Three good unionized jobs are lost as the National Research Council (NRC) in Halifax awards its new cleaning contract to a non-unionized company, paying minimum wage and providing no benefits. About fifty people gathered at the NRC office on Oxford Street to demand better.
Photos taken in and around public housing units in the Greystone Drive area during the last few weeks. All these units are currently occupied. Things have been like this for very long times.
The EAC believes we should pay close attention to the work and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is starting a monthly reading group to facilitate that effort.
Posties may soon be on strike, or locked out, or both. Canada Post isn’t in trouble, and should stop acting as if it is, says Tony Rogers, president of the CUPW Nova Local.
Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, reflects on the recent changes to the Canada Pension Plan.
A program that helps young persons with disabilities transition into the workforce is being cut by the Halifax Regional School Board. At the root lies the School Board’s unwillingness to deal with bullying by one of its employees, charges the executive director of Independent Living Nova Scotia.
In Nova Scotia people on welfare in need of extra supports for health reasons don’t count for much, poverty advocates told members of the Community Services Standing Committee.
David Ladouceur, tireless union and indigenous rights activist, talks about his ongoing fight to make the workplace and the union more inclusive of indigenous people.
A collective agreement signed earlier this week between Adsum House and its employees, members of CUPE, will ensure that all employees of Adsum for Women and Children will earn at least a living wage. This is likely a first in Nova Scotia. It’s part of a deliberate strategy, says executive director Sheri Lecker. “Sometimes you cannot wait until all pieces of the puzzle are there. This is one of those times.”
Half-price transit passes for people who live on low incomes doesn’t go far enough, says chronic complainer Robert Devet. Public transit for the very poor should be free, and Community Services should stop shirking its responsibility.