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Fees, taxes, and revenue generation | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Apr 24, 2017 07:49 PM
There has been a recent uptick in discussions around the failure of the private sector to provide quality services. From airlines to infrastructure, from safe jobs to retirement, from the transition to a low-carbon environment to agrochemical companies poisoning the ground, from the cost of rent to the price of housing. People in the US are starting to realize that the private sector in a deregulated market is not able to stop greed from doing harm to many things we enjoy.

Petition · UTSU: Don't fire Vita & Maria · Change.org

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 23, 2017 09:17 AM
The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) executive and board of directors are attempting to eliminate the positions of the Health and Dental Plan Coordinator and Clubs and Service Groups Coordinator; and the UTSU executive has failed to fill the position of Financial Coordinator after an almost 12-month vacancy.

Centre-right student associations are hiring bogus, expensive audit firms and then firing unionized workers | rabble.ca

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 23, 2017 09:15 AM
This new tendency of regressive, anti-Federation (CFS) student associations to utilize politically affiliated (or hastily assembled) consulting firms does seem to have a very specific purpose: creating a technocratic cover for firing workers. Immediately in the wake of the Appian Way Group's audit, the RSU fired Gilary Massa and Dina Skvirsky, unionized employees under CUPE 1281. The UTSU is following suit, moving to fire two employees who are also CUPE 1281 members. As Vajdaan Tanveer noted in a blog, "it's a little weird that these external consulting groups are popping up around our students' unions and suddenly people are losing their jobs." It's worth mentioning that virtually all staff fired at these locals recently have been women.
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