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The future of organizing

May/June 2021 Issue

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Alphabet workers go wall-to-wall

ON JANUARY 4, 2021, workers at Alphabet, the parent company of tech giant Google, announced through an op-ed in the New York Times that they had formed the Alphabet Workers Union, as part of the Communications Workers of America. Here's what happened next.

Canada and the COVID-19 waiver

An unethical position that needs to change.

The Oil Blotter: Postmedia & Big Oil’s symbiosis

With some notable exceptions, like the Globe and Mail's feature on the enormous cost of remediating Alberta's abandoned oil wells, Canada's corporate press hasn't paid much critical attention to this powerful industrial sector. Why not?

The Bernie Blueprint: The Nuts and Bolts of Distributed Organizing

Not everyone is a gruff-but-beloved Vermont socialist... So how do you build a distributed organizing program without a national presidential campaign?

Organizing Accessibility and Intersectionality through 15-Minute Cities

For a 15-minute city to properly serve all people, it needs to be undertaken for all people.

Organized Labour Under an Organized System: An Introduction to Sectoral Bargaining in Germany

The German experience with sectoral bargaining should remind worker advocates that legislative reform is not a quick fix to the erosion of trade union power.

A Canada–U.K. deal that protects Big Oil? We should be cheesed off.

A post-CETA free trade deal with the United Kingdom should facilitate decarbonization and a just transition, not get in the way.


Authors appearing in this issue

Stuart Trew

Stuart Trew

Stuart Trew is the Director of the CCPA's Trade and Investment Research Project and the former Editor of the Monitor.

Declan Ingham

Declan Ingham

Declan Ingham is a researcher focused on building a workers-first economy and a welfare state that leaves no one behind. Follow Declan on Twitter at @Sir_D_Ingham

Róisín West

Róisín West

Róisín (they/she) is the Senior Editor of the Monitor and Behind the Numbers. They write about disability and accessibility, civic engagement, and media. Find them on Twitter at @RoisinWest.

Gavin Fridell

Gavin Fridell

Gavin Fridell is a University Research Professor in Global Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and a member of the CCPA’s Trade and Investment Research Project (TIRP). He is co-editor, with Zack Gross and Sean McHugh, of The Fair Trade Handbook: Building a Better World, Together.

Kevin Philipupillai

Kevin Philipupillai

Kevin Philipupillai (he/him) is a journalism student at Carleton University. He was previously a radio producer with AMI, a non-profit broadcaster serving Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

Robert Hackett

Robert Hackett

Robert Hackett is a CCPA Research Associate, co-founder of Media Democracy Days in 2001, and co-author of Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication (2006) and Journalism and Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives (2017).

Hanna Araza

Hanna Araza

Hanna (she/her) is a recent graduate of Simon Fraser University where she studied Communications and Print & Digital Publishing. She is passionate about intersectional climate justice, community care, and using environmental communication as a vital tool in strengthening collective efficacy and co-creating sustainable futures.