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About ACLA

About ACLA

The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) is a grassroots collective of community and labour activists.

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Our Times Feature

Our Times Feature

ACLA was featured in Our Times Magazine. Read the entire article here.

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ACLA Executive

ACLA Executive

Meet the current ACLA Executive Board. These positions are filled on a voluntary basis.

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KOMAGATA MARU WEEK YEG

http://www.komagatamaruweek.com/ The Continuing Legacy of the Komagata Maru/May 23, 2014 A century ago on May 23rd in 1914, the Komagata Maru, a ship of migrants from India sailed into the western shores of what is now called British Columbia, Canada, in the traditional territories of the Coast Salish groups of First Nations Peoples.  Upon the Komagata Maru’s…

ACLA’s Endorsement of Borther Hussan Husseini for Canadian Labour Congress President

April 2014 Sisters and brothers, The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance (ACLA) strongly endorses the candidacy of Brother Hussan Husseini for president of the Canadian Labour Congress.  ACLA is impressed by the vision that brother Husseini has outlined for transforming the labour movement away from today’s stays quo to an a activist  oriented working class movement. …

Ali Mustafa Mustafa

Sisters and Brothers, The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance is urgently requesting financial support for the family of freelance journalist Ali Mustafa. Mustafa, the Canadian born freelance journalist was recently killed in Syria while reporting from Aleppo. The family has taken out a loan to cover the approximately $20,000 it will cost to have his body…

Labour Day: Immigrant workers hit harder by tough economic times

 

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Immigrants come to Canada to secure a future for themselves and their families. Yet a recent study undertaken by Ryerson University has painted a gloomy picture of the long lasting impact that the 2008 recession has had on immigrant workers.

The study followed hundreds of former employees of Progressive Mould Products (PMP) over a five year period to determine whether or not they were able to achieve any semblance of a middle class life after their plant declared bankruptcy in 2008. Sadly those interviewed reported that they were much worse off now as compared to when they arrived in Canada. The reported entitled “An Immigrant All Over Again? Recession, Plant Closures, and Older racialized immigrant workers: A case study of the workers of Progressive Moulded Products” profiles the experiences of immigrant workers who arrived in Canada in the ’70s and ’80s. The researchers found that:
– Only one third (34 per cent) of participants secured permanent full time employment, two thirds of former workers were either precariously employed or unemployed;
– 77 per cent of workers wages were worse off than what they earned from PMP;
– 36 per cent of male workers and 37 per cent of women workers reported a wage drop of $5 an hour or more;
– 52 per cent or women workers and 42 per cent of men reported that it was difficult to make ends meet since PMP went bankrupt;
– 49.4 per cent of workers felt their health worsened after the plant closures;
– 85 per cent of workers felt age barriers was the primary reason while they could not find permanent work;
– and 67 per cent felt that they were racially discriminated in the labour market.…

ACLA at the 2013 Chinese Railroad Workers Ceremony

Thank you to the event organizers for inviting ACLA to bring greetings and for organizing this annual gathering to recognize the contribution of Chinese railroad workers. In the Chinese community, Canada is known as “Gold Mountain” meaning land of opportunity and prosperity. Generations of Chinese have looked to Canada as a place of hope and…

ACLA Letter to CRTC on Roger’s Cuts to OMNI Television’s Multilanguage Programming

June 27, 2013 Via Email: Jean-pierre.blais@crtc.gc.ca Jean-Pierre Blais Chairman and Chief Executive Office Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Les Terrasses de la Chaudière Central Building 1 Promenade du Portage Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4B1   Dear Mr. Blais: Re: Cuts to OMNI Television’s Multilanguage Programming by Rogers Communication   The Asian Canadian Labour Alliance is a…