This Magazine

Progressive politics, ideas & culture

Menu

labour

January-February 2021

Equal work, equal pay

A timeline of how midwives in Ontario fought a 30-year battle against gender discrimination to earn back pay equity

Julia Mastroianni

Midwifery as a profession has been heavily dominated by women, and in Ontario, it’s the most exclusively woman-dominated profession in the province. Despite using similar skills and performing similar tasks to family physicians, since their official establishment as a health profession in Ontario, midwives have been fighting for pay equity. Here’s a look at the […] More »
January-February 2021

The gig is up

App-based workers in Canada are taking things into their own hands

Ryan Hayes

“I remember thinking to myself: if this is the future of work, then the future is going to be hell,” recounts bike courier Brice Sopher. Sopher began working for Toronto food delivery startup Hurrier in 2015 after getting laid off from his office job. As an event promoter and DJ, he was attracted to the […] More »
July-August 2020

Labour opposes the arms trade

Trade unionists, workers, and peace activists unite against humanitarian crisis

Scott Neigh

Simon Black was watching the news on television with his one-month-old daughter on his lap. A report came on—a bombing of a school bus in Yemen by coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia, which killed dozens of children and injured dozens more. Black had one of those moments that sometimes happen to new parents, a […] More »

Invisible labour and tangible risk

On working through a pandemic

Nisa Malli

Lately, all of my labour—domestic, creative, and income-earning—has shrunk to the space of a studio apartment. My office now doubles as my kitchen table, my gym, and my sick bed. It is a home which felt small even when I had access to third spaces for work, leisure, and exercise (such as cafes, parks, libraries […] More »
January-February 2020

When mental heath is not on the menu

People working in Canada's restaurant industry need more supports—and some are cropping up

Zakiya Kassam

  My first restaurant job was also my last. It was a three-month stint that passed by in a blur of cutlery roll ups, tedious small-talk, and barely-there tips. Like many jobs in the food service sector, my shifts were long and ran late, and my hourly pay was well below minimum wage. Breaks were […] More »

Inside the conditions migrant workers face in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Most know it as a destination for summer wine tastings. But for migrant workers, Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to extremely difficult, precarious work

Kristin Lozanski

It’s August 7, 2016, the day after Jamaican Independence Day. I’m in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., sitting on the back of a “jitney”—a truck with the top of the cab chopped off, used to haul crates of freshly picked peaches from the fields to the packing barns. A few men are sipping Labatt’s Blue, while others drink […] More »
July-August 2017

Inside Newfoundland and Labrador’s uphill battle to economic prosperity

The province is banking on industry for its financial salvation

Nora Loreto@NoLore

This year, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Ours is a country of rich history—but not all Canadian stories are told equally. In this special report, This tackles 13 issues—one per province and territory—that have yet to be addressed and resolved by our country in a century and a half At a St. John’s rally on April 6, the […] More »

Here’s what Conservative leadership hopefuls have to say about labour

Spoiler alert: You're not going to love their proposed policies

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Thinking about @justinpjtrudeau and his plan to plunge #Canada into a $1.5 trillion bankruptcy. Wow I have to get rid of this this guy in 2019! A post shared by Kevin O’Leary (@kevinolearyshark) on Mar 3, 2017 at 2:13pm PST Kevin O’Leary, the Boston-based former CBC personality said that if he were ever elected, he […] More »

Five issues to watch the Liberals address in 2017

Will Justin Trudeau's government keep their promises? We'll see

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Stephen Harper didn’t hide what he thought of working people. His government waged attacks against collective bargaining. They tried to force unions to develop overly bureaucratic measures to make their finances public to non-members. They resisted and dismantled social programs that help people, even if they had few or no benefits through their work. And they […] More »
November-December 2016

New documentary exposes Canada’s abusive migrant labour program

Min Sook Lee's Migrant Dreams delves into the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's precarious issues

Pema Tsering@PemaTsering1

If you look at a map of southern Ontario, Leamington seems no more remarkable than the other small towns that dot Lake Erie’s coastline. Yet, in Min Sook Lee’s documentary Migrant Dreams, the 30,000-population town becomes the setting of a much bigger issue. Leamington has the largest concentration of greenhouses in North America. And, thanks to […] More »

Should unions still call workers “brothers” and “sisters”?

The titles adhere to a strict gender binary—and union activists are demanding change

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Have you ever been called “sister” in a union meeting? Did you feel erased or were you misgendered? The labour movement practice of calling one another “sister” or“brother” clashes with a growing consciousness about the perils of classifying people into a strict gender binary, and many union activists are demanding change.  “We’re erased in many […] More »