Tag: On The Job

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    A Challenge of Parliamentary Proportions & Ruth Ellen Brosseau

    May 10th, 2011     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    Well, originally I was going to write about organizing collectively and ‘watching the clock’ strategies, especially in unstable, low-wage situations with moderate to high degrees of surveillance, but then the Conservatives were re-elected with a majority and, well … I had a big cry. Nevertheless, there were some exciting events during this election: the well-organized, enthusiastic, youth-driven vote mobs that sprang up across the country; the highest number of women ever were elected as MPs; and … READ MORE

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    Service with a Smile: The Many Faces of Affective Labour

    April 25th, 2011     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    I must admit that in spite of a checkered labour history that includes wrapping gifts, teaching LEGO, and failed attempts at unionization, right now, I like my job. The work is enjoyable, the pay is fair, my boss is appreciative of the work I do, and to top it off, I can surreptitiously blog from work. Alas, there is but one downside … I am a contract worker. My labour, while gratifying, is impermanent. My contract–this veritable … READ MORE

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    Meet Meg…

    April 6th, 2011     by Meg Pirie     Comments

    Hey y’all! My name is Meg Pirie and I’m so excited to shamelessly get my blog on with such a wonderful publication. My Shameless column’s primary focus is labour, especially as it pertains to gender. Why, you ask? Well, I’ve had a series of jobs that have varied widely (babysitter, tutor, gift wrapper, customer service representative, server, LEGO instructor at after school workshop … you name it). While the type and length of employment varied, 98% … READ MORE

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    5 scenarios where you need help at work, and how to ask: part 3

    November 11th, 2010     by Emma Woolley     Comments

    The third and (thus far) final installment on navigating office peccadillos so you can maintain your dignity, uphold your feminism, and get the job done. 4. Your colleagues are pushing their work onto you Scenario: Your smoke-coming-off-the-keyboard typing speed, expert formatting of meeting notes, and punchy report writing is complimented by your superiors. Business is brisk, and before long, you find yourself entrusted with regular responsibilities and assigned a sizeable queue of daily work. The work your … READ MORE

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    5 scenarios where you need help at work, and how to ask: part 2

    November 10th, 2010     by Emma Woolley     Comments

    The second installment of a three-part post on navigating office peccadillos so you can maintain your dignity, uphold your feminism, and get the job done. 2. You don’t know how to operate work-related technology or equipment. Scenario: You’ve just sent 10 documents to the printer. The machine is old, there’s a paper jam. You open up the front door and there’s no paper to be seen. Ah-ha! There’s a little white corner of something in the … READ MORE

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    5 scenarios where you need help at work, and how to ask: part 1

    November 9th, 2010     by Emma Woolley     Comments

    The first installment of a three-part post on navigating office peccadillos so you can maintain your dignity, uphold your feminism, and get the job done. At the end of August, you might’ve caught the article “Where Are The Ladies At? 18 Reasons Your Company Might Be A Sausagefest” on The Frisky. In her post, former HuffPo blog editor, Jessica Wakeman tackles a controversial piece in the Wall Street Journal about why so few women are … READ MORE

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    rabble.ca Internships!

    October 18th, 2010     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Interested in interning at Canada’s awesome, progressive news website, rabble.ca? They’re hiring! rabble.ca is one of the success stories of Canadian independent journalism, publishing news and columns by some of the best writers of the left, and providing exposure to new writers. rabble.ca hosts one of the most dynamic discussion boards in the country: babble (www.rabble.ca/babble). Five years ago, rabble.ca launched the ever-expanding rabble podcast network (www.rabble.ca/rpn) as well as the rabble book lounge complete with reviews, … READ MORE

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    Should Forbes Give Women Work Advice?

    September 19th, 2010     by Cynara Geissler     Comments

    Last month, Forbes published an article and corresponding guide called “Flirting Your Way to the Corner Office: Are you ignoring one of your greatest career assets? A guide to professional flirtation” in the Forbes Woman section online. In the article, writer Jenna Goudreau debates the pros and cons of flirting in the office, quoting Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, as the article’s primary expert. In … READ MORE

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    Welcome to Shameless at Work

    September 19th, 2010     by Emma Woolley     Comments

    We’re here to do work. Business work. Hi there, we’re Megan and Cynara. We’re delighted to join the accomplished team of bloggers at Shameless with our new blog “Shameless at Work.” Our column will be a monthly mix of all topics related to women and work. We’re both in our twenties and are navigating the trials and tribulations of being female professionals. After having worked in academia, childcare, retail, publishing, marketing, communications and project management, we … READ MORE

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    International Day to end Violence Against Sex Workers

    December 17th, 2009     by Julia Horel     Comments

    “On December 17th 2009, sex workers and their allies across Canada will mark the 7th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This day draws attention to acts of violence that continue to be committed against sex workers worldwide, and to the stigma and discrimination perpetuated by prohibitionist laws against sex work, which endanger our lives and work.” - Rabble.ca Check out more information at Rabble.ca SWOP (American, but with lots of good information) and learn more … READ MORE

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    Did *YOU* choose your path?

    November 19th, 2009     by Desirée O     Comments

    Growing up, my mom was always supportive of my career aspirations. When I showed an interest in writing, she bought me notebooks and special pens to encourage me. When I told her I wanted to act, she took me to the National Theatre School a province away to see if it interested me. When I felt visual art was part of my craft, she took me to galleries to show me what was possible. She … READ MORE

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    A new domestic order?

    September 28th, 2009     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    There are few jobs in North America where exploitation of gender, race, and class intersect so sharply as in domestic work, where immigrant women from around the world labour in the homes of wealthy families in what are often dismal conditions: low wages, no security, fear of violence and deportation, and overwork. The situation of live-in caregivers (as they’re officially called by the state, erasing the fact that these women work, hard) in Canada briefly … READ MORE

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    Nightwood Theatre: accepting applications for apprenticeships

    July 23rd, 2009     by Desirée O     Comments

    Are you a young woman interested in a career in the theatre? If so, then this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s National Women’s Theatre, is now accepting applications for apprenticeships in the 2009/2010 Season. Learn the intricacies of your craft from some of the best in the business, like Nightwood’s Artistic Director Kelly Thornton who I had the chance to interview for Shameless Women. Here is the info from Nightwood… Nightwood Theatre, Canada’s … READ MORE

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    ‘High Maintenance’ is the New Ambitious?

    May 7th, 2009     by Mir Verburg     Comments

    I am not usually one to write on politics, but this headline, “Scandal sidelines ‘high-maintenance’ Liberal MP’” isn’t so much about politics either. Ruby Dhalla is the first female Sikh MP in Canada, a high profile member of the Liberal Party, and the critic for youth and multiculturalism. At least the article mentions that. There have been other women and other Sikhs in parliament, just never one who might describe herself in an online personal as “SSF,” … READ MORE

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    Back in the Day

    February 10th, 2009     by Mir Verburg     Comments

    Check out this illustrated comparison from traditional women’s magazine Woman’s Day charting the increase in women’s incomes over the last 50 years. In the 1950s, the average woman earned 14k a year, had a 983 square foot house and craftsman or labourer spouse. Now, the average is 29k, with a post-high school education and a 2349 square foot house. 15k is not actually a huge improvement. All these numbers are adjusted for inflation, so in 1950 eggs … READ MORE

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    Human Rights at Work

    January 28th, 2009     by Diandra Oliver     Comments

    A recent hot topic out here on the West Coast is a woman who experienced a successful outcome from the human rights tribunal. Hailey de Lessier was awarded $26,000 in compensation for being let go from her job because she told her employers she was pregnant (CBC story here). “I just [want] to tell other people that this does happen and you can fight it. It’s a long process but you can fight it and … READ MORE

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    Stop Unfashionable Conduct at Zara

    December 17th, 2008     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    UNITE HERE, a union that represents workers in the apparel, textile, hotel, and restaurant industries, has just launched a campaign against clothing chain Zara. Zara workers in a downtown Montreal store joined UNITE HERE in 2007 to fight bad working conditions at their store, including unpredictable schedules, short staffing, favouritism by bosses, and disregard for seniority. According to UNITE HERE, however, Zara has fought back, using tactics that may have violated the Quebec labour code: four … READ MORE

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    The ‘Old Boys Club’ strikes again

    September 22nd, 2008     by Mir Verburg     Comments

    According to this Boing-Boing post Researchers from the U. of Florida found that men who believe in what they call ‘traditional roles for women’ (a woman’s place is in the home, employing wives leads to more juvenile delinquency, etc.) earn more money than men who don’t. The same is not true for women. notabene: I think by ‘employing wives’ the author does not mean ‘I’m a gonna go out there and hire me a wife’, they mean, … READ MORE

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    don’t vote for me, argentina

    September 11th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

    Rebecca Traister has an article about Sarah Palin in Salon where she asks: “how did I, a die-hard feminist, end up terrified at the idea of a woman in the White House?” What Palin so seductively represents…is a form of feminine power that is utterly digestible to those who have no intellectual or political use for actual women. It’s like some dystopian future … feminism without any feminists. Traister is a great writer and I heartily recommend … READ MORE

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    Tinkerbell protests for workers’ rights

    August 15th, 2008     by Megan Griffith-Greene     Comments

    Tinkerbell and Cinderella were arrested earlier this week, in the middle of a protest for workers’ rights. Don’t get too excited: Disney hasn’t come out with an unexpectedly awesome new movie. Instead, a group of Disneyland workers, many in costume, shut down a major thoroughfare in California trying to prevent Disney from taking away their benefits. According to CNN: The dispute involves about 2,300 maids, bell hops, cooks and dishwashers at three Disney-owned hotels: the Paradise … READ MORE

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