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January 21, 2022
 

Hey Shift Workers,

Canadian media outlets have reduced using the terms "essential workers" and "frontline workers," according to a new media analysis from Passage.

Editor Davide Mastracci analyzed use of the two phrases in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the National Post throughout the pandemic.

This shift in language is useful for employers and polticians who have pressured workers to return to 'normal' despite skyrocketing hospitalizations, Mastracci argues.

Is it any wonder grocery store workers are 'insulted' employers are refusing to reinstate pandemic pay?

- Emily

 
 
 
 
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  • 160 workers and PSAC members at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada have been on strike since Nov 26 for pay equity.


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  • BC IG Machines and Fibres Workers and IAM Local 692 members have been locked out since July 12, 2021.

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