Media Mornings: Mon, Aug 26 — New Union + Telcom democracy (Dave Coles CEP, Unifor), Fighting for the residents of the York (DJ Larkin Pivot Legal)

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  • This coming weekend, is the first convention of a radical new kind of union – Unifor. We talk about Unifor with Dave Coles, one of the founders of the new union and current President of the CEP. We will also discuss his call on the Harper government to set up a Crown corporation as the country’s fourth major wireless carrier. “Canada Wireless”, as the union proposes, would potentially keep U.S. giant telecom Verizon from coming into the domestic cellphone market. This feature interview starts at app 34 min. mark.
  • Low-income residents of the York Rooms in the Downtown Eastside are facing escalating harassment, intimidation, and evictions since new management took over the single room occupancy hotel in July. Over the last two months at least seven residents have lost their housing through eviction or by being paid to leave.  We chat with the lawyer representing the residents – DJ Larkin of Pivot Legal Society. Interview starts at app. 17 minute mark.

  • News Headlines:
  • B.C.’s education workers may strike as early as mid-September, says CUPE B.C. K-12 co-ordinator Bill Pegler. – CBC

  • Unionized workers locked out of the Richmond Ikea since May have unanimously rejected a fourth contract offer from the company. – Tyee

  • The railway company involved in the Lac-Mégantic disaster will be allowed to resume its operations in Canada until Oct. 1, according to CBC News.

  • The Syrian government has agreed to allow UN inspectors to investigate allegations of a suspected chemical weapon attack near Damascus. – RTBBC

  • Greece may need a third bailout but would not accept new austerity measures, the Greek finance minister said yesterday. – BBC

  • Thousands of people in Britain slept outside in more than 60 towns and cities over the weekend, reports the Morning Star online. This was the largest co-ordinated action yet against the Cameron government’s so-called bedroom tax.

  • In its most serious move since the March 2011 triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has declared a serious level 3 incident on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale. – Greenpeace

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