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August 7, 2019, by Tom Shannon

If you have been following New Brunswick politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that the New Brunswick New Democratic Party (NDP) is on the verge of total collapse. They […]

Truth-Fullness – A letter from New Brunswick’s future #6

July 12, 2019, by Ajay Parasram

July 12, 2030 (K’jipuktuk [Halifax], Mi’kma’ki) My Dear Friends, Gautam Buddha once said, “three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the mo ...

Unemployment in Canada

July 10, 2019, by Geoffrey McCormack

On June 7, the Globe and Mail‘s David Parkinson painted a rosy picture of the Canadian labour market. “Canada’s unemployment rate sinks to new l ...

Getting off coal: report offers solutions for a “just transition” in NB

July 5, 2019, by Abram Lutes

A federal joint task force report seriously addresses how coal energy workers in Canadian communities can transition away from coal in a manner that p ...

  • Workers strike in Belledune over safety position
    May 15, 2019, by Abram Lutes

    Almost 300 workers, members of local 7085 of the United Steelworkers (USW), at the Belledune lead and zinc smelter in northern New Brunswick, have been on strike since April 24 […]

  • The Winnipeg General Strike at 100
    May 15, 2019, by David Frank

    It is the most famous single event in Canadian labour history. For six weeks in the spring of 1919, some 30,000 workers in Winnipeg went out on a general strike […]

  • Mourning for workers who died on the job in New Brunswick
    April 28, 2019, by Brian Beaton

    Family, friends, co-workers, union members and politicians came together on Sunday, April 28 at ceremonies across New Brunswick for the Day of Mourning. On the flooded Fredericton waterfront near the […]

  • Mayworks Festival begins in Fredericton
    April 25, 2019, by Mayworks Fredericton

    Artists and workers invite all to celebrate the fifth annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts in Fredericton on unceded Wolastoq territory. This year’s festival, that runs from […]

  • CUPE keeps the pressure on the Higgs government
    April 12, 2019, by Susan O'Donnell

    CUPE members are keeping up their protest against the government’s attempt to remove their rights. About 500 CUPE members came out in force outside government buildings on King St. in […]

  • The Bethel Nursing Home Strike in 1981-82
    March 31, 2019, by David Frank

    Nursing home workers in New Brunswick fought long and hard to win the right to negotiate their wages and working conditions. They also forced the province to ensure better standards […]

  • Nursing home residents deserve quality care
    March 26, 2019, by Cecile Cassista

    The government is the main funder for Community Nursing Homes in New Brunswick. So, what purpose or role does the Nursing Home Association serve? The need for the government to […]

  • Maritimes slaves’ lives matter(ed)
    March 25, 2019, by Sophie M. Lavoie

    A Vermont-based researcher recreates Maritimes slaves’ lives from archival materials he uncovers. Harvey Amani Whitfield gave the lecture “Slave Lives Matter: Putting Biography at the Centre of Atlantic Canadian Slavery […]

  • Nursing home workers rally for fair wages on budget day
    March 20, 2019, by Norm Knight

    Several hundred members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) held a “Rally for Fair Wages” in front of the provincial Legislature on March 19. The rally, also attended […]

  • “How short are we today?”: Nursing home workers
    March 16, 2019, by Brian Beaton

    What do most workers do when arriving at work each morning? What is “normal” discussion in offices and workplaces? Different workers attending a rally March 15 in Fredericton to support […]

  • Nursing home workers protest for fair wage
    March 12, 2019, by Sophie M. Lavoie

    Nursing home workers from all over New Brunswick protested for fair wages March 11 and 12. Wages for employees in nursing home range from $18 to $25 per hour and […]

  • Women’s March Fredericton takes a stand for equality
    January 20, 2019, by NB Coalition for Pay Equity

    More than 100 participants took to the streets for the 3rd Annual Women’s March in downtown Fredericton on Saturday to raise their voices in support of gender equality in New […]

  • Interest rate hike pause, workers’ wages stagnant
    January 17, 2019, by Daniel Legere and Angella MacEwan

    The Bank of Canada paused increases to their benchmark interest rate this week, partly because consumption spending and housing investment have been weaker than they expected. But it’s not surprising […]

  • UNB professor reveals the hidden curriculum
    January 16, 2019, by Sophie M. Lavoie

    Education was “a tool for social transformation and community survival” for many women educators of colour. An enthusiastic group of one hundred people attended a lecture by Dr. Funké Aladejebi […]

  • Postal workers confront Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey
    December 19, 2018, by Norm Knight

    On Monday, December 17, a group of postal workers and community allies confronted federal Member of Parliament for Fredericton, Matt DeCourcey, with questions about legislation which has taken away their […]

  • CUPE reacts to WorkSafeNB taskforce recommendations
    October 15, 2018, by Simon Ouellette for CUPE NB

    Fredericton – CUPE New Brunswick held a press conference on Oct. 15 to challenge the recommendations made by the Taskforce responsible for evaluating WorkSafeNB. “Like the NB Ombudsperson has said, the […]

  • Big pay equity win for rural postal workers
    September 24, 2018, by Susan O'Donnell

    More than 350 rural postal workers in New Brunswick are celebrating a legal decision in September that will give them a big pay raise and better benefits. The arbitration ruling […]

  • Mayworks Fredericton 2018
    April 30, 2018, by Mayworks Fredericton 2018 Organizing Committee

    Artists and workers invite all to celebrate the fourth annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts in Fredericton on traditional Wolastoq territory. This year’s festival, that runs from […]

  • Workers’ compensation, 1918: the beginnings
    April 23, 2018, by David Frank

    The debate had been going on for years. When workers take a job, they put themselves at the disposal of an employer in return for their pay. But workplaces can […]

  • It’s time for a higher N.B. minimum wage
    February 17, 2018, by Jean-Claude Basque

    It is time for New Brunswick to increase its minimum wage.  And contrary to the view of opponents, there are many convincing arguments for adopting this policy change. Consider that […]

  • NB labour unions explore political agenda for 2018 election
    November 26, 2017, by Susan O'Donnell

    Labour activists gathered for a two-day political education conference in November 2017 to share ideas and identify key strategic issues for action. Watch a short video introducing the story with […]

  • Homeless want to work [Video]
    August 10, 2017, by Norm Skelton

    The stereotype of the homeless lacking ambition has been examined and found to be lacking, the National Alliance to End Homelessness found that the homeless want to work. Employers are […]

  • Workers protest Phoenix payroll system
    June 30, 2017, by Brian Beaton

    Public Service Alliance Canada (PSAC) members from across all the Atlantic provinces were in Saint John, New Brunswick over this past weekend (June 23 to June 25). Union members gathered […]

  • Lives lived: Saint John’s working-class heroes
    June 20, 2017, by David Frank

    Almost all of them were born before the end of the First World War, several as early as the 1870s and 1880s. Their formal education was limited, and they entered […]

  • Fredericton activists: “I can’t keep quiet”
    May 15, 2017, by Sophie M. Lavoie

    Twenty local enthusiasts recently joined voices in solidarity against oppression, corruption and patriarchy. Closing out a 10-day festival with flair, singer-songwriter Moon Joyce hosted an evening of song on May […]