• Why All Londoners Should Stand with Striking Cami Workers

    The reality is the economic under pinnings of London have been allowed to slowly rot away over the 20 years I’ve called this city home.

    First the internet’s digital revolution came for the white collar jobs, as the insurance and financial sectors downsized dramatically.

    Then automation started coming for the blue collar manufacturing jobs, that so many in the community looked down on as unimportant. And it wasn’t just the auto sector, places like Phillips lighting, where I once worked disappeared too.

    And throughout, corporate greed, empowered by so called free trade agreements, and the hollowing out of worker’s rights by provincial governments, made even good paying jobs more precarious.

    So in the face of that, it’s more important than ever that when our friends and neighbours go out on strike like the workers at CAMI have done, that we rally around them and say, enough is enough! Continue Reading

  • New Leadership Resolves Firefighter Contract Battle

    As 2016 drew to a close, I wrote about the need for City Council to replace London’s top bureaucrat (http://shawnlewis.ca/2016/11/when-its-time-for-a-new-city-manager/) . The (now former) City Manager, a hire made by the previous city council, was clearly not interested in playing nice with others.

    Not only was the new (the city elected 11 new representatives to the 15 member council in 2014) council’s authority being undermined, but the City Manager had also become one of the key figures identified as the source of labour disputes with the firefighters and police associations and CUPE Local 101 representing the city’s inside workers.
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