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Larry Rousseau

Regional Executive Vice President, Public Service Alliance of Canada

Larry Rousseau was elected Regional Executive Vice President for the Public Service Alliance of Canada's (PSAC) National Capital Region in June 2011. Rousseau was previously a Regional Vice President with the Union of National Employees, and an employee of Statistics Canada. His first experience in the labour movement was when he started as a filing and stockroom clerk in the mail room of the Canadian Labour Congress at the age of 18.
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OLG Lockout Is The Result Of A Decade Of Dysfunction

OLG has locked workers out of four sites in the last four months of 2015 -- in Brantford, Sudbury, Woodbine/Toronto (all since ended) and most recently Rideau-Carleton/Ottawa. Management locked out 124 of its workers after they rejected what any reasonable observer would conclude was a very lousy offer.
01/03/2016 10:48 EST
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Canada Should Remember the Afghanistan War With Shame

It was five years ago today that Richard Colvin delivered his explosive testimony to a House of Commons committee examining Canada's role in the torture of Afghan detainees. In no uncertain terms, he told the House committee on November 18, 2009, that Canadian Forces personnel were capturing Afghans and turning them over to Afghan authorities to be tortured in contravention of the Geneva Conventions. Indeed, Canada's war in Afghanistan was a shameful episode in our history. There was damage inflicted in Afghanistan and damage done to our democracy and civil liberties at home -- things we ought to reflect on as we now get involved in the new Iraq war.
11/18/2014 12:57 EST
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Harper Doesn't Care About the Average Canadian Worker

It has been widely reported over the last few months that the Harper Conservatives want to attack the working conditions of public service workers by drastically weakening their sick leave provisions. In true Conservative "divide and conquer" fashion, they hope that this will pit unionized public service workers against the larger group of non-unionized workers in the private sector.
10/21/2014 05:53 EDT
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Revisiting the Haitian Coup 10 Years Later

The February 2004 coup against the democratically elected Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, serves as a potent example of how Canada's aid program and foreign policy can undermine democratic development. Some will undoubtedly find the preceding statement surprising, if not disturbing, but the documentary record of Canada's relationship with Haiti supports it.
02/28/2014 12:21 EST

Turning Back the Clock 50 Years: Bill C-4 and federal workers

Stuffed into the 309-page Conservative budget implementation act, Bill C-4, that was tabled last month, are a slew of drastic changes to the federal labour relations system, which will affect the health and safety provisions, human rights protections, and collective bargaining rights of federal workers. As its number suggests, Bill C-4 is truly explosive.
11/23/2013 07:39 EST
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Turning Canada Post into Canada's Next Bank

Why not be truly bold and lead Canada Post into a new era of better banking services for Canadians? Indeed, the union has presented a sound and compelling idea to serve the public, make money and create jobs, but the crown corporation is saying no, we're not interested in better serving the public, making more money and creating more jobs!
10/25/2013 12:31 EDT
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The Cost of Government Deregulation

Tragedies like the 2008 listeriosis outbreak involving Maple Leaf Foods, the 2012 E. coli contamination at XL Foods or even the more recent rail disaster at Lac-Mégantic remind us that government oversight of everything from food production to labour standards to transportation is key to keeping Canadians safe. 70 per cent of aviation companies in Canada were not inspected at all in 2010-11. Welcome to Conservative Canada, where the next industrial tragedy is waiting in the wings.
07/29/2013 08:08 EDT
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The Conservative Assault on Refugees

Changes to the Interim Federal Health Program, which previously provided refugees with healthcare in line with programs available to Canadians on social assistance, have had a severe impact. For example, refugee Israel Sosa was left with a $32,000 bill after receiving treatment for advanced colon cancer at a Toronto hospital last year.
06/15/2013 11:32 EDT

Collective Bargaining Is Political

Terrance Oakey recently took objection with the Public Service Alliance of Canada's YouTube video on cuts to the environment implemented by Stephen Harper's Conservative Government. Oakey's arguments are bizarre. It is difficult to understand how the PSAC's engagement on the question of federal cuts to environmental protection is somehow disconnected from collective bargaining.
04/25/2013 05:06 EDT
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Bill C-377: Transparently Anti-Union

Just as the 2012 budget is dubbed the "jobs and growth" budget while it slashes at least 20,000 jobs from the civil service, Bill C-377 is being presented as a measure to increase transparency and accountability, when it is nothing but an attempt at attacking and distracting a key element of civil society -- labour unions.
11/01/2012 12:19 EDT

No, The Student Protest Is Not Just About Tuition

Contrary to what is claimed repeatedly in the mainstream press, students are not saying that they should not pay their "fair share" for education and let the province sink into debt. In the context of the strike, where one stands on the above public financing options is certainly important, but it is ultimately of secondary significance.
05/24/2012 05:46 EDT
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Why is the Sally Ann Paying its Own Employees Poverty Wages?

The Salvation Army of Canada claims to be "the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services" in the country. Given this, the thousands upon thousands of Canadians who make donations every year to the Salvation Army would likely be surprised to learn that many employees at Ottawa's Booth Centre earn a poverty wage.
02/14/2012 05:09 EST