Labour of­fi­cial calls on govern­ments to save de­cent work in era of low-wage jobs

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Tal­iban in­sur­gents staged a co-or­di­nated at­tack tar­get­ing a se­cu­rity firm in Kabul Wed­nes­day, killing at least 10 peo­ple and wound­ing 19 oth­ers.the U.S. said an airstrike hours ear­lier in Hel­mand prov­ince that re­port­edly killed civil­ians was con­ducted by U.S. air­craft.


Across the Greater Toronto Area, half of all jobs are lowwage, tem­po­rary, con­tract, or lack­ing ben­e­fits. That’s why the bat­tle for GM Oshawa’s 2,500 at-risk jobs is cru­cial, says Bill Murnighan, di­rec­tor of re­search at Uni­for, the union that rep­re­sents GM em­ploy­ees.

“There are still far too many pre­car­i­ous jobs. So it’s in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing to see (On­tario Pre­mier Doug) Ford govern­ment’s re­ver­sal of many of the changes that were meant to make pre­car­i­ous jobs bet­ter,” he said, re­fer­ring to re­cent leg­is­la­tion WASH­ING­TON—IVANKA Trump de­fended her use of a pri­vate email ac­count as she was mov­ing into an ad­viser’s po­si­tion in her fa­ther’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing that it can­not be com­pared to the flap over for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server and that “Lock her up!” doesn’t ap­ply to her. Bill Murnighan, Uni­for

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that re­moved many new pro­tec­tions for low-wage work­ers.

He says govern­ments must pro­mote work­force de­vel­op­ment, re­search and cap­i­tal in­vest­ment that make On­tario — and Canada — an at­trac­tive place to keep auto jobs. Uni­ver­sity of Toronto Cana­dian labour his­tory re­searcher Christo Ai­valis said the news is a wake-up call that too many de­ci­sions “are dic­tated by profit mo­tive.” OT TAWA — A meet­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and his coun­ter­parts from the four other main fed­eral par­ties Wed­nes­day is be­ing pushed as a non-par­ti­san ef­fort to help Canada’s fran­co­phone pop­u­la­tion — even as clouds of par­ti­san­ship hang over the gath­er­ing.

Par­ti­san­ship clouds fran­co­phone meet­ing

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