Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Coffee Shop Workers Unionize. Who's Next?

Workers at a coffee shop in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley have become the first in Canada to be unionized. The workers and owners of "Just Us!" in Wolfville have come to terms on their first contract after protests and firings over the summer months. The collective agreement covers wages, the number of full-time positions and the stability of shifts at the university town java outlet. An official with the Services Employees International Union Local 2 says bigger coffee chains will eventually be forced to accept unionizing of their workers too. He says its only a matter of time.

Yarmouth Mayor Impressed By Residents' Committment

The return of ferry service next spring between Yarmouth and Maine has been the largest development in the town in years according to the mayor. Pam Mood says the efforts of everyone has made it possible.

As we approach 2014, the mayor says like most communities in the region, the economy and jobs are still major worries. However, she's convinced the return of ferry service will open the door to new opportunities, especially in the tourism sector.