— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 24, 2016 09:49 AM
Local Toronto food activists are working with unionized workers to shift local food procurement at the University of Toronto. By in-sourcing production and cooking real food they are showing that by working together, workers and activists can make a positive impact in our communities.
— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 24, 2016 09:44 AM
After almost two years working without a contract, the actors who provide the the voices for many of the most memorable video game characters have gone on strike.
— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 24, 2016 09:40 AM
The internet has become so important to global and local economies that if a connection goes down, it becomes a major disruption to peoples’ lives and work. This has made it a prime focus for those who want to cause economic damage.
— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 24, 2016 09:31 AM
The publication of hacked emails and documents seems to have become a regular occurrence in recent years. However, while the government documents leaked by Edward Snowden were combed through by journalists who made it a priority to write about and publish only stories that served the public interest, more recent leaks have not been handled so well.
— by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 23, 2016 02:52 PM
"The idea of a basic income has gained much popularity recently and not just among leftists but also with right-wing pro-capital proponents. Basic income boils down to making a monthly payment by a government to every citizen of an amount that meets ‘basic necessities’ whether that person is unemployed or not or whatever the circumstance. As Daniel Raventós, defines it in his recent book: “Basic Income is an income paid by the state to each full member or accredited resident of a society, regardless of whether or not he or she wishes to engage in paid employment, or is rich or poor or, in other words, independently of any other sources of income that person might have, and irrespective of cohabitation arrangements in the domestic sphere” (Basic Income: The Material Conditions of Freedom)."
— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 21, 2016 02:13 PM
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy's latest e-Bulletin outlines the existential split in the US trade union movement along the politics of fossil fuel pipelines. Since the beginning of the movement, similar ruptures have existed between socially conscious labour unions and those focused solely on jobs, regardless of the costs to communities or the environment. However, without both sides taking some leadership to openly debate the issues based on accurate analysis, these divisions will continue to be acutely harmful to the broader movement.
— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 20, 2016 12:43 PM
A former NDP Member of Parliament is leading a group attempting to raid the largest private sector union in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor).
— by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 20, 2016 12:33 PM
When a Canadian consumer buys a pair of jeans for $30 at H&M, an entire chain of production is at play. While $30 for a pair of jeans may seem like a bargain, there's more to it than a marked-down price tag. Millions of workers are involved in the international textile supply chain: in cotton fields, in the textile factories of Bangladesh, in shipping and packaging, and in retail outlets around the world.
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 20, 2016 12:14 PM
"There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton will win the crown of ringmaster of the political circus that is the US election. ... the question now before us is this: where do you stand on direct US intervention? In the long and convoluted history of this war there have been precious few moments of clear and unmistakable moral judgment. If anything, the portrait of the war in Syria is colored in shades of gray, with little black and white to be found."
— by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 20, 2016 12:09 PM
"Coordinating standards with another country inevitably means surrendering a little sovereignty. This riles many Europeans, who worry that CETA will dilute environmental standards and labour laws; they suspect that new courts established by the treaty to settle investor disputes with governments will favour corporations over regulators."