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If You Favour Choice, You Should Favour a Crown Telco

(6) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:16 PM

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 rescind a slew of advantages the federal government...

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Will Verizon Spy With Its Canadian Eye?

(10) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:23 PM

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. In its bid to woo the New York-based company the Harper government must not ignore its legal responsibility to review Verizon's impact...

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Will Verizon Spy on Canadians, Too?

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 5:15 PM

If Verizon Communications takes over Canada's telecommunications will they pass Canadians' personal data to U.S. intelligence agencies?

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.

In...

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Shame on This Canadian Company

(28) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 12:08 PM

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...

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The Conservatives' Latest Salvo Against Union Workers

(12) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 5:22 PM

On Thursday June 6, the Conservatives launched another salvo in their war against working people. Conservative back-bencher Blaine Calkins unveiled a private members' bill (C-525) that will make it far harder to form a new union and much easier to de-certify an existing one.

The legislation will...

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Harper's CETA Priority Is to Protect Big Corporations, Not Human Rights

(10) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 5:11 PM

It's good that CETA negotiations have stalled. But the cause of the most recent impasse is a damning comment on the Harper government's thinking.

To conclude the Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) negotiations, the Conservatives have been willing to undercut municipalities' right to "buy local," grant...

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It's Time to Limit Ridiculous CEO Salaries

(59) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:32 PM

"Ain't capitalism wonderful", said the CEO to the worker. "There's really no end to what they'll pay you."

Last year the CEO of Canadian Pacific, Hunter Harrison, received $49.2 million in compensation. For their parts, the CEOs of Thompson Reuters and Talisman Energy were poor second cousins to...

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Tim Hudak Takes a Page Out of the U.S. Labour Policy Playbook

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Tim Hudak recently turned to prominent Republican lobbying firm Greener and Hook for direction. It's a fitting move, as the Progressive Conservatives' most significant policy proposal comes straight out of the U.S. Right's "empower-big-business-and-attack-your-opponents" playbook.

Hudak has made it clear that if he wins the next provincial...

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Harper's Gift to Unions: A Bill of Coal

(9) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 5:37 PM

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...

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Canada's Labour Movement Gets a Cardiac Pump

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 5:26 PM

We are one step closer to a bold new vision for Canada's labour movement. But even more important, we are one step closer to the dream of a more equitable and fair Canada.

Delegates to the CEP convention this week in Québec City voted in favour of forming a new...

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