Leading up to Labour Day, I spoke with Huffington Post Canada on the future of the labour movement.
The post-recession world has not been kind to organized labour. With corporations and governments under pressure to cut costs and reduce deficits, unions have been lobbying hard to garner wage increases and protect pensions. But with dwindling numbers of Canadians sharing in the gold-plated benefits unions are fighting to protect, the battle for hearts and minds may prove to be the tougher one. In advance of Labour Day, Paul Moist, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s largest labour group, discusses the challenges facing the labour movement in the age of austerity, why CUPE is working to connect with Canadians, and what Jack Layton’s passing means for Canada.
Read the complete interview at huffingtonpost.ca.