“Power goes to two poles – to those who’ve got the money and those who’ve got the people.” — Saul Alinsky May 1st marks May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, when countless workers across the globe take to the streets to commemorate the sacrifice and struggle of a strong labour movement that faced state-sanctioned violence to bring us the 8-hour work day, wages, benefits, and safe working environments, while continuing to hold institutions and governments accountable in what shouldn’t be an uphill battle for fair working conditions and living wages but often is. As a student at Memorial University for the past six years, I am no stranger to the immense contribution workers on our campus make, to allow students to learn in a safe and supportive environment. Despite the crumbling infrastructure due to years of upper level mismanagement, a profound amount of effort goes into keeping classrooms,…
The PC’s austerity budget ignores the fiscal realities of a resource-based economy.
Opportunities and challenges alike lie ahead for young workers in Newfoundland and Labrador
Instead of concentrating on short-term gains for a few, it’s time for the province to shift course in favour of long-term, stable prosperity for us all
The NL Federation of Labour is holding a political action conference later this month, and there’s a lot on the agenda
In a world that’s desperate for jobs, why are we ‘innovating’ ourselves out of them?
What do we do when our work ceases to be a motivational factor in our lives?
The damage CETA will wreak on our economy and our democratic rights is unprecedented. But it can still be stopped.
A Labour Day message from the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
A strong EI program is vital to strengthen our economy and our communities
Nowadays, being from Newfoundland is like being some sort of exotic bird.
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Labour vows to fight back
Government is attacking its own good labour legislation, and it makes no sense. Card-check certification is effective, democratic, and a basic right that must be protected.
Under the threat of continued public sector cuts and further erosion of our societal and cultural values, a general strike may be the only answer.
In the face of mounting evidence about exploitation of foreign workers, it’s time for our provincial government to take concrete action
A minimum wage increase is a good start. But it’s only a start…
Time for Vale to stop flexing its muscles, and start fixing its problems
The needs of the many outweigh the profits of the few
A look at the increasingly polarized debate between business and labour about how best to attract and retain workers in the province.