Op-Eds

Editor’s Message – Unions: a powerful and effective voice

June 21, 2022 WHEN I LOOK BACK on all the jobs I’ve had, many times I could have used a union. Like the time $10 went missing from our locker room at a fast food restaurant, and the owner decided to bring in her husband, a retired police officer, to...

Workers Advocate’s Message – Severed fingers — severed trust

January 11, 2022 WHEN KEY MANDATES of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) are to provide timely return to work and cost effectiveness, you know somebody is going to get hurt.  That somebody, of course, is a worker. Oftentimes, it happens when the injured worker is...

Rites of passage – Executive Director’s Message

December 10, 2021 I’VE BEEN WRITING for Tradetalk for a long time. Sometimes under my own name. Sometimes co-authoring with a labour leader or two and sometimes under an alias if I was tackling a particularly salacious issue. I’ve always found writing for Tradetalk...

We have a duty to mentor our apprentices – President’s Message

December 3, 2021 WHEN WE TALK about apprenticeship, we talk of the immeasurable benefits to the apprentice; the start of a lifelong and rewarding career with both on-the-job and classroom learning. Our Building Trades unions have led the industry in offering top-notch...