"GM bankruptcy restructuring puts risk on to workers; no vision for a green transportation system
Frank Hammer is a retired General Motors employee and former President and Chairman of Local 909 in Warren, MIchigan. He now organizes with the Auto Worker Caravan, an association of active and retired auto workers who advocate for workers demands in Washington." - The REAL News
Sunday, 31 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Coming up to 2 years ago, I posted a blog article entitled: Regina Restaurant Rips Off Workers.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
"Canadians talk to Americans about health care
People from Toronto respond to a US advertising campaign about the Canadian health-care system.
While the debate over changes to the US health-care system continues, lobby groups are investing advertising dollars to get their point across. One such group, Conservatives for Patient's Rights has released an advertisement outlining Canadian dissatisfaction with government run health care. The Real News Network invited Torontonians to respond.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
More and more employers are flexing their new found muscles, and acting like thugs and bullies, since Wall and his 'business at any cost' team tilted the power balance even further against workers and in favour of the bosses.
In the meantime, the part-time minister in charge of the labour portfolio, Rob Norris, is luke warm when asked whether he would intervene to assist workers. This particular minister never seems to have any problem making excuses for the boss, or going to bat for corporations.
Maybe he can convince his boss to change the name of his portfolio to "The Ministry of Management".
From the Leader-Post:
.....The cab drivers allege one of the company's managers has verbally abused many of the Pakistani and other South Asian employees with racial slurs.Check out the coverage in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post:
The company said the comments resulted from a misunderstanding from one manager.
Norris declined to say if the department will get involved if the dispute with United Cabs goes unresolved, but said the department will be available for questions.
"I made sure officials will be on hand," he said.
Department officials have already met with some drivers to discuss labour standards, added Norris.
The investigation will include input from United Cabs.
Cab drivers suspended following protest - StarPhoenix
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Hon. Mr. Morgan: — I wasn’t privy to the discussions that were had within the municipalities when they put the . . . And I don’t think anything came out of the consultations that dealt specifically with that.
But if your question is would we as a government be willing to use that if there was a sit-in on private property where there was oil drilling taking place, I think the answer is yes. If there was a piece of property that was owned or leased by an oil company or an exploration company that had a lawful right to do that, and they asked people to leave, then it may well be something that might be used in that — subject of course to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and subject to the jurisprudence from the Supreme Court.
Mr. Nilson: — So is this an enhancement of the law then so that after this law is passed, then it will give more rights to oil companies and provincial government to deal with these particular kinds of protests that might arise?
Hon. Mr. Morgan: — I don’t look at it in terms of rights. I look at it in terms of we want to ensure that property owners or people that are in lawful use of their property continue to have that, and it’s an enforcement mechanism to ensure that those rights are protected..........