Tag Archives: labour

(711) Organized labour & the sprawl


Playing in the sandA fresh angle on the effect of built form on workers in this essay from Shelterforce.

Sprawl vs. unions. The three very different stories of the building trades in Atlanta, Denver, and Portland, Ore., show just how much urban development patterns affect workers

Sprawl is the most inconspicuous adversary of labor unions

image: Andrei Dragusanu/Flickr

(598) Bye bye Bell

a069026-v8Bell Canada has put an end to a high profile management internship program.  One of the oldest nameplates in corporate Canada has brought legal risk and embarrassment upon itself  with the extent and character of the unpaid employment it has played host to.  A former intern has brought legal action against Bell in part of what appears to be a general backlash against internship.

Bell Canada cancels massive unpaid-internship program. The unpaid work program is part of an ongoing federal labour dispute involving a former intern seeking back wages thestar.com

image: Library & Archives Canada

(497) Ontario investigates internships

TypistInternship is a nice idea.  Young people are brought into work environments and given a share of the tasks at hand.  They learn through experience and their host can assess their suitability as potential employees.  The reality of interning is typically much weaker stuff than this win-win fantasy.  Internship has grown and grown since the 1980s and now it is reckoned that hundreds of thousands of people are working for nothing throughout the Canadian economy.  Small wonder there is a backlash against interning.

Unpaid internships at Toronto Life, The Walrus shut down by Ontario

image: Wikimedia Commons

(486) Ontario work force faces massive change [CCPA study]

Russell Motors TorontoWhat many see around them regarding negative change in the circumstances of working people is increasingly confirmed by formal efforts.  Another example of such confirmation was released today in the form of a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report.  Seismic Shift looks at the labour market in Ontario and the way it has swung strongly toward unreliable, precarious employment.

Sesimic Shift: Ontario’s Changing Labour Market by Kaylie Thiesen
CCPA site for 30-page .pdf download

image: Women Operators by CA Reid depicting the Russell car plant in Toronto in 1919 via Wikimedia Commons

(469) Collective bargaining & poverty

Valentines DayIf you love someone surprise them with a good, unionized job instead of some artery-clogging chocolates this Valentine’s Day.  Why?  Because OECD data seems to indicate the greater the part of the population covered by collective bargaining the better the health of that population through reduced poverty.  Canadian labour economist Jim Stanford considers the matter in this piece from rabble.ca.

Evidence shows: Unions and collective bargaining reduce poverty