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Unpacking CLAC

July 25, 2013

“What do you do for a living?” This question is asked of all of us on a regular basis—on vacations, during casual conversation with the new neighbour across the street, or, as was my case recently, while chatting with a stranger sitting beside me on a three-hour flight between Saskatoon and Toronto. The length and [...]

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Rebooting the “brand”

February 14, 2012

“Unions must overhaul themselves dramatically—and fast—or face a slow death.” This was the conclusion of a recent leaked document, as reported by the Toronto Star. The “secret” paper was prepared for discussion at merger talks between the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers (CEP) union. According to the Star, the [...]

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Power Politics

December 19, 2011

It was a done deal. The recent decision by the International Trade Union Confederation of (ITUC) to suspend CLAC’s membership clearly had been made long before the process even got started. The suspension came at the request of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and was an exercise in pure power politics. The investigation, report, and [...]

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