Larry Haiven: I have a modest proposal, which I think is almost directly analogous to the decision of Halifax Regional Libraries to deny a free venue to the Radical Imagination Project to show films critical of the police without ‘the other side.’
Larry Haiven on a proposed development at Spring Garden and Robie, an impressive facade failing to hide four towers of 30, 26, 20 and 16 storeys on a single city block. “Using a bit of heritage as the fig leaf for rampant and unheeding development is becoming the latest shell game in Halifax,” writes Haiven.
On February 20, Nova Scotia teachers will vote whether or not to engage in a strike to protest changes in the system of public education meant to remove elected school boards, further enfeeble the union and impose government control. Larry Haiven takes a closer look at that notion of an illegal strike. “Sometimes you just have to show that, as Mr. Bumble says in Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, “The law is a ass – a idiot.” It is not at all uncommon in Canadian labour history for workers to give that message to employers and the government,” he writes.
The new collective agreement for provincial civil servants decided by an Arbitration Board is not the victory the labour movement claims it is, writes Larry Haiven. At the end of the contract workers will be earning less than they are now, how much less will depend on the inflation rate. And that’s not taking into account the freezing (and removal for new employees) of the “long-service award.
Larry Haiven on Bill 148:| “Unions and collective bargaining and, yes, strikes, are part of the price we all pay for living in a democracy, convenient or not. Bill 148 takes us back to the dark ages and workers, again, will have to take matters into their own hands.”
Today’s remarks by Larry Haiven at the Law Amendments Committee regarding Bill 75 to remove the right to strike from teachers. “Teachers must have a way of indicating that the conditions under which they work do not overstress them or the quality of education delivery.”
From the very popular Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers Facebook page comes this FAQ about the what and why of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union work to rule action. From “Isn’t the government broke?” to “What about our Christmas Concert?”, it’s all here. We added a table of content for easy navigation.