Union Safety Net Podcast

A union podcast for working people

Each month, we dive into the issues facing workers across Canada and talk to experts and special guests to make sense of it all. Hear timely conversations that will address topics relevant to the Canadian labour movement and USJE members through invited guests including politicians, subject matter experts, etc. Stay informed and up-to-date on all aspects of union life in Canada.

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Episodes

This episode focuses on the rise of labour disputes happening across Canada. We chatted with Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Professor Martin Petitclerc from L’Université du Québec à Montréal about striking workers and the changing labour landscape.

Further reading: 
GRÈVE ET PAIX
Une histoire des lois spéciales au Québec
Martin Petitclerc, Martin Robert

From worksite safety to the housing crisis: In this episode, we’re talking to NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice (en français) and USJE RVP Laurie Ann Wesselby (in English) about issues facing workers across Canada.

This episode was recorded before the Government of Alberta tabled Bill-11 on March 13, 2024.

This podcast episode mentions violent interactions that some listeners may find disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. 

Guests David Neufeld, USJE National President, and Valda Behrens, USJE RVP, talk about the USJE members working as the invisible backbone of the RCMP: the importance of their work and institutional knowledge, occupational health and safety concerns facing these members, and campaigns to keep the RCMP in communities across Canada.

This podcast episode mentions violent interactions that some listeners may find disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. 

The first episode focuses on presumptive injury, with guests Dr. Rose Ricciardelli and USJE RVP Kirsty Havard. Learn about how common it is for public safety personnel to experience traumatic incidents at work, the research being done, and the changes we can make to better protect these workers.