Sunday, 20 October 2019

NS Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh on the government’s efforts to take away binding arbitration through legislation.

“Bill 203 is squarely aimed at undermining the negotiations of the attorneys now. It is also built to send a message to our 10,000 teachers who are in bargaining and other unions who, in the next 18 months, will also be heading into negotiations,” Cavanagh writes.

On Tuesday, October 15th, in lead up to Monday’s federal elections, Justin Trudeau spoke at Halifax’s Brewery Market. He was joined by Halifax MP Andy Fillmore. That evening, No One Is Illegal-Halifax/K’jipuktuk (NOII-Hfx) member Stacey Gomez was barred from participating in the event by the Liberal party. NOII-Hfx stands with Ms. Gomez and denounces this undemocratic move by the Liberals.

After nearly two years of negotiations with their employer members of the Canadian Union of Labour Representatives (IAMAW Local Lodge 3111 CULR), which represents the majority of staff at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) have overwhelmingly rejected the most recent offer from the employer and will begin strike action at all offices of the Canadian Labour Congress this Tuesday.

Press release: “If this government moves ahead with the P3 build for this development, we deserve to see accountability and answers on why the government of Nova Scotia is not following its own procurement law by posting the requests for proposals to the procurement website in accordance with legislation. This government is not above the laws it creates and needs to be held accountable,” says Danny Cavanagh, president of the NS Federation of Labour.

Judy Haiven on the apparent lack of a visible union presence at the climate rallies across the country. “There’s a disconnect between workers and environmentalists – and no one is trying to bridge the gap. Warning: It is widening,” she writes.

Already, we see racism and immigration emerging as key topics in this election and that includes discussions at the local level. At the September 12th “All Candidates Debate on Women’s Rights and Gender Equity” in Halifax, migrant justice was a key topic of discussion. Migrant justice organizer Stacey Gomez reports on where the four Halifax candidates stand.