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REFLECTIONS ON THE CHRONICLE HERALD STRIKE

by Frances Willick

My Herald colleagues voted on August 10 to accept a deal after a year and a half on strike. For many — most, I dare say — this is little cause for celebration. Yes, it brings a much-needed resolution to this toxic situation.

But the toll it has taken is deep.

Unless you’ve been on strike for a lengthy period, you probably can’t fathom what that feels like. I was on strike with my Herald co-workers for about 14 and a half months, although I was on maternity leave for 12 of those months, and have since taken a job at the CBC. But I certainly got a good taste of what it’s like. The anger just gnaws at you. Anger towards management who forced you out. Anger towards scabs (I’m not using that other term, which is way too nice for them). Anger toward those who could have helped, but didn’t. Read more!

 


BOX OFFICE BRAWL: WORKERS TAKE ON CINEPLEX MANAGEMENT

By Ilija Dimeski

Cineplex workers in Quebec. with local 262 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), are planning to go on strike. Created in 1912 in Montreal, this union has been actively fighting for decent work for theatre employees in Quebec. From representing the cinema projectionists, to the front of the house employees, to live theatre and other entertainment related businesses, they have emerged as powerful advocates for theatre and cinema workers. Read more!


PREMIER MCNEIL'S BILL 148 WILL TAKE US BACK TO THE DARK AGES

By Larry Haiven

On Tuesday, August 22, the provincial government enforced the Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 148), imposing a four-year wage package on 75,000 public employees. Even at current low rates of inflation, this could result in a real wage cut of about 7%. In addition, the Act peremptorily removes a long service award scheme that the unions accepted many years ago in lieu of up-front wage increases. That approximately a further 2% pay cut for new employees. Read more!


EMPLOYERS WHINE ABOUT ALBERTA'S FIRST OHS REVIEW IN 41 YEARS

By Bob Barnetson

Last week, Alberta announced a review of its occupational health and safety system. Alberta has not done a comprehensive review of its OHS system since it was created in 1976.

Not surprisingly, employers representatives (such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses) were quick to whine about the government reviewing whether it is possible to make workplaces safer and reduce injuries and fatalities for the first time in 41 years. Read more!

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