News release: The workers of Bryony House (PSAC DCL Local 80022) are pleased that a new home has been found for the only transition house in the Halifax Regional Municipality, but questions remain about why it only happened after such a long wait and public pressure.
Judy Haiven joined striking CN workers on the picket line and writes about the issues at stake and concerns that the workers will be legislated back to work. After all, it happened before.
As of Tuesday 3,200 CN conductors, trainpersons and yard workers, members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, have been on strike across Canada, and freight trains aren’t moving. Money is’t the problem.
At 48-hours, Nova Scotia has one of the longest workweeks in the country. Before a worker is legally entitled to earn an overtime rate of pay (one-and-a half times their regular wage), they generally have to have worked 48-hours over a one-week span. Lisa Cameron reports.
Scott Neigh does such a wonderful job highlighting activist work all across Canada. Whenever his podcast Talking Radical touches upon Nova Scotia he generously allows the Advocate to share. Here is Scott talking about the Halifax Workers Action Centre with Sakura Saunders and NS Advocate writer Lisa Cameron.
Retail worker Tony Lohnes would like to see a law that makes stores close at 4 PM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s eve. Retail workers need some family time too, he says.
The Fight for $15 & Fairness is rallying people behind the bold vision of building the economy from below, and is also demanding higher income assistance rates.
It’s that time again. The Canadian Labour International Film Festival comes to the Bus Stop on November 12. The Halifax screening will feature five international short films celebrating workers. Free admission! Free popcorn!
Remembrance Day is a punitive holiday day because many Nova Scotians must forego pay. That week your pay cheque will be 20% lighter than it was for a 5-day week.
Larry Haiven takes a closer look at the dispute between the Crown Attorneys and the government. “The Premier and the attorney general are spreading key misconceptions, fed by the public’s (and the media’s) unfamiliarity with the process and economics of collective bargaining. To be sure, these matters can be complicated. But that’s no excuse,” he writes.