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by Editors — last modified 2016-05-07T14:44:47-04:00
Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

Not signing CETA a positive outcome of 6 years of resistance and raising concerns | EPSU

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 25, 2016 09:19 AM
The last minute attempts to pressure the Prime Minister of the Belgian region Wallonia into agreeing to the EU-Canada trade deal have failed. The regional parliaments of Wallonia and Brussels did not agree to mandate the Belgian federal government to sign the deal. The European Union therefore did not have the consent of all Member States to agree. The concerns expressed by Prime Minister Magnette are not new. They are points raised by EPSU, the Canadian unions and a very broad coalition of groups starting 6 years ago with the publication of a study underlining the flaws in the process to come to a EU-Canada trade agreement, followed up by another EPSU study how trade agreements could undermine public services.

Food Security and Unions | What's Left

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.

Transparency, privacy, and political opportunism | What's Left

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.

Basic income – too basic, not radical enough | Michael Roberts

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)."

US Labor and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) | What's Left

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.

Global textile: a supply chain that weighs on workers and the environment | What's Left

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.
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