labour

How about we not judge pregnant people?

7 August, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is the year of fecund friends. Every time I turn around, someone I know is pregnant. I’m starting to fear walking into a room lest my uterus spontaneously sprout a foetus in order to join in the party. I’m very happy for all of ...

You can’t have your union cake and eat it too

29 July, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the most poorly-understood aspects of unions in the workplace is the closed shop versus open shop dynamic. This is not coincidental — unionbusters very much want to sow the seeds of confusion here. In a closed shop, all employees must be ...

Is $15 enough?

10 July, 2015 // 0 Comments

The last few years have been witness to an explosion of grassroots labour organising focused on improving conditions for retail, fast food, and other service workers. This is a huge step in a country where workers in general have to fight for every ...

No job is worthless

18 June, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was struck recently by a post at Buzzfeed featuring a collection of readers talking about the dream jobs they’d accidentally stumbled into. It included a fascinating mix of people and professions, but one of the things I noted was that many ...

Don’t work for free

9 June, 2015 // 0 Comments

People often turn to me for advice on developing writing careers, especially freelance careers, which honestly makes me a little bit uncomfortable. It’s not because I’m so leery of competition that I don’t want to provide ...

Work/Life Balance and Freelancing

25 November, 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Oh, that must be so great,’ people say when they hear I’m a freelancer. ‘You get to set your own hours, work from home in your pajamas, pick how much work you want to do…’ And all of these things are true up to a ...
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