectively, the first such decision since the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark ruling that collective bargaining is guaranteed by the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Jun 29, 2007 -
Economic Opportunity Commission Needed Broader Input
Upon his reelection in 2006, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz reiterated his desire to eliminate the City of Winnipeg’s business tax. Get ready for less services and paying more for the services we do get from the City of Winnipeg.
Jun 25, 2007 -
Katz Commercializes Assiniboine Park
The City of Winnipeg recently decided to turn over control of Assiniboine Park and the Zoo to a non-profit corporation. After months of consideration, City Hall has finally decided to turn over control of a public entity to a private entity because Council has determined that this group would be more able to fulful the daily requirements of operating the Park and Zoo. This independent, non-profit agency will apparently include representatives from various community groups in addition to the City and Province. But handing over such valued public assets would set a dangerous precedent, and too many questions have yet to be answered.
Jun 20, 2007 -
Day of Awareness Helps Fight Racism
National Aboriginal Day is June 21st. A day which the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs refers to as an opportunity for Aboriginal people to “express great pride for their rich diverse cultures with their families, neighbours, friends and visitors.”
Jun 13, 2007 -
Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Labour Rights Are Human Rights
Ottawa (8 June 2007) - The Supreme Court of Canada has declared for the first time that the collective bargaining rights of workers are protected by the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms and are also a fundamental aspect of Canadian society predating the Charter.
Jun 07, 2007 -
TILMA a Bad Deal For Canada
In April 2006, the governments of British Columbia and Alberta signed a historic trade agreement that will have sweeping ramifications for citizens of both provinces, if not for those in the rest of the country. The Alberta-British Columbia Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) will create an integrated economy for the two provinces by April 1, 2009.
May 30, 2007 -
Unions Help Fight Poverty
A major American research organization has released a report that calls for the rebirth of unionization in the United States. In From Poverty to Prosperity: a National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half, the Center for American Progress argues that the United States should set a national goal of cutting poverty in half over the next ten years, and proposes several steps to achieve this objective.
May 23, 2007 -
A Third Majority
On Tuesday May 22, 2007 Gary Doer and the Manitoba NDP did just what most political analysts predicted as they cruised to a third straight majority term.