Anti-unionism at Heart of Free Press Argument

By Lynne Fernandez For such a short article, the June 29th editorial: Do not further inflate Bipole III raises an impressive array of questions and concerns. First of all, according to reports from the Floodway Authority (and as …

Business Interests Trump Democratic and Union Rights, Fairness and Social Justice

by Errol Black On March 9, my blog post described actions by the federal government that show contempt for Canadian workers. I stated concern that ordering Canada Post and Air Canada workers back-to-work sent a message to employers that they …

Errol Black to receive Joe Zuken Award

The Joseph Zuken Memorial Association will present Errol Black with the Joe Zuken City Activist Award in recognition of his decades of activism. Over the years, Errol has made an enormous contribution to the struggle for social justice …

The Challenges Facing Labour

PDF version By Errol Black and Jim Silver Formidable challenges face Canada’s labour movement. Meeting these requires organized labour to reclaim its historic role as the progressive voice of all working people, and as an active participant in …

Hostile Labour Relations Cause Unnecessary Conflict with Brandon’s Public Sector

PDF version by Julie Guard and Errol Black Three weeks ago the Manitoba Labour Board reinstated Brandon Professional Fire Fighters/Paramedics Association president Wade Ritchie in his job as a fire fighter. The city of Brandon had fired Ritchie …

Ask Target for Fairness: Retail jobs worth fighting for

PDF version by Kevin Shimmin In 2011, American retail giant Target bought 189 Zellers stores across Canada. Soon after the purchase, the corporation sold 39 stores to Walmart and another handful to other retailers such as Sobeys. Target …

Kevin Rebeck’s Response to Bill C-377

Kevin Rebeck, of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, sent this letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding Bill C-377. This Bill would require labour organizations to submit detailed financial information covering salaries, revenues and expenses each year, to be …

The Harper Government’s Contempt for Canadian Workers

by Errol Black Shortly after being elected with a majority government on May 2, 2011 the Harper government began to show their contempt for the rights of Canadian workers and their organizations. On June 16, 2011, Harper’s government …

Labour-Management Conflict in Brandon’s Public Sector: Chapter 2

PDF version by Errol Black Labour-management conflict has once again taken centre stage in the city of Brandon. The first episode involved the Brandon University Faculty Association (BUFA) and Brandon University. The recent conflict involves the City of …

Solidarity Forever – the Union Makes us Strong

by Errol Black The evening of Friday November 25, 2011, the BUFA Bargaining Team at Brandon University issued a terse statement to members declaring that their 45 day strike at Brandon University was over:   A tentative agreement has …