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HAMILTON FIGHTS TO KEEP TRANSIT PUBLIC

by Evan Johnston

Transit workers in Hamilton have launched a new campaign to keep the city’s public transportation system — and specifically, the city’s newly approved Light-Rail Transit (LRT) — under public control.

The campaign, “
Keep Transit Public,” was launched on June 15 by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 107, the union representing drivers, maintenance workers, and support staff at the Hamilton Street Railway (HSR), and is being supported by a broad coalition of progressive forces, including the Hamilton and District Labour Council, individual unions, and local NDP MPPs (including Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath, who is the MPP for Hamilton Centre). Read more!


A POLITICAL REVOLUTION: JEAN SWANSON RUNS FOR VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL

By Daniel Tseghay

In 1974, Jean Swanson was a 31-year-old single mother working as a waitress at the Patricia Hotel when Libby Davies and Bruce Eriksen stopped in for a drink. She had seen them on TV, fighting for better housing conditions with the newly-formed Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA) so she began talking with them and, eventually, asked for a job. Swanson has since been at the forefront of anti-poverty organizing in Vancouver. And on Tuesday she announced she’ll be running in the city’s by-election set for October 14. Read more!


HOW THE SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT KILLED STC

By John Thornton

Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) Annual Reports, available online, suggest that between 2010 and 2012 the Sask Party had figured out how to run STC. Ridership had increased in 2010, the first year-over-year increase in ridership since the NDP lost the election of 2007.

Two seat sales had offset a 2010 fare increase; the May and September $10 one way fare for over-sixties, and the summer $40 unlimited monthly youth pass. May and September ridership went up by 7.4%, and the youth passes increased the number of summer riders by 3.7%. Read more!

 


FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL: MANITOBA'S 1987 WESTFAIR STRIKE

In the summer of 1987, grocery store workers at 12 Westfair stores in Manitoba went on a bitter 125-day strike against a company push to drive down the standards established by collective bargaining, introduce a two-tier wage structure, and smash up the union itself, UFCW Local 832. Rankandfile.ca spoke with Scott Price, a historian at the University of Winnipeg’s Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg, who has interviewed numerous UFCW Local 832 members about the history of the union. Scott is presenting a history of the strike at the Winnipeg Public Library on August 28. Read more! Check out our weekly labour news update every Monday for a summary of the past week's top labour news stories, and our feature labour video every Saturday!  @rankandfilca Facebook  r53 | r54 






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