Author: Priscillia Lefebvre

Priscillia Lefebvre is a rank-and-file CUPE member. She is also a contract instructor and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

  • Young Workers and Union Organizing: CUPE and Unionizing at Carleton University

    It is no secret that the conditions for young workers are deteriorating. Many are not only struggling to keep up with rent increases and the cost of living but are also lumbered with overwhelming student debt. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) states that it recognizes young workers as especially vulnerable to exploitation as … Keep reading »

  • A State of Terror: The Death of Human Rights in the Philippines

    “We continue to work because of hope for freedom, and trust in the capacity of the people to unite and change the system of oppression” — Congressman Neri Colmenares of BAYAN-MUNA. The Philippines is second only to Colombia for being the most dangerous place in the world for union activists. From January 2001 to October … Keep reading »

  • Post-Strike Musings: Assessing the Outcome of the Museum Workers’ Struggle

    On December 15th, after a strike lasting 86-days, PSAC workers voted to accept the tentative agreement reached between Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 70396’s bargaining unit and the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC). The strike occurred after weeks of stalled negotiations resulted in an offer deemed unacceptable by 92% of the voting … Keep reading »

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    Museum Workers at War

    Precarious Employment and the Public Sector Squeeze The casualization of labour has placed many workers in a position of precariousness forcing them into a state of perpetual insecurity characteristic of the ‘new economy’ neoliberal nightmare. In an effort to reduce production costs and maximize profitability, many employers have adopted a neoliberal approach to employment, which is … Keep reading »