Thousands of UFCW members at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will keep their jobs after an attempt to privatize the state-owned liquor stores failed to garner enough support in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
In the last few months Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party government has included right-to work legislation as part of its labour law reforms, and Alberta’s Wildrose Party campaigned on a right-to-work platform in the province's April 2012 election. Now Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak has released a white paper calling for right-to-work laws in Ontario. Sadly right-to-work proposals are no longer restricted to the right-wing Tea Party movement in the U.S. – they have become part of the mainstream political discourse in Canada.
Over 400 delegates from various unions across Manitoba recently came together in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) convention. Delegates discussed resolutions and listened to speakers sharing their stories about the labour movement, politics and social issues.
UFCW Canada Saskatchewan local union activists, staff and officers joined in with 300 other delegates at the Saskatchewan NDP 75th Annual Convention, June 22-24, for a three-day review of the challenges facing the party and working people in Saskatchewan, and the next step in a renewal campaign that includes the selection of a new leader at the party's next convention in March 2013.
Voters in Ontario can rest easy this summer as the threat of a second provincial election in nine months has disappeared after the Liberal budget bill passed third reading in the legislature last week.