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Rank and File Radio is an independent Canadian labour movement program. Rank and File Radio’s mandate is to: ● provide listeners with factual and informative labour news ● build solidarity for workers in struggle ● develop a coherent analysis of the labour movement ● contribute to the building of rank-and-file labour networks Twitter: @rankandfileca Facebook: facebook.com/rankandfile.ca
 
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Dan Darrah joins the show to talk about the 2020 Newfoundland grocery strike and how grocery jobs went from good to bad in the 1980s and 1990s.Check out the two-part series Grocery's Long War:https://canadiandimension.com/series/grocerys-long-warInterview with historian Scott Price about 1987 Westfair strikehttps://www.rankandfile.ca/fighting-for-s…
 
Labour lawyer Joshua Mandryk provides a short overview of Jason Kenney's Bill 32: The Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces ActFollow Joshua at Twitter.com/JMandrykUnion picketing and political campaigning curbed under proposed Alberta bill | CBC Newshttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-bill-32-workplace-unions-1.5640952Alberta labou…
 
Bashir Mohamed and Dr. Bob Barnetson discuss the COVID-19 outbreaks in Alberta's Cargill and JBS meatpacking plants. Government representatives and health officials, including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw told Cargill workers their plant was safe, citing an OH&S inspection. Two days later, a worker died and the plant shut down April 20. …
 
UFCW 401 President Thomas Hesse discusses the COVID-19 outbreak in the Cargill meatpacking plant, as well as steps needed to protect food workers in grocery stores.https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cargill-meat-plant-union-covid-19-1.5530836Also, the Migrants Right Network hosts a press conference with demands from undocumented workers to acce…
 
Deb Hopkins discusses an open letter calling for the release of Saskatchewan inmates to limit the spread of COVID-19.Open Letter to Saskatchewan Minister of Corrections and Policing Christine Tellhttps://www.facebook.com/glen.luther.3/posts/10156955075456053Sean Tucker, OH&S researcher at the University of Regina, discusses whether the Co-op Refine…
 
Debbie Boissonneault, President of CUPE 204, discusses the state of Manitoba's health care system & response to COVID-19.https://www.cupe204.ca/who_are_manitoba_s_health_care_heroesJennifer Whiteside, secretary-treasurer of British Columbia's Hospital Employees Union, discusses the BC gov'ts positive move to mend the fractured long-term care system…
 
Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy by Alvin Finkelhttps://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/compassion-alvin-finkel/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781352003093Tenants Rights Provincial Factsheets*please note these may not be updated with gov't responses to COVID-19 but can develop a baseline knowledge for how the system functions*http://tenantrights.c…
 
What do the prairie budgets say about the values of our provincial leaders? In a time of such uncertainty, how can we formulate a vision of a society that values people over profits?Joel French, Simon Enoch, and Lynne Fernandez discuss the Prairie budgets and what they mean for the future of workers.AUPE asks for immediate expansion of public healt…
 
Unifor launches a Canada-wide boycott of Co-op products & services. Local 594 President Kevin Bittman & Regina & District Labour Council member Darren Milo provide picket line reports from the lockout. Sean Tucker, an Occupational Health & Safety Researcher at the University of Regina discusses public safety concerns with scab workers running the r…
 
Nora Loreto discusses the state of the feminist movement in Canada 30 years after the mass shooting that killed 14 women at École Polytechnique.Il y en 30https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/12/05/opinion/il-y-en-30SandyandNora.com#SupportUnifor594http://www.unifor594.com/AUPE Fight Backaupe.org/FightBack…
 
The National Farmers Union celebrated its 50th annioversary in Winnipeg, Manitoba at their annual convention from November 24-27, 2019. Stuart Oke, the Youth President of the National Farmers Union, and Avi Lewis, Co-Founder and Strategic Director of the Leap, discuss climate change and what a Green New Deal could mean for the future of farming.www…
 
Chicago Teachers Unionhttps://www.ctulocal1.org/Twitter.com/CTULocal1Twitter.com/KenzoShibataHow to Jumpstart Your Unionhttps://www.labornotes.org/store/jump-start-your-unionSecrets of a Successful Organizerhttps://www.labornotes.org/secretsNo Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Guilded Agehttps://janemcalevey.com/no-shortcuts/Class Action: …
 
Read the Community Services Budgethttps://winnipeg.ca/interhom/Budget/2020Budget/pdfs/2020-Multi-year-Budget-Presentation_Community-Services_20191116.pdfStop the Cuts to Winnipeg Transit - Community Forumhttps://www.facebook.com/events/567333177358988/Sign Up to Speak Nov 27 & 28https://winnipeg.ca/clerks/council/delegation.stmWinnipeg Police Cause…
 
We’ll talk to Allen from Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, a group which documents and exposes the white nationalist and neo-nazi elements in Canada’s Yellow Vest movement. We’ll talk about how this movement conflates the interests of massive oil corporations with the interests of the working class - and how the media has often conflated the two as well…
 
Alberta's Bill 20 & 21 & Wage Freezehttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-government-plans-sweeping-changes-through-2-omnibus-bills-1.5338632https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ucp-alberta-wage-rollbacks-1.5340132-Sign the ATU Canada Pledge for a National Public Intercity Transit Service- https://www.atucanada.ca/pledge-support-nation…
 
Alison McIntosh, research manager at the Parkland Institute breaks down Alberta's new austerity budget.A short excerpt from the Chicago Teachers Union podcast CTU Speaks with CTU Chief of Staff Jennifer Johnson explaining the core issues 25,000 Chicago teachers are out on strike for.https://www.ctulocal1.org/ctu-speaks/Lori Bossaer from SGEU explai…
 
Kevin Bittman from Unifor 594 in Regina, Saskatchewan discusses impending lockout for Co-op refinery workers.http://www.unifor594.com/Mike Espenell, from IBEW 2034 discusses how Brian Pallister’s cuts to Manitoba Hydro have impacted Hydro’s ability to respond to last week’s snow storm, which knocked out power for nearly 50,000 Manitobans. https://w…
 
Recording of Emma Jackson's interview on Charles Adler Tonight on 770 CHQR Global News Radio, October 18, 2019. Emma Jackson is an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton, a group who organized a Climate Strike with Greta Thunburg as a speaker, bringing out 10-12,000 people, possibly the largest rally in Alberta since the 90s.…
 
Today on the show, Simon Enoch, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Saskatchewan. He’ll talk about the 5,000 workers for 6 Crown corporations and one Crown agency, who are all members of Unifor, who just walked off the job on Friday, October 4th. He’ll discuss why this strike is significant, and why Crown corporatio…
 
On Friday, September 27th, an estimated 12,000 people met in front of the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg to participate in a global climate strike, organized by Indigenous youth and students. According to some local leftists, this number was likely double the turnout of Winnipeg’s 2003 anti-war protests, making it possibly the largest political m…
 
Guest: Jamie Kirkpatrick, Program Manager, BlueGreen CanadaBlueGreenCanada.caBlue Green Canada is an alliance between Canadian labour unions, environmental and civil society organizations to advocate for working people and the environment by promoting solutions to environmental issues that have positive employment and economic impacts.Student Clima…
 
-Library should serve entire community-https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/library-should-serve-entire-community-560167062.html- Watch the full committee meeting -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU8oPwK2B_0-Millennium for All Report-https://osf.io/preprints/lissa/vfu6hPrevious Episode on Library Security | Harm reduction activist G…
 
--Putting Climate Justice on the Bargaining Table Webinar--https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yAeiUN3jTnmkIX6KK0MdPQ?fbclid=IwAR0wZjSGf5GLcxvQL4Y11YgSkaADPC1ilWiDD35R8STZC1WzmNVYKigLttI---Bill 9---http://rankandfile.ca/battling-kenneys-bill-9/AUPE.org/fightback---Millennium Library Shush-In---Monday, September 9, 9:30 AM, Winnipeg City Hallhttps:/…
 
It's time to Unite Against Racism. Sign the pledge and keep up with the campaign at www.MigrantRights.ca. Follow the campaign at Twitter.com/MigrantRightsCA.-Support the show on Patreon-Patreon.com/RFRadioPrairie-Follow the show on social media-Twitter.com/Emily_Leedham_Twitter.com/RFRadioPrairie-More Labour News-www.RankandFile.ca…
 
Manitoba Health Care Voteshttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-health-care-workers-union-vote-1.5256771Moms Stop the Harmhttps://www.momsstoptheharm.com/Lethbridge council votes down motion to cut ARCHES Fundinghttps://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/lethbridge-supervised-consumption-site-funding-1.5252803Safe Consumption Services Review…
 
First, an update on the state of Rank & File Radio, reflecting on its past and future. Then labour historian Scott Price joins for a discussion on the media's role in grassroots and labour organizing, the need to build and fund new institutions on the left.-Support the show!-Patreon.com/RFRadioPrairie-Follow the show on social media-twitter.com/RFr…
 
On August 7, 2019, at 10:30 am ATU Local 1505 and Fight for $15 & Fairness Manitoba hosted a solidarity rally demanding the City give Winnipeg Transit workers a fair deal. The union has been without a contract since January. About 400 people showed up to the rally, including transit workers, members from other unions, and community supporters.This …
 
What is an "essential service" anyway? How does this designation impact a public sector union's ability to strike? This has been a point of contention in Saskatchewan for over a decade under the Saskatchewan Party government.First, we'll hear from CUPE 1975 President Craig Hannah, representing 2,000 workers at the University of Saskatchewan who wor…
 
Drew Brown, EIC of TheIndependent.ca, explores what lessons Green New Deal organizers can learn from Newfoundland's 1992 cod moratorium.Twitter.com/DrewfoundlandTwitter.com/TheIndependentNLCod and the Fishery: Down, but Not Outhttps://theindependent.ca/2019/07/02/cod-and-the-fishery-down-but-not-out/CBC Archives: The Cod Moratoriumhttps://www.cbc.c…
 
"It's time to either fight or be f*cked." - Jane McAleveyFrom May 8-11, 2019, Manitoba’s unions hosted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference: inviting union members, labour activists and leaders from across Canada to reflect on the history of the general strike, and apply its lessons to the present and future of the labour movement.…
 
From May 8-11, 2019, Winnipeg unions hosted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference: inviting union members, labour activists and leaders from across Canada to reflect on the history for the general strike, and apply its lessons to the present and future of the labour movement.This episode compiles audio from the disability and labour…
 
Last month, ATU’s took its first legal job action on May 14, 2019 not enforcing fares for riders. Shortly after, the union overwhelmingly rejected what the city said was its second and “final” offer, putting the union in a legal strike position. On June 3rd, the union implemented a mandatory overtime ban, barring members from taking voluntary overt…
 
From May 8-11, 2019, Winnipeg unions hosted the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference: inviting union members, labour activists and leaders from across Canada to reflect on the history for the General Strike, and apply its lessons to the present and future of the labour movement.This episode will explore the relationship between Indigen…
 
Avi Lewis, co-founder and strategic director of the Leap, shares the untold story of the Leap Manifesto, labour and the 2016 Federal NDP convention in Edmonton, Alberta. We’ll also talk about the pressing need to bridge the labour and climate justice movements, and what we can do to get there.The Leap is a coalition member of the Pact for a Green N…
 
Avery Edwards is a community organizer, gender freedom fighter, and a co-founder of PYROS, the Prairie Youth Radical Organizing School, located on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton. In 2018, PYROS launched Queer Scouts, a cohort style leadership development program that empowers queer and trans youth to challenge injustice in their schools and communi…
 
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