Andrew Hanon is an award-winning writer who spent more than two decades
as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. He is now a researcher and
communications officer with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, the
province’s largest union.
When David Lough moved into Michener Centre in Red Deer three decades ago, he was on medication, in part to control what younger brother Bill called his "white rages."
"He was a fantastic older brother," Bill says. "He was loving and fun, but you had to be able to...
Bashing unionized workers is a growth industry in Canada. Organizations like LabourWatch, the Merit Contractors Association, the Alberta Enterprise Group and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business spend enormous amounts of money to convince politicians and the general public that the biggest threat to economic prosperity is organized labour.
Saveeta Prakash is a tiny, kind-eyed mother of two with a quick, generous laugh. Her soft-spoken coworker, Jaswinder Dhillon, is devoted to her daughters, aged 11 and seven.
They're the last people you'd expect to be militant union activists. If you had suggested to them a year ago that they'd...