‘Unions Caught in a Horror Movie’: My piece in Trade Talk


While the Canadian Senate is maligned from the right and the left in Canadian politics, the Senate stood up and demonstrated its value in 2013. Bill C-377 would probably have become a damaging reality for Canadian workers if it had not been for the Senate doing what it was designed to do: examine government legislation, and sometimes force government to abandon or rework poor legislation.

Senator Larry Campbell, a LIberal, B.C. NDP labour critic Harry Bains and national NDP labour critic Alexandre Boulerice reflected on the rare Senate victory when they attended the B.C. Building Trades Annual Convention in Vancouver. I had the pleasure of reporting on this part of the convention.

Please click on the attached link, then the HTML for Trade Talk Winter 2013. My article: “Unions Caught in a Horror Movie” is on Page 9. And there is a fascinating piece on exploited foreign workers from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Colombia by writer Joel Barrett. There was a happy ending to this tale of attempted exploitation, thanks to Joe Barrett’s investigation of poor treatment of foreign workers on the Canada Line. “Finally Justice is Done,” can be found on Page 26.

To read the story please click this link, then the HTML for Trade Talk Winter 2013, then turn to Page 9.
http://bcbuildingtrades.org/files/TT%20Winter%202013%20Final%20Proof.pdf

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

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