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    Activism at Work

    At the age of fifteen, I landed my first job at Canadian Tire. That was the start of a career in the service industry where I would spend my next fourteen years working in retail, grocery stores, restaurants, and hotels from Manitoba to Vancouver Island. For me, working in the service industry became the distraction that kept me from doing what I really wanted to do with my time. It…

    November Worker’s Stories

    In November... 1887, the Haymarket Martyrs were executed after being wrongfully convicted of being involved in the bombing of 7 police officers who were trying to break up a rally advocating for an eight-hour workday. 1855 was the birth of Eugene V. Debs – labor leader, socialist, five-time candidate for U.S. president, organizers of one of the first industrial unions in the U.S. (the American Railway Union), and one of…
    Worker Solidarity Network
    November 20, 2015

    Retail Workers Tackle On-Call Scheduling in Court

    This October, two new class action lawsuits were launched against big brand-name retailers in California. BCBG Maxazria and Forever 21 have been accused of “a new form of wage theft” due to their exploitative on-call scheduling practices. Employees are scheduled for on-call shifts, for which they are required to report to work, and then not given work or reporting-time pay as legally required. In addition to violating legal obligations, this…