Young Workers Rising!
This month the CUPE Cast discusses the future of our labour movement… young workers! Young workers have taken union organizing by storm, everywhere from Sephora, to Starbucks, to Chipotle and beyond. The CUPE Cast also discusses who is considered a young worker, what are the key issues impacting Generation Z, how young workers leverage social media sites like TikTok, and the "new" Generation Z concept of quiet quitting. Show notes / links: Toronto Labour Day parade highlights how Gen Z is revitalizing the workers' movement. Acute ageism problem hurting young workers Laura Whaley on TikTok Jack Corbitt, unionize in 4 easy steps Labourettes on TikTok Young TikTik creators organize campaign against Amazon to support workers union Zaid Khan on TikTok People Over Prime Register for CUPE Ontario Fall School
September 27, 2022
The Gig Is Up
Uber Eats, DoorDash, Skip the Dishes and Foodora. You probably have heard of all these online apps that can help you get food delivered straight to your door. You can shop from hundreds of restaurants and not even leave your couch. These apps are fast, easy and right at your fingertips. They were popular pre-pandemic, but then boomed even more during the pandemic. But what do we know about the workers? The people behind the apps. The people who pick up actually deliver your food to you? In this episode Elise, Tiffany and Brittany talk about who they are and what challenges they face on a day to day basis when just trying to make ends meet for their family plus have an interview with Jennifer Scott, President of Gig Workers United. Links: Uber Game: https://ig.ft.com/uber-game/ Hustled podcast: https://www.thestar.com/podcasts/hustled.html Gig Workers United: https://gigworkersunited.ca/ Support Gig Workers: https://gigworkersunited.ca/support.html#:~:text= Post%20a%20message%20of%20solidarity,and%20%40GigWorkersUnite%20(Twitter). What it was like to be a gig worker during the pandemic: https://knowledge.insead.edu/economics-finance/what-its-like-to-be-a-gig-worker-during-a-pandemic-16161 Gig Workers Bill of Rights: https://gigworkersunited.ca/gig-economy.html#precarious UFCW & Uber : https://www.rankandfile.ca/ufcw-uber-deal/ ; https://jacobin.com/2022/02/ufcw-representation-collective-bargaining-independent-contractors-gig-drivers Twitter: @GigWorkersUnite @palimpsestJenn
August 31, 2022
Hot Labour Summer
In this month’s episode, Tiffany, Brittany, and Elise chat about union revitalization, strikes across Europe known as the Summer of Our Discontent, organizing for possible strike or job action, and strike myths. They will also conduct an exciting interview with the Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) President Laura Walton on the work they are doing organizing for power. Show Notes: https://twitter.com/UnionDrip Are young workers ready to save the US labour movement? | LSE Business Review Efforts to unionize Amazon workers in Canada ramp up in Ontario as Teamsters target Hamilton | CBC News Barista Uprising https://www.npr.org/2022/06/30/1106884406/coffee-shop-starbucks-baristas-union-election-cafe French Rail Strike Adds to European Summer Travel Havoc: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-06/french-rail-strike-adds-to-european-summer-travel-havoc Britain Gears up for a Summer of Labour Discontent: https://www.news-next.in/britain-gears-up-for-a-summer-of-labor-discontent/ The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers response to Opinium poll: https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/rmt-on-opinium-poll/ Repeal Bill 124 petition: https://cupe.on.ca/repealbill124/ CUPE 998, Busting Myths about Unions https://998.cupe.ca/files/2017/10/Busting-the-myths-about-union-1.pdf Summer of Labour Unrest expected as Inflation Soars and Contracts Run Out https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/labour-strikes-summer-unrest-negotiations-1.6505522
July 26, 2022
From Reconciliation to ReconciliACTION
In this CUPE Cast episode Elise, Tiffany and Brittany chat about June being Indigenous History month. They focus on Indigenous celebrations, events, meaningful land acknowledgments, and they have an interview with Leila Paugh - the CUPE Ontario Indigenous Council Chair. Content warning: They cover the Missing and murdered indigenous women, girls ad two spirit people as well as the residential school system. Links: Experiences of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women in Canada: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2022001/article/00004-eng.htm Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Volumes 1a and 1b: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/ The REDress Project by Jaime Black: https://www.jaimeblackartist.com/exhibitions/ Association Proposals Would Advance Efforts to Indigenize and Decolonize Brock https://www.bufa.ca/bufa-bargaining-backgrounder-indigenization-and-decolonization/ https://academicmatters.ca/indigenization-through-collective-bargaining-lessons-and-ideas-for-academic-staff-associations/ Decolonizing Labour Law: A Conversation with Professor Adelle Blackett https://twailr.com/decolonizing-labour-law-a-conversation-with-professor-adelle-blackett/ Walking the Talk guide: https://cupe.ca/walking-talk-practical-guide-reconciliation-cupe-locals Video of qajaq program AIP laureate: https://vimeo.com/271695271 AIP: https://arcticinspirationprize.ca CUPE Ontario Indigenous Council https://cupe.on.ca/committees/indigenous-council/ OFL Land Acknowledgements with Daniel Stevens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijd1NQt7WCc Orange Shirt Day Story and Resources: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/orange-shirt-society-resources.html Della’s Story, online escape room: https://usay.ca/dellas-story/ U of Alberta course Indigenous Canada: https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada/index.html
June 28, 2022
CUPE Cast LIVE: Women Have Got the Power!
In this episode Tiffany, Brittany and Elise are joined by a LIVE audience for a special episode with the Niagara District CUPE Councils Women In Solidarity committee. They discuss the importance of Women Committees, menstrual equity, the history of Women’s contribution in the Labour Movement and have a live Q&A with the audience. The CUPE Cast would like to give a huge shoutout and thank you to the Niagara District CUPE Councils Women In Solidarity committee for all of their support and work in bringing this live episode to life. Show notes: Niagara District CUPE Council: https://niagara.cupe.ca/?fbclid=IwAR2zlJ3NBLZK4rQTH7b9jTHN8E0HfalZqJuAdObAJqQmgPT65_G61DsCBig Sign up for CUPE Educations courses here: https://cupe.ca/unioneducation United Way Period Promise in Niagara: https://periodpromiseniagara.com/ Follow Victoria Alexander on Instagram @theelephantinthewomb Follow Sandy Hudson on Twitter @sandela Follow Nora Loreto on Twitter @nolore
June 07, 2022
How Doug Ford F*d Us Over
In this episode Tiffany, Elise and Brittany talkabout how Doug Ford’s cuts have personally affected each of us and how it has impacted education workers, municipal workers, health care workers and workers in the university sector and social service sector. We’ll also talk about how we can take action to ensure Doug Ford and his government are a one-term premier. OFL Ford Tracker: https://ofl.ca/ford-tracker. Ontario Autism Coalition: https://ontarioautismcoalition.com/ Pledge to join one of the May Day actions happening across the province and pledge to vote on June 2nd here: https://ofl.ca/action/workers-first-pledge/ Libraries: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/funding-for-ontario-s-two-library-services-cut-by-half-by-ford-government-1.4385947 https://mobile.twitter.com/jeffrey_canton/status/1118977131416031236 OSBCU Report: https://osbcu.ca/news/ten-years-of-cuts/ Schools: https://pressprogress.ca/ontario-pc-mpp-denounces-woke-elementary-school-students/ Climate: https://ecojustice.ca/gen-climate-action-our-biggest-climate-lawsuit-yet/ https://thenarwhal.ca/doug-ford-ontario-environment-explainer/
April 26, 2022
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Unions are Back with a Brand New Edition!
Unions are hotter now than ever before. Workers everywhere are wanting to organize their workplaces or get involved with their unions. The pandemic has shone a light on harshened inequities in our workplaces and unions are there to have your back. In this episode we will discuss how to form a union with an interview with CUPE National Union Organizers Daniela Scarpelli & Kristy Davidson, look at some ongoing union drives, and catch up on fun pop culture labour movement tidbits. Show notes: Daniela & Kristy with CUPE Organizing: firstname.lastname@example.org Chinook Starbucks: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220119005715/en/Calgary-Chinook-Centre-Starbucks-Workers-File-Application-to-Join-Steelworkers-Union Starbucks: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/money/business/2022/03/09/starbucks-unionization-efforts-memphis-employees-fired-william-barber-march-poor-peoples-campaign/9411192002/ Petsmart: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/petsmart-unionizes-toronto Twitter: @PetsmartUnion Staples: www.staplesunion.ca Instagram: @Staplesunion.ca Amy's Kitchen Workers: teamsters.org/amys-kitchen-workers/ NBC Article: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/worker-amys-kitchen-files-official-complaint-working-conditions-rcna12947
March 29, 2022
10 Reasons to Love the Labour Movement
In this episode of the CUPE Cast, Tiffany, Brittany and Elise were inspired by Valentine's Day and share their 10 reasons why they love the labour movement. Everything from fighting for child labour laws and fighting back against the bad bosses are discussed. Hopefully, at the end of this episode, you love the labour movement as much as they do. Transcription: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p_CFGF2ruRY_vXVHpw9Uopwin8z2Gs0Qf31OVG_aBBc/edit?usp=sharing Show Notes: CUPE Ontario’s Anti-Racism Organizational Action Plan: https://cupe.on.ca/aroap/ Sign up for CUPE Educationals and Training here: https://cupe.ca/union-education Watch CUPE Connects! Webinar, Fighting Against Anti-Black Racism in the Workplace here: Article - Raising the floor: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/raising-the-floor Article - Sticking it to the smiling goat: beating a Bad Boss https://www.rankandfile.ca/sticking-it-to-the-smiling-goat-beating-a-bad-boss/ Study - Colour-Coded Retirement: an Intersectional Analysis of Retirement Income and Savings in Canada: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/ColourCodedRetirement
February 22, 2022
2022: The Dumpster is on Fire, but so is the Planet
It’s 2022 and the dumpster is burning, but so is the planet. It’s a lot like the movie “Don’t Look Up!” We will be discussing all the things you may have wondered about climate justice but didn’t know where to look. We will be breaking down terms and climate justice framework: what is a just transition, who is impacted by environmental racism, how will this be a provincial election issue, and how does this tie into the movie “Don’t Look Up?” It can be so overwhelming, we will try our best to guide you through piece by piece. View transcription here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ibpSvT2Qq6A04WSeFbAAn5r_CwAx0lSXKta_7-2N23A/edit?usp=sharing Show notes: Critical review of Don't Look Up by Zeeshan Aleem, MSNBC Opinion Columnist: https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/what-movie-don-t-look-gets-wrong-about-tackling-climate-n1286717 2018 Working Paper “Trade Unions and Just Transition: The Search for a Transformative Politics - Link recently removed CUPE National Environment Policy: https://cupe.ca/cupe-national-environment-policy Green Economy Network, One Million Jobs campaign: https://greeneconomynet.ca/one-million-climate-jobs/ CUPE Climate Change Emergency Declaration: https://cupe.ca/sites/cupe/files/climate_change_declaration_eng.pdf Ontario NDP Green New Democratic Deal: https://www.ontariondp.ca/greennewdeal Government of Canada Long-term Drinking Water Advisories: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1614387410146/1614387435325 Sudbury Star article featuring Autumn Peltier: https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/clean-water-for-first-nations-critical-during-pandemic-activists Sign up to volunteer or support 350.org here: https://350.org Sign up to volunteer or support Fridays for Future here: https://fridaysforfuture.org
January 25, 2022
Getting to Know the CUPE Cast Hosts
It’s the last podcast of the year, so let’s get to know your CUPE Cast hosts better! Listen in as the table turns and CUPE Ontario Young Worker Chair Moe Alqasem interviews Elise, Brittany, and Tiffany. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and an amazing New Year! Show links: Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AOjgLptZCn0 Article about the blockade in Guelph for Workers United that Tiffany mentioned: https://www.rankandfile.ca/bustin-scabs-in-guelph/ Gig Workers United: https://gigworkersunited.ca
December 28, 2021
Canadian Labour Movement Wins
Blurb: In this month’s CUPE Cast episode, Brittany, Tiffany and Elise talk about victories of the Canadian Labour Movement! They discuss wins ranging from Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project unionizing with CUPE to General Motors producing PPE and the minimum wage. Show Notes: Check out Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project for more details on their organizing work and resources: https://www.maggiesto.org Sign onto the Gig Workers Bill of Rights here: www.gigworkersunited.ca Read Spring Magazine’s article, Ford forced to $15 three years after cuts here: https://springmag.ca/ford-forced-to-15-three-years-after-cuts Check out the Justice for Workers campaign, meeting and events here: https://www.justice4workers.org/events_actions Donate to the Ontario Employment Education & Research Centre’s Workers Bowl here: https://workersbowl.ca Check out grassroots organizing group Green Jobs Oshawa here: https://www.greenjobsoshawa.ca Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) article, The right to strike, or not, in Alberta by Wayne Arthurson here: https://workersbowl.ca
November 30, 2021
Life After the Rally
In this month's CUPE Cast Tiffany, Brittany, and Elise talk about what really happens after the rally, addressing issues such as activist burnout, wellness, depression, self care, community care, how to take care of yourself, and how to say no!
November 01, 2021
A Woman's Place Is in Her Union?
Tiffany, Brittany, and Elise explore the importance of women in the labour movement and how to combat sexism. They discuss the We Believe You initiative of the CUPE Ontario Women's Committee, microaggressions, news coming out of Activision Blizzard and the 2020 Olympics, and more. With special guest Candace Rennick—CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer and candidate for CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer. Show links: Sexism in Winnipeg’s Labour Movement. Cole Rockarts, RankandFile https://cupe.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/WeBelieveYouJan2021.pdfhttps://www.rankandfile.ca/sexism-and-winnipegs-labour-movement/CUPE Ontario Women’s Committee We Believe You Toolkit Canadian Women’s foundation: www.canadianwomen.org 15 Micro-aggressions Women Face On A Daily Basis, Bustle article https://www.bustle.com/articles/119429-15-microaggressions-women-face-on-a-daily-basis-because-they-all-add-up-to-an-unequal “Gaming Culture is Toxic. A major lawsuit might finally change it.” Written by Aja Ramano , Vox.com. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/22617457/activision-blizzard-lawsuit-ubisoft-open-letter-toxic-gaming-culture Link to the CUPE National Safe Spaces focus group: https://cupe.ca/safe-union-spaces-focus-groups Link to survey (closes today, but just incase they keep it open longer) : https://cupe.ca/participate-cupes-safe-union-spaces-survey Candace Rennick campaign website;www.candacerennick.comPlus link to the Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/electcandacerennick/Twitter:@CandaceRennick. CUPE Ontario Young Workers Conference: https://cupe.on.ca/event/cupe-ontario-young-workers-conference/ CUPE Ontario HS IWAC Conference: https://cupe.on.ca/event/health-safety-injured-workers-advocacy-committee-virtual-conference/
September 29, 2021
Simpsons Did It! How Unions are Portrayed in Pop Culture
In this month’s podcast, Elise, Brittany, and Tiffany explore how unions are portrayed in pop culture and the media. Listen in on how the media influences perceptions, including all aspects: from movies, to television, to video games, and even a curated labour themed book list for all ages! Spoiler Alerts galore but mostly for movies/series that have been out for quite some time. And before our listeners catch it, we will be the first to point out that we neglected to mention The Wire Season Two. Next time on this subject, we promise!
August 31, 2021
Spillin’ the Solidari-Tea
In CUPE Cast's third episode, Brittany, Elise, and Tiffany spill the tea on the 2021 Canadian Labour Congress Convention, the history of the CLC, and how the heck conventions even work - especially when they are virtual! Whether you missed out on the CLC 2021 Convention or want to relive your favourite moments, the CUPE Cast recap is for you! We are also joined by a very special guest interview, Lily Chang, newly elected CLC Secretary Treasurer. #CLC2021 #DefiningTheFuture
July 27, 2021
Queer Liberation, Not Rainbow Capitalism
In this episode of CUPE Cast, Tiffany, Brittany and Elise discuss what Rainbow Capitalism and Pinkwashing are and how they are used to distract and prevent Queer Liberation. The CUPE Cast also hears about Tiffany’s personal experience as a Bi woman in union spaces and reviews the meaning of 2SLGBTQIA+. The CUPE Cast is also joined by special guest, CUPE Ontario Pink Triangle Chair, Susan Gapka.
June 28, 2021
The CUPE Cast Episode 1 — Cooler than Side Parts and Skinny Jeans: Unions are “in” now!
The CUPE Cast Episode 1 — Cooler than Side Parts and Skinny Jeans: Unions are “in” now!
May 26, 2021