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BC Wins a $15 Minimum Wage: In 40 Months
By February 12, 2018 Read More →

BC Wins a $15 Minimum Wage: In 40 Months

British Columbia’s NDP government delivered some good news and some bad news on the minimum wage. The good news: not only are we getting a $15 minimum wage, but they’re throwing two extra dimes into the deal. The bad news: the low paid workers of Canada’s most expensive province will have to wait 40 long […]

Socialist Alternative #8 – Published
By January 24, 2018 Read More →

Socialist Alternative #8 – Published

Issue #8 of Socialist Alternative has been published. Includes articles on the housing crisis, stopping the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the fight for $15, women fight back, Canada today, news from around the world and more. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

Let’s Talk about Bell
By January 23, 2018 Read More →

Let’s Talk about Bell

And let’s talk about how it’s making mental health worse. For several years now, Canada’s biggest telecom company has pushed January 31st as a national day of discussion about a topic that very much requires it. On bus shelters, TV commercials, and sponsored social media posts, you’ll see how a major corporate citizen is shining […]

Posted in: Canada, Health, Work
Timmies heats up Fight for 15

Timmies heats up Fight for 15

 Tim Hortons’ attack on low paid workers has ignited protests across Canada. On Friday, January 19, over 50 rallies took place from coast to coast. There is a powerful public backlash against actions of some Timmies franchise holders who have cut paid break times and made their employees pay more for their benefits as they […]

#MeToo Shakes the System

#MeToo Shakes the System

Build a mass women’s movement Just a few months ago, detailed allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment first broke into the mainstream media. Courageous actresses took a stand against a powerful figure within a multi-billion dollar industry that normalizes sexism. This has sparked a new phase of a growing women’s movement which began with the […]

Ontario College Lecturers
By November 21, 2017 Read More →

Ontario College Lecturers

Ontario College Faculty, 5 weeks on strike, reject employers’ offer – Liberal Government brings in back to work legislation Over 12,000 full-time professors, partial-load instructors, counsellors and librarians, from 24 colleges across the province, had been on strike for a record 33 days when, on November 17, Kathleen Wynne’s government introduced back to work legislation. […]

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

In May, the Ontario government, to the surprise of many, announced its plan to introduce a $15 an hour minimum wage, beginning with $14 in January 2017 and reaching the full $15 the following year. Given that the existing minimum is $11.75 and that the implementation time to a full 15 is one of the […]

Posted in: Canada, Ontario, Work
Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is getting a raise, and becoming the first Midwestern city to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage. The proposal will benefit 71,000 workers, overwhelmingly women and workers of color. Winning $15 in Minneapolis shows another way cities can push back against Trump’s corporate-backed agenda. In three short years, the fight for $15 in […]

Posted in: US, Work
Québec: 175,000 Construction Workers Strike

Québec: 175,000 Construction Workers Strike

After a week of the strike, the Québec Liberals legislated the workers back to work. Engineers employed by the province also had been on strike for three weeks. An open-ended general strike all across Québec began in the construction industry on Wednesday. The main issues in the dispute are about work schedules and overtime. Workers […]

Posted in: Canada, Quebec, Work
Where are Trudeau’s Sunny Ways?

Where are Trudeau’s Sunny Ways?

Justin Trudeau took power in October 2016 adopting the mantra of sunny ways. After more than a year, how has he done? If he was a figure skater his performance might score high on style, but considerably lower on content/substance. Or as a young friend put it, “The smile is a change from before but […]

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