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Society

Couriers organizing for fair working conditions

Delivery workers whose jobs are controlled by apps are working with a major Canadian union to try to press for better working conditions. The couriers organizing the Gig Workers United campaign say the status quo is “simply unsafe and unliveable” »

Economy, Society

Workers ratify agreement to make electric vans in Canada

Workers at a General Motors (GM) assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a labour agreement that will have them produce electric vans for commercial deliveries. About 1,900 people work at the plant which currently assembles the »

Economy

Airline workers’ union calls for a change to quarantine, border measures

Pilots and flight attendants working for Sunwing Airlines are calling for a change in the mandatory 14-day period that all travelers arriving in Canada must quarantine. Sunwing is a low-cost airline which runs scheduled and charter flights from Canada and »

Politics, Society

Unions urge Parliamentarian to pass anti-scab law

An opposition member of Canada’s Parliament has tabled a piece of legislation that would stop employers in federally regulated sectors from hiring non-union workers called scabs during legal strikes or lockouts.  In Canada, some sectors such as transportation, banks and »

Economy, Politics, Society

Union renews plea for aviation industry help

Canada’s largest private sector union is urging the federal government to apportion some of its rapid testing kits to the aviation sector to help it recover from drastic damage to it caused by the pandemic. The aviation industry is particularly »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canada rail strike continues, economy suffers

One of Canada’s largest labour strikes has begun to seriously worry many sectors of the economy. Western farmers are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to ship their crops to markets, causing backups, storage issues, and cash-flow problems for them. »

Economy, International, Politics

General Motors: Firm on Oshawa closure

Union vows to continue pressure to maintain production The General Motors carmaker has had a major presence in the Oshawa area for some 100 years.  During the Second World War, the plant was a critical factor in the Allied victory »

Society

Union ad blasts GM for Canadian plant closure

The union representing workers at the General Motors vehicle assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario has released a video as part of a major ad campaign against the plant’s closure later this year. The ad focuses on what Unifor calls “GM’s »

Society

Union lobbies to save local news

A large Canadian union is sending a delegation of activists and leaders to Ottawa next week to urge the federal government “to take action to address the crisis in Canadian journalism,” announces a news release. Local newspapers and broadcast newsrooms »

Society

Asian Heritage Month: union calls for celebration

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada and the country’s largest labour union is urging its members to take part in events and to show solidarity against laws and policies that target racialized communities. The Public Service Alliance of Canada »