rabble news August 18
Inside an ambulance. Photo: Zhu/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | Paramedics on Beausoleil First Nation's reserve on Christian Island in Ontario have joined the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
rabble news August 11
People hold banner titled "reconciliation" Photo: michael_swan/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | Canadian companies have a long way to go to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, a recent report argues.
rabble news August 11
Newspapers on a desk at a hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photo: Tony Webster/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | Chronicle Herald workers who were on strike for 19 months have mixed feelings about the eight-year deal that passed with 94 per cent approval from the Halifax Typographical Union.
in their own words August 11
Headquarters of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper on Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. Photo: Ben MacLeod/Wikimedia Commons
Frances Willick | After 566 days, the strike at the Halifax newspaper is over, but the wounds and divisiveness will take much longer to heal.
rabble news August 7
Woodbine. Photo: Oliver Mallich/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | Regular service at the slot machines at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto will resume on Tuesday.
in their own words August 4
Desmond Cole sits at Toronto Police Services Board table. Used courtesy of @pangmeli on Twitter.
Rosemary Frei | Together with Black Lives Matter Toronto and others in the Black community, Desmond Cole is now one of the strongest voices on the issue of anti-Black racism in Canada. They deserve support.
rabble news August 3
Baggage handler under airplane. Photo: Alexander Else/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | An ongoing strike at Toronto's Pearson International Airport has revealed the harsh working conditions of the airport's baggage handlers and grounds crew.
rabble news August 3
Woodbine racetrack. Photo: 水野 航平/Wikimedia Commons
Meagan Gillmore | More than 400 slot machine workers have been off the job at Ontario's largest gaming floor since July 14 after PSAC, the union representing the workers, and the OLG could not agree to a new contract.
rabble news August 2
Premier Wynne and Minister Flynn discussed the province's Changing Workplace Review at Toronto's YWCA. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | Multiple people addressed committee hearings about Ontario's proposed changes to labour laws, which would raise the general minimum wage and introduce 10 days of emergency leave.
rabble news August 2
Back of Westjet flight attendant. Creative Commons licensed photo: Cara Grimshaw Photography/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | WestJet employees are working in crowded environments -- and not just airplanes. Several campaigns are underway to organize workers, including customer service representatives and flight attendants.
rabble series July 26
Singh at 2017 Pride Parade in Toronto. Photo: ideas_dept/flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Jagmeet Singh entered the NDP leadership race months after the four other candidates, yet there is polling and anecdotal evidence that he already has higher, and more positive, name recognition.
rabble news July 21
Ethel Tungohan | Advocates point out that the federal government's recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program were skewed to the interests of employers.
politics July 20
New B.C. government sworn in. Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | British Columbia's unions are hopeful for increases to minimum wage and improved workers' rights with John Horgan's NDP-Green coalition government.
rabble series July 19
Niki Ashton. Photo: Matt Jiggins/flickr
Karl Nerenberg | NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton describes herself as an intersectional feminist -- and as the candidate of youth and of the left.
rabble news July 17
Woodbine Racetrack. Photo: mpancha/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | Slot machine workers at the OLG Woodbine Racetrack have been locked out. The lockout began on July 14, after the OLG and the Public Service Alliance of Canada failed to agree on a new contract.
rabble news July 14
University of Toronto student union building. Photo: Skewe Too/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | The union representing workers at the University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU) says recent layoffs violate the collective bargaining agreement and put students' services at risk.
rabble news July 14
Meagan Gillmore | Manitoba unions have filed an injunction to stop a recently passed law that would freeze public service employees' wages, saying it violates their constitutional right to freedom of association.
politics July 14
Justin Trudeau participates in discussion at Canadian Labour Congress National Young Workers Summit. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | It has been a long time since the Canadian labour movement has had the opportunity to applaud the actions of a Canadian federal government. And yet recently the Canadian Labour Congress did just that.
rabble series July 12
Image of Guy Caron. Courtesy of Caron campaign
Karl Nerenberg | NDP MP Guy Caron has two distinct advantages in the party's leadership race: he is the only Quebecer in the race and the only one who can lay claim to being a professional economist.
rabble news July 10
Steve Price-Thomas | The G20 meeting wrapped up in Hamburg on Saturday evening with only incremental changes planned to address the world's most pressing problems.
arts/media July 7
Wide shot of participants at table. Photo: Elizabeth Littlejohn
Helene Vosters, Elizabeth Littlejohn | Stitch-by-Stitch's Unsettling Canada Day Sewing Circle was held in solidarity with Unsettling Canada 150 National Day of Action by Idle No More and Defenders of the Land.
rabble news July 7
Meagan Gillmore | A tentative agreement has been reached between slot machine workers at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Members will vote on the agreement this weekend.
rabble news July 6
G20 Oxfam photo demo. Photo: Mike Auerbach/Oxfam
Steve Price-Thomas | This is a time for seriousness and substantial answers to huge problems. Can the G20 come up with any of them?
rabble series July 5
Charlie Angus Got Your Back Tour 2017. Image: Facebook/Charlie Angus
Karl Nerenberg | Charlie Angus is perhaps best known as a passionate and articulate advocate in Parliament for Indigenous people. He wants to create a discourse that will cross the many lines of division in Canada.
rabble news July 4
Centennial College - HP Campus. Photo: JasonParis/flickr
Meagan Gillmore | The summer months are providing little reprieve for staff and representatives at the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) who work with college instructors.
rabble news June 30
Meagan Gillmore | A new report from CUPE details problems with scheduling, overwork, and patient care experienced by medical technicians.
in their own words June 30
Photo of walk participants courtesy of Albert Dumont
Albert Dumont | On June 23, Algonquin elders took part in the Faith is Peace walk from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill, joined by the region's faith leaders in support of the struggle for sacred Akikodjiwan.
politics June 23
Photo of Jagmeet Singh by Mitchel Raphael (via Olivia Chow/flickr)
Meagan Gillmore | NDP leadership candidates reinforced their commitment to workers and the labour movement at a debate hosted by the United Steelworkers in Toronto on Thursday night.
politics June 23
Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | Is the Trudeau government merely Harper-lite or is it a beacon of democratic, humanistic internationalism? Based on its record this past year, and at the mid point in its mandate, it is neither.
rabble news June 21
Image: Mathieu Côté/Wikimedia Commons
Meagan Gillmore | In a paper released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Lynne Fernandez and Jim Silver describe the history of Indigenous people in labour.

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