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May-June 2018

REVIEW: New book explores the unlikely success of an Alberta union

Inside Jason Foster's Defying Expectations

Jessica Rose

Defying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401 By Jason Foster Athabasca University Press, $34.95 Defying Expectations: The Case of UFCW Local 401 is a book about success. In it, Edmonton’s Jason Foster, an associate professor of human resources and labour relations at Athabasca University and former director of policy analysis at the Alberta Federation […] 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 »

Why aren’t we talking more about the politics of labour?

Oops! What we missed in our 50th anniversary issue

Nora Loreto@NoLore

This Magazine is 50 years old. To celebrate, This editors embarked on an ambitious project: they featured 50 ideas from “Canada’s brightest, boldest, and most rebellious thinkers, doers, and creators” to “share their best big ideas.” I was struck not by what was there, but what was missing: Of the 50 ideas, there wasn’t one […] More »
May-June 2012

How companies are capitalizing on teamwork, turnover, and a growing youth workforce that sees the labour movement as passé

Michelle Kaeser

  The meat counter at the Cambie Street Whole Foods in Vancouver is thirty feet long, filled with choice cuts of beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and at least 20 different kinds of sausages. Two clerks, dressed in white smocks, black aprons, and Whole Foods caps, hustle around behind the counter, making sure everything looks just […] More »

As Middle East citizens reclaim their countries, democracy weakens at home

victoria salvas

In Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, even Italy, citizens are rising up, risking their lives to protest their corrupt governments. Egyptians, in a historical event, have proven they can be successful in overthrowing years of dictatorial leadership. Canadians were mostly cheering along (though our government wasn’t), but’s hard to put ourselves in their place—Canada, flawed though it […] More »
September-October 2009

Solidarity forever. Or until the litterbox is full.

RM VaughanWebsite

In which the author finds his lefty credentials sorely tested by one malodorous cat It’s hard enough to be a socially progressive, left-leaning, anti-globalization, conscientious sort in this world, but to be a socially progressive, left-leaning, anti-globalization, conscientious sort and be mildly inconvenienced? It’s too much to bear. As I write this, Toronto is several […] More »

Grumble if you want, but Toronto city workers are right to strike

Graham F. Scott

[Disclosure: CUPE is a This Magazine advertiser] Toronto is now about half a day into a municipal workers’ strike, and the usual braying chorus has sprung up on radio, television, and the op-ed pages, alternately condemning or defending the strike action. Generally, there are three viewpoints expressed: This is inconvenient, but overall I support the […] More »
November-December 2003

Union Busted

Julie Crysler

Score another win for Wal-Mart in its battle against the United Food and Commercial Workers. More »