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The Mine Wars

PBS American Experience The Mine Wars

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Steelmegaphone #83

Alex, Troy and Cory ram through the pile to get to Member of Parliament Don Davies (44:57) discussing proposed changes to the federal voting age. Then General Secretary Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation (104:46) calls from Brussels, Belgium to recap the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Steelmegaphone #82

Alex and Troy celebrate Womens’ 100 year Right to Vote in our Canadian Democracy. Then East Kootenay and District Labour Council President Jacki Spain (48:30) arrives to give a regional labour perspective for the East Kootenays.

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Steelmegaphone #80

News de Jour before Al Dyck (42:47) shows up to talk holiday financial hangover cures. Aaron Ekman (1:15:26) stops in later to tackle legalization of cannabis…

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Steelmegaphone #79

Happy New Year from the Pink Room. Alex and Troy cruise the political manure pile before speaking with USW 1-425 President Paul French about proposed worker concessions at Mount Polley. Then David Black returns with an incredible story on his family’s personal sacrifice to help in the global refugee crisis.

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Canada’s Imperial Metals halts production, lays off 100 due to low copper prices

Copper prices have plummeted in recent years, forcing miners to sell assets, mothball mines and slash production

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ATI lockout of Steelworkers illegal, labor relations board says

The lockout of more than 2,200 union workers by Allegheny Technologies Inc. was illegal, federal labor officials said Friday, setting the stage for proceedings that could push the two sides to resolve their contentious labor dispute.

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Finning to shut down Sparwood facilities

On Nov. 12, Finning International announced reductions to 11 facilities across Canada, including their Sparwood location.

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Teck Resources announces Highland Valley Copper workforce reduction

Teck Resources has announced plans to trim six percent of its workforce at Highland Valley Copper in Logan Lake. That could result in as many as 80 job losses by the end of 2016.

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Construction firms to compensate workers kept on a secret industry ‘blacklist’ for ‘raising concerns about health and safety’

Workers involved claimed they were denied work, often for merely raising legitimate concerns about health and safety on building sites.

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