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Dave Coles

President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada

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Canada Isolating Itself From World Opinion On Palestinian

Canada Isolating Itself From World Opinion On Palestinian Rights

Under Justin Trudeau, "Canada is back" to isolating itself from world opinion on Palestinian rights. On Monday, Canada joined the U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau in opposing a UN Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee resolution in support of Palestinian self-determination.
11/23/2016 09:41 EST
If You Favour Choice, You Should Favour a Crown

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
Stephen Harper Wants You to Major In

Stephen Harper Wants You to Major In Military

The Conservatives' militarism is unrelenting. Last month, the Harper government launched a Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative at the University of Alberta. The program "allow[s] people to simultaneously obtain a university degree while also gaining leadership experience in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserves." The four-year Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative will be "co-directed by the University of Alberta and the CAF" and the government hopes to export this "test model" to other universities. The program is an attempt to reestablish the Canadian Officer Training Corps, which was offered at universities from 1912 until 1968.
08/16/2013 07:52 EDT
Will Verizon Spy on Canadians,

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

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
Bill C-525 is the Conservatives' Latest Salvo Against Union

Bill C-525 is the Conservatives' Latest Salvo Against Union Workers

The Conservatives have launched another salvo in their war against working people. Bill C-525 needs to be seen in the context of the government's low-wage strategy. It's the latest step in the Conservatives' bid to reduce workers' power to the benefit of the business class.
06/07/2013 05:19 EDT
It's Time to Limit Ridiculous CEO

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

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

While Hudak claims to be promoting "worker choice," attacking unions' financial security is designed to weaken a civil society critic and empower big business. I'd bet Hudak's Republican lobbying firm knows a little something about that.
05/27/2013 05:23 EDT
Harper's Gift to Unions: A Bill of

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
Canada's Labour Movement Gets a Cardiac

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