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Dave Coles

President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

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If You Favour Choice, You Should Favour a Crown Telco

The right-wing supporters of "free enterprise" in Canada claim to favour choice. Except if that choice includes a publicly-owned company to provide your cellphone and other telecommunications service. Two weeks ago my union called on the Harper Conservatives to establish a Crown corporation to fulfill this objective. We were promptly mocked by right-wing voices.
09/03/2013 12:14 EDT

Will Verizon Spy With Its Canadian Eye?

The Harper government needs to explain to Canadians how it intends to review and address national security concerns related to Verizon Communications' entry into this country's wireless market. Verizon has been deeply involved in the world's biggest ever spying scandal, as revealed by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden.
08/23/2013 05:23 EDT
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Will Verizon Spy on Canadians, Too?

In recent weeks it has come to light that Verizon has been working intimately with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to collect the personal information of millions of its U.S. customers. With the Harper government offering the New York-based company significant advantages to enter the Canadian wireless market, it is important to look at the privacy and security implications of this move.
08/13/2013 05:13 EDT

Shame on This Canadian Company

A Toronto-based company is trampling on the rights of workers, indigenous people and the environment in Colombia, but Canadian officials are more concerned with strengthening business ties in the country. As president of Canada's largest energy union, I recently participated in a 17-person Canadian delegation to investigate alleged abuses committed by TSX listed Pacific Rubiales Energy (PRE), Colombia's largest independent oil producer. On July 13 and 14, I was a juror at a preliminary hearing of the Popular Tribunal Against Extractive Policies in Colombia. As Canadians we need to stand up to say "not in our name" when corporations like PRE do things that would never be permitted in this country
08/01/2013 12:09 EDT
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It's Time to Limit Ridiculous CEO Salaries

Last year the CEO of Canadian Pacific, Hunter Harrison, received $49.2 million in compensation. The difference between regular employees' pay and CEO compensation has grown rapidly in recent years. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, in 1995 the top-paid CEOs received 85 times the earnings of average Canadians.
05/29/2013 05:32 EDT
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Harper's Gift to Unions: A Bill of Coal

Recently the Conservative majority in the House of Commons passed a bill that targets a leading force for equality and democracy in our society. Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), is designed to challenge unions' involvement in political activities and divert their resources to busy work. While they claim C-377 is a way to improve union transparency, the Conservatives have shown a flagrant disregard for openness in government affairs.
12/23/2012 11:34 EST
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Canada's Labour Movement Gets a Cardiac Pump

Delegates to the CEP convention this week in Québec City voted in favour of forming a new union with the CAW. The CAW voted in favour of the project in August. Yet unnamed, this new union will represent more than 300,000 workers in every province of the country, in 22 different major economic sectors. It will be the largest private sector union in Canada This new union is the first step in revitalizing Canada's union movement. And that is a necessary step in turning back the tide of neoconservative reaction that has seen ever more wealth and power for the already rich and powerful, but stagnation and cutbacks for the rest of us. Why should ordinary Canadians care about this new union?.
10/19/2012 05:32 EDT