Time to give back to Manitoba’s north

First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Dec. 6, 2016 By Lynne Fernandez Those of us who were hoping that the Throne Speech would have details about a strategy for Manitoba’s North were disappointed. There seems to be… Read More

Honouring Ellen Olfert, founder of SAFE Workers of Tomorrow

By Lynne Fernandez In 1995, 19 year old Stephen Nicholson was on the job site working in a paint booth. He was working on the exhaust system and had been lowered into the vent when suddenly paint residue… Read More

U of M Labour Showdown: A New Sheriff in Town

by Lynne Fernandez On October 28th, an unusual joint statement was released by the University of Manitoba (U of M) administration and the union representing faculty, the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA). Unusual because these two entities… Read More

Submission: Legislative Committee hearing on Bill 7

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I hold the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. On behalf of the Chair, I wish to speak in opposition to… Read More

Provincial Budget Consultation submission from CCPA Manitoba

  This is the presentation Lynne Fernandez, Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues made in person for the Provincial Budget Consultation on October 26th, 2016.  Minister Friesen and Panel Members, thank you for inviting me to present this… Read More

Economic security, democratic rights and the secret ballot

This Work Life first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct. 3, 2016. By Sudhir Sandhu Democracy. The word carries a deep meaning for citizens of nations rooted in western democratic traditions. The full measure of the… Read More

Cities and Civic Workers: The Union Role in Building Better Cities

Book Review by Jim Silver Although Carlo Fanelli’s book Megacity Malaise: Neoliberalism, Public Services and Labour in Toronto is not about Winnipeg, it offers many insights applicable to Winnipeg and to other Canadian cities. Fanelli is a former… Read More

City of Winnipeg should study benefits of in-house waste collection

First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Sept. 13, 2016 By Lynne Fernandez This fall Winnipeg City Council will determine the future of waste and recycling collection in our city. Current contracts with Emterra Environmental and Progressive Waste… Read More

New Report: It’s Time To Give Back to Manitoba’s North

By Lynne Fernandez A new Errol Black Chair report released today examines how events are unfolding in  Churchill and The Pas. It puts these events in the context of the entire Northern region and urges government to consider… Read More

Manitoba Youth Crisis Workers Left in Limbo

By Lynne Fernandez Manitoba Government and General Employees Union members at Macdonald Youth Services (Local 221), who provide crisis intervention services to youth and families in Winnipeg, walked off the job on August 2, 2016. This move was… Read More