$32 million Settlement Ends 12-year Legal Battle to Get Paid for Hours Worked
(Washington, D.C.) – After a 12 year legal struggle, more than 12,000 Tyson poultry workers in 41 plants in 12 states will receive their payments from the largest settlement against a major poultry company at $32 million. Thanks to the tenacity and dedication of thousands of workers from across the country and the support of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, workers involved in the suit will receive payments averaging $1,200 in lost wages.
A new campaign called “Were You Asked?” is putting the spotlight on Brad Wall’s reckless agenda for Saskatchewan. The campaign is rallying communities across Saskatchewan to make a stand for fairness and public services by organizing province-wide public meetings, and by inviting everyone to share their concerns online at wereyouasked.ca.
Canada’s leading union is questioning why a foundation that trumpets “freedom, democracy and human rights” as “fundamental values” has chosen Stephen Harper as their pick for the 2012 World Statesman of the Year. The Award, doled out annually, is the creation of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an American group started in 1965 as an “interfaith coalition of business and religious leaders that promotes peace, tolerance and ethnic conflict resolution.”
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating the workplace death of a Mexican migrant agriculture worker who was fatally injured on September 10, at an orchard operation near Belleville. FaustoMartinez-Izazaga, 38, died when an industrial water tank at the agriculture complex fell and crushed him.
Tuition fees for post-secondary education have increased to record levels in most provinces, according to a Statistics Canada release. Tuition fees are the main barrier to post-secondary education. Student debt in Canada is becoming unbearable and is having a detrimental impact on students’ mental health; the higher the financial worry the greater levels of anxiety, tension, difficulty sleeping and other disorders.
Union websites, e-newsletters, photographs, videos and publications now have a new resource to help them create the best content possible for union members, yet-to-be organized workers and the general public.