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In the 1830s life in villages like Tolpuddle was hard and getting worse. Farm workers could not bear yet more cuts to their pay. Some fought back by smashing the new threshing machines but this brought harsh punishments.
In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.
Local 27 Retiree Executives Hector McLellan and Peter Kearney joined with Unifor retirees from GM, Ford, Chrysler, and CAMI at a meeting to formulate strategies to make clear to our working members and our National Union that losses from our contract negotiations since 2007 are having a serious effect on the standard of living of retirees now and which will continue into the future.
NDP Demands Wynne Government Stop Proposed Price Hike for Seniors’ Prescriptions
London – After meeting with seniors and the Chair of CARP’s London chapter today, Teresa Armstrong, MPP for London-Fanshawe and the NDP’s seniors’ affairs critic, demanded the Wynne government stop its proposed increase to the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, included in the recently released 2016 provincial budget.
Good new from The Ontario NDP party, all our letter writing and petitions have paid off! Yesterday, the Premier admitted that she had made a mistake when she increased prescription drug costs for seniors. After considerable public outcry, the Ontario Liberals have changed their tune on this issue.
This is a victory for seniors across Ontario, and it was made possible by the thousands of voices who joined in our call to reverse this harmful decision.
We won. Thank you for joining us in speaking out on this issue. Together we have rallied to the aid of seniors, and shown that New Democrats will always fight for the fairness and accessibility of our health care system.
Sincerely, - Andrea Andrea Horwath Ontario’s NDP
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And we thought Harper was a bad prime minister, this piece of work wants to be the next leader of the Conservative party!
Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary responded to a report that the 85 richest people in the world currently have as much wealth as the bottom half of the world's population, calling it "fantastic news."
"Elect me as Prime Minister for 15 minutes," Mr. O'Leary said on a show. "I will make unions illegal. Anybody who remains a union member will be thrown in jail."
"Unions are sheer evil. Unions themselves are born out of evil. They must be destroyed with evil", and "no one could contain unions in hell. They were so evil they came out of hell and they came upon earth."
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Yep, that's what Ryan Albright, President of the Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company, told the 32 workers who are now striking for a first contract in the middle of a New Brunswick winter.
The issues? Seniority. Albright refuses to recognize seniority for any purpose.
And on wages Albright told the workers directly that even though most make only the minimum wage even after years of service that “never, ever, ever, in a union environment” would they get an increase.