A couple more days


Looks like I’ll be spending the rest of the day at home as I continue to recover from food poisoning.

I’m hoping to get back to blogging this evening if I’m feeling better.

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A couple more days

  1. Joey, have you considered that the CFS may have spiked your food?

  2. No, I know exactly where and how I received food poisoning. I ate at the type of establishment which I warn people against going to. It was the only thing open at 2:15am, I was hungry and I’m reminded why I don’t eat there during the day.

  3. Damn! I’m relying on you to find out the outcome of M135, instead of having to wait for the Hansard. ;)

    Get well soon, Joey. I know the experience, having eaten bad chicken once at the kind of establishment that I, too, warn people about. Very bad chicken.

  4. Sorry to hear about your bout of food poisoning. Here’s a dose of aimless speculation to help your recovery.

    There are now two working days left before the Legislature rises for the winter break. At this point, back to work legislation could only pass if the government was willing to completely re-arrange the legislative agenda and dedicate a substantial amount of the remaining two days to passing the bill. Obviously, this would require the use of time allocation motions to substantially truncate second and third reading debates. Such a strategy would be highly vulnerable to opposition filibustering by the NDP.

    So, at this point back to work legislation is highly unlikely.

    Nevertheless, the government provides optimistic people like me with fodder for speculation.

    Today, the Minister of Labour introduced Bill 139, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Temporary Help Agencies), 2008. If passed, this legislation will add measures to the Employment Standards Act that protect workers who find jobs through temp agencies. This long-time-a-comin’ bill was welcomed by the NDP, the Workers Action Centre, Parkdale Community Legal Services Workers’ Rights Division, and a host of other labour organizations.

    This has nothing to do with back to work legislation to end the strike at York. Except …

    If I was the Liberal government, wouldn’t it be nice to buffer the leaves-you-feeling-a-bit-dirty task of enacting back to work legislation with a feel-good, standing-up-for-the-worker bill that answers a long-standing call for protection of vulnerable precarious workers?

    Perhaps this is the spoonful of sugar that will help the back to work medicine go down tomorrow.

    I know, it’s a stretch. But I keep being optimistic, and the government keeps giving me material.

    If the bill isn’t introduced tomorrow, we (York students) are definitely dead in the water.

  5. Bill 139 definitely sounds and looks good. I know of a situation here in Hamilton where workers employed on a permanent basis by a temporary agency have unionized but the certification is being fought on the basis that they are temps.

    Basically, the workers are hired by a temp agency then employed by a third party sorting recyclables.

    The recyclables are collected under a city contract by the third party.

    The workers have formed a union but the third party is claiming the certification vote is invalid because they do not employ the workers.

    The work is hard, the pay is not good and these people deserve the protection of being in a union. Let’s hope 139 passes quickly to give them that protection.

    In terms of back-to-work, I don’t know what the government will do. I will, however, make sure to ask the government how it plans to assist students financially hit by CUPE 3903’s strike and if the government will forgive any extra OSAP loans student incur due to the strike.

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