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November 26, 2021
 

Hey Shift Workers,

Around the world, workers are striking and protesting on Black Friday to #MakeAmazonPay fair wages, taxes, and to mitigate the climate change effects of its operations.

The Make Amazon Pay coalition, which began last year, has grown to coordinate actions in 20 countries - including Canada. The coalition also targets multiple points along Amazon's supply chain: warehouses, oil refineries, corporate offices, and more.

Ontario's Peel Region Warehouse Workers Centre held a protest this afternoon and asks supporters to sign a letter to their elected representatives demanding to #MakeAmazonPay in Canada.

- Emily

 
 
 
 
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Top Headlines
 
Graphic via University of Manitoba Faculty Union
 

  • Doug Ford has refused to implement 10 paid sick days, but the fight continues. Check out the economic argument for paid sick days here.


  • Manitoba's new premier Heather Stefanson is repealing a bill that imposed a public sector wage freeze on workers. This is the sixth piece of legislation the Manitoba PCs have repealed since former premier Brian Pallister resigned.







  • Video from the Labour Confronts the Climate Crisis conference is now online.

 
New Organizing
 
Graphic via Anne Douris.
 

  • Etoile Filante childcare workers in Ottawa unionized with CUPE.

  • Chilliwack Crime Prevention workers unionized with CUPE.

  • Thinking of organizing your workplace? Here's what you need to know!

 
Picket Shifts
 
Napanee shelter workers on strike. Photo via Unifor.
 

  • Watch: "Strikes and the Media" webinar with Nora Loreto of the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM)

  • The University of Manitoba Faculty Association members remain on strike. The PC government has denied interference in bargaining, meanwhile the U of M president has confirmed the province gave him a wage mandate.

  • Manitoba Rolling River school division custodians and cleaners and CUPE 1630 members are on strike for better wages.

  • Napanee shelter workers and Unifor members are on strike to address staffing levels and low wages.


  • Quebec Unifor members at industrial manufacturer Prelco strike after nearly 8 months at bargaining table, demanding wage increases.


  • Quebec SAQ workers and members of CUPE 3535 suspended a strike for higher wages that will resume November 29.


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

  • BC hotel workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 40, have been locked out by Hilton Metrotown and Pacific Gateway hotel chains for over six months.


  • BC construction workers with IBEW 213 have been on strike for two years fighting union-buster Ledcor.

 
Before You Go...
 
Graphic via Canadaland
 

  • The Canadaland Commons podcast series on mining features the heartwrenching account of a former worker employed during Nova Scotia's Westray mine disaster.

  • What is the "welfare state" anyway? Learn about the history of Canada's social safety net in Passage's new email course Rebuilding the Welfare State.

 
Events
 
 
  • November 29 - Dec 3: The Canadian Labour Congress will connect workers with their MPs in virtual townhalls during Action Week. Sign up here.



 
Shift Work Culture
 
Graphic via the Museum of Toronto
 
 
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