Vol. 34 | Issue 2 | 2015
WHAT DID NOT HAVE TO BE
By Carole Pearson
"It was a war zone," says Lakeland Mills worker Bruce Germyn (above), recalling the night of April 23, 2012, when the mill exploded and an inferno erupted, sweeping through the site. What Germyn remembers is the chaos of fire and smoke, sirens, emergency personnel, and workers who had survived but were suffering from horrible burns and smoke inhalation, crying out for help.
Vol. 34 | Issue 1 |
AN INTERVIEW WITH UNION ORGANIZER TANYA FERGUSON
By Melissa Keith
"A lot of times with union organizing, it's completely underground," says Tanya Ferguson, "so people have to know all the risks involved and do all the groundwork."
Vol. | Issue | March 2015
THE UNION'S GIFT TO ME
By Doug Butler
"We drove to Windsor to support a group of taxi drivers asking for fairer compensation and safer working conditions. We went to Sudbury to march with mine workers resisting concessions being demanded by the rich corporate mine owners. Being part of a union both enriched my life and empowered me," recounts Doug Butler.
His story is the latest instalment in one of Our Times' longest-running and best-loved series, Working for a Living. We've long believed workers strengthen the movement — and each other — each time we tell our own stories, so please join us and share your work experiences. Writing may be something you truly adore or something you've never really tried before — either way, we'd love to hear from you. Now, back to Doug:
Vol. 33 | Issue 6 | 2015
A IS FOR ACTIVIST
By Melissa Keith
By expanding the range of issues they address, unions not only speak to a larger and more diverse audience — they also become more sustainable. Kyle Buott notes it's not uncommon for community-based activists who aren't union members to later find themselves employed in unionized workplaces.
Vol. 33 | Issue 5 | 2014
DO THE RIGHT THING
By Haseena Manek
"We cannot simply say 'there will be equity,'" says Jojo Geronimo. "We need to intervene in our processes of organizing, collective bargaining, political action and so forth to make them equitable."