Category: Brian Charlton


A Letter To My Wayward Brother

These are dark times and frankly it makes me despair of a bright future for us all. I can ignore or curse the points of views of strangers depending on my mood that day but when family profess hatred towards people who are different, and take pride in their ignorance of history and science, I must say something.

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Union Avoidance and Bill 30

There is so much misinformation and ignorance about unions. Let’s look at the reality for workers trying to form a union since that is one of the flashpoints in the debate about the bill recently introduced in the B.C. legislature – Bill 30: ‘Labour Code Amendments 2019.’

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Federal Budget – A Moral Shortfall

The 2019 Federal budget that came down March 19 is reflective of the Prime Minister, looks good on the outside but is mushy on the inside. There are improvements that have garnered some applause but considering what is needed on issues like climate change, affordable housing and universal childcare it falls way short of the mark.

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Time’s Up

A shift has been happening over the last couple of years. As a number of high profile sexual harassment and sexual assault cases in the entertainment industry have become headline news, there seems to be a real change in how sexual relations are regarded. The patriarchal structure of our society is being called to account.

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Strike: The Workers Tool

Back in 1975, as a worker in the Vancouver Post Office, I joined 18,000 other postal workers across Canada on the picket line. We were attempting to not only win a wage increase to keep pace with inflation, but more importantly to win protections and some control over the mechanization of our work lives. We were out from Oct 21 until Dec 2 for a total of 43 days.

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