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Calgary says Fark No! to Jeromy Farkas
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October 22, 2021
 

Hey Shift Workers,

Right wing Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas was defeated this week, thanks to concerted organizing from the labour movement.

PressProgress Politics and Strategy columnist Jeremy Appel takes a look at Calgary's Future, the union-backed political action committee that saw nine of their endorsed candidates elected - including mayor Jyoti Gondek, the first woman to hold the position.

Now, the work begins to ensure these candidates are accountable to workers. As we saw in Regina last year, corporate executives and lobbyists organized to block council from passing mild environmental legislation.

For more Calgary and Alberta news, subscribe to Jeremy Appel's substack, The Orchard.

- Emily

 
 
 
 
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Top Headlines
 
Gig workers rally against misclassification and unheard Ontario Health and Safety complaints. Via GWU.
 

  • The Decent Work and Health Network is asking Justin Trudeau to not wait 100 days before implementing paid sick days. In BC, 84 doctors, health experts and economists are also calling for the province to implement 10 paid sick days.

  • The IATSE film worker strike that could see 60,000 U.S. workers walk off the job has been called off...for now. IATSE attained a last minute tentative agreement that has yet to be ratified by members. Unsafe film working conditions have been further amplified by the tragic news that Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.


  • The Teamsters' first union application to represent an Amazon warehouse in Nisku, Alberta has stalled, not attaining the 40% union card threshold. The Teamsters filed to represent workers at a second warehouse just outside Calgary, vote TBA.

  • CBC's The Fifth Estate produced an episode examining working conditions in Amazon's Canadian warehouses and the company's union busting tactics.




  • Two ER physicians highlight the negative health impacts the gig economy has on workers and what they would like to see in Ontario's Changing Workplaces Review recommendations next month.


 
New Organizing
 
Calgary Stampede via Travel Alberta.
 



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

 
Picket Shifts
 
Hilton Metrotown workers rally in Burnaby, BC. Photo by Jess Balzer.
 

  • BC hotel workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 40, marked 6 months of being locked out by Hilton Metrotown and Pacific Gateway hotel chains with a rally. Workers will also participate in a 'Striketober' day of action on Thursday, October 28.






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

 
 
Before You Go...
 
RCMP arrest Fairy Creek land defenders. Photo by by Ora Cogan.
 


  • The Saskatchewan Government Employees' Union produced a podcast called Pandemic at Work. Listen here.

 
Events
 
 



 
 
Shift Work Culture
 
 

Matatag: Filipina Care Workers During COVID-19, a photo exhibit by workers on the frontlines of the pandemic launched October 20 at A Space Gallery and runs until January 2022.

Check out the Canadian Labour International Film Festival virtual events and lineup here.

 
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