A compendium of articles about bills, laws and regulations that have an impact on workers, organized labour, unions and journalism.
Ontario post-secondary students leading charge against Ford’s funding cuts - NASR AHMED Thousands of angry college and university students took to the streets of Toronto on Jan. 25, standing shoulder to shoulder in Yonge-Dundas Square in the bitter cold. With them, they carried signs with slogans like Education is a Right and Fund our Future. Images would roll in on social media from the high-rise buildings above, showing a swarm of bodies marching through the streets and ending eventually on the lawn of Queen’s Park. The march against cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) was one of the largest mobilizations of Ontario students in years, but this was just the beginning of the fightback that these students would mount in the face of a provincial conservative government determined to make sweeping changes to the funding of post-secondary education. Today, students from 13 colleges and universities will walk out of their classes at noon and continue to escalate their protest of the Ford government’s cuts to post-secondary education. Among them will be CWA Canada Associate Members, many of whom are students enrolled in journalism or other media programs. Cuts to OSAP and the so-called “Student Choice Initiative” The set of reforms to post-secondary education funding announced in January includes [...] Media union welcomes federal aid for news industry, cautions about possible loophole - OTTAWA — CWA Canada, the country’s only all-media union, welcomes the measures in today’s federal budget to help the news industry, but worries a possible loophole could let a company like Postmedia funnel millions to its vulture fund debt-holders and to executives. The budget includes $595 million in tax credits and other incentives over five years, and allows non-profit media organizations to effectively be eligible for charitable status. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon applauded the funding, saying it should go a long way to helping local news outlets survive and even thrive. But he added that the union can’t fully endorse the package until further details are provided. “We need to know there will be rules to ensure that a company like Postmedia can’t simply take millions of dollars in labour tax credits and pass that on to the debt-holders who control it or to pay huge executive salaries or bonuses,” O’Hanlon said. “The money must go toward improving journalism.” In a shocking and shameless move, Postmedia boosted CEO Paul Godfrey’s compensation package to a whopping $5 million last year, while laying off workers and pleading for a government bailout. The company has also been paying tens of millions of [...] CWA Canada Student/Associate Members support striking postal workers - CWA Canada Student/Associate Members are throwing their full support behind the more than 50,000 striking postal workers who have been unjustly legislated back to work by the federal government. Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have been conducting rotating strikes for 37 days over core issues that are vitally important. Women’s equality, health and safety, and precarious work are all issues that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has taken a stand on. However, with this back-to-work legislation, the government has decided instead to allow Canada Post to continue with practices that reinforce inequity and cause injuries. Workers in Canada have a constitutional right to collective bargaining and to strike as a means to achieve a fair agreement. The CWA Canada Student/Associate Members take the removal of these rights very seriously. An attack of this magnitude on CUPW-STTP members is an attack on the entire labour movement and sends a very clear message from this government: we don’t care about Canadian workers, we’re not on your side. If the Liberal government wants to continue to claim they are progressive, feminist, and worker-friendly, we demand that they reverse this decision and allow CUPW-STTP to continue to negotiate towards a [...]
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18.12.03 The Signal – Canada finally has a source protection law — is it enough?
18.11.29 Global News – 14-year-old criminal law for workplace fatalities rarely being enforced
18.03.04 John Longhurst – Turning Newspapers Into Charities: A New Model for the Future?
18.03.02 iPolitics.ca – Saving Canadian news media: Senate considers solutions for journalism, local news
18.02.27 iPolitics.ca – Federal budget opens door to non-profit media models
18.02.21 The Canadian Press – Laws must change, politician says after NL man acquitted of FHITP slur
18.01.16 The Conversation – Supreme Court ruling makes need for Competition Act reform urgent