Labournauts Podcast

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Sep 6, 2020

BC Federation of Labour President (Laird Cronk) and Secretary-Treasurer (Sussanne Skidmore) join Carlos to talk about Labour Day 2020, the work the BCFED is doing and has been going to advocate for workers during COVID and much much more!

Please follow @bcfed to find out more about the work they do and also follow Sussanne (@SussanneRS) and Laird (@laird4bcfed) on Twitter to stay updated on the important issues they are tackling on a day to day basis.

Thanks for watching & listening :) please share!

Happy Labour Day!!

Jun 16, 2020

Trevor Davies, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees British Columbia, joins Carlos via zoom to discuss the work CUPE Members are doing to keep public services functioning during COVID19. They also talk about the work CUPE is doing to ensure there is appropriate and important municipal funding provided to the municipalities that need it most and the current political climate connected to the Black Lives Matter Movement.

To learn more about CUPE BC and the work they do check out their website at

Jun 1, 2020

Long time friend of the Labournauts, Crystal Warner from the Canada Employment and Immigration Union, joins Carlos to talk about the new reality her members are facing at work, the responsibilities unions have during COVID19, and the current state of the Phoenix Pay System.

Make sure you check out Crystal’s new podcast “Point of Privilege” .... they live stream on FaceBook every Friday and will be posting to podcast apps soon!!!

May 8, 2020
President of CUPE 7000, Tony Rebelo, joins Carlos via Zoom to talk about the every day scenarios his fellow members are facing on the frontlines of Metro Vancouver’s Transit System, the ripple effects of Translink’s most recent decision to cut services and lay off workers, and the potential hazards workers and the public are now facing while using transit during COVID19. 
to learn more about the work CUPE 7000 (Rapid Transit and Rail Workers) does visit: 
To sign on to the “fund transit now” campaign visit:
May 1, 2020

Vice President of the Movement of United Professionals, Christy Slusarenko takes the time to call in and talk to Carlos about the recent layoffs and services cuts at Translink. They talk about the ripple effects these types of decisions have on essential workers and people that need access to transit to work and live. How MoveUp is “stepping up” during COVID19 and how important it is to maintain focus on union led campaigns during this pandemic.

Please support MoveUp members by taking action at: learn more about their union at: Follow Christy at @christylee35 on instagram or @christyLslusare on twitter.

Apr 22, 2020

Kim Novak, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1518, joins Carlos via zoom to talk about the working conditions for many of the @ufcw1518 workers during COVID19, the role her union is playing to organize workers in the “gig” economy, the importance of unions having a proactive strategy as we move towards a “post-covid world,” and much much more.

To learn more about UFCW 1518 make sure to check out their website: or on social media: @ufcw1518

Apr 13, 2020

Zoomcast Ep. 2 “Doing Digital”

Jack Milroy from Pacific Digital zooms in all the way from Newcastle, Australia to talk about the effects COVID 19 is having on the way unions are communicating with their members, the opportunities and responsibilities unions have to provide “networking platforms” to their members and the types of digital tools that are proving to be useful (new and old) during this Pandemic.

If you’d like to connect with Jack you can find him through: if you want to sign up to his newsletter click here:

Apr 1, 2020

Community Savings CEO, Mike Schilling, joins Carlos and Orion on the first ever Labournauts “Zoomcast.” They discuss the financial impacts of COVID-19, the role financial institutions play during this pandemic, and some of the ways workers facing financial insecurity during these times can access support. Here are some useful links if you or someone you know is needing support or just wanting more information:

Community Savings:

BC Federation of Labour:

Canadian Labour Congress (worker resource centre):


*due to the timely nature of this, and upcoming podcasts, we’re going to do our best to get the episodes published as soon as possible  - if the quality is a little less “professional” than you’re used to hearing from us..... it’s because we’re hurrying 😉

Feb 26, 2020

Sussanne and Carlos sit down with Federal New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh. These 3 talk about the role unions play both within the NDP and politics generally. The recent introduction of Federal Anti-Scab Legislation by the NDP and the current Wet’suwet’en protests and blockades.

Follow everything Jagmeet is up to @theJagmeetSingh or if you want to know more about the Federal NDP you can find them at

May 22, 2019

Chair and Co-Chair of the BC Federation of Labour Young Worker Committee, Milena Kollay and Alex Gendron join Carlos to talk about the work the Young Workers Committee is doing on behalf of young workers in this province.

They discuss the upcoming “Grant’s Law Sit In” scheduled for Saturday, May 25th, the Grants Law Plaque Unveiling planned for June 1st and their upcoming Young Workers’ School at Camp Jubilee.

To follow the work Milena and Alex are doing follow Milena on Instagram @milenakollaymoveup and Alex @alexgendron89

To find out more about Young Worker Workers’ School check out:

Mar 14, 2019

James Pratt, Executive Assistant to the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, joins Carlos to talk about digital strategies, why politics matter, Jack Layton, tattoos and even a little Johnny Cash. It’ll all make sense, we promise!

To learn more and follow the work that James is doing find him @jamesdouglaspratt on Instagram or @jamespratt on Facebook.

Feb 8, 2019

Coleen Jones, Canadian Union of Postal Workers Alternate National Union Representative and 1st VP of the Fraser Valley West Local Joins Sussanne and Carlos to discuss Postal Banking, Delivering Community Power, back to work legislation and many of the issues CUPW is fighting for as they start the arbitration process with Canada Post.  

Please show your support of these hard working union folks by following them on twitter @cupw or @friends_PS and go to their campaign websites at and


Jan 2, 2019

Crystal Warner, National Executive Vice President from The Canadian Employment and Immigration Union (CEIU) joins Carlos for the 4th time with James Brierley, Young Worker Representative from  CEIU and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

Crystal and James give us an in-depth look at the disastrous effects the Phoenix Pay System has had on Federal Government Workers, their Families, and their Communities and also discuss the upcoming bargaining landscape as Federal Government Unions prepare for bargaining and what type of strategies may be needed.

Please visit for more information on upcoming actions and follow Crystal Warner @crystalmwarner on Twitter or email James at

Dec 6, 2018

Jack Milroy from Pacific Digital joins Carlos to talk about all things digital! Jack has a long history using modern and digital tools to engage and organize union members both in Australia and now in Canada.

He gives us some useful advice on how to create a digital strategy in your organization, the importance of creating a digital culture and a whole bunch of do’s and don’ts.

If you want to learn more about Jack and the work he does, follow him @jack_milroy on Twitter or check out his website

Aug 29, 2018

Carlos sits down with Rod Mickleburgh, Journalist and Author of “On the Line” and  Phillip Legg, Board Chair of the Community Savings Credit Union. They talk about the process it takes when writing a book like this one, the role Community Savings Credit Union played in supporting this venture, the history of militant unionism in British Columbia and much more!

To find more information about the book or purchase it, just follow this link ➡️ Or find it anywhere you find your books ☝🏼✊🏼 📚

Jun 21, 2018

Carlos sits down with Shireen Clark, President of CUPE local 374 to discuss the recent book she was a part of authoring titled “Simply Woman”. 

Shireen’s story is inspirational, as is many of the stories are in this book. Have a listen and if you’d like to learn more about the “Simply Woman” book or more about Shireen story check out her website at 


Jun 7, 2018

Joey Hartman, retired Vancouver and District Labour Council President and Amber Leonard, President of the CUPE Vancouver Island District Council join Carlos to talk about the VIDC Leadership Conference, the importance of Municipal Elections and how they got started in the Labour Movement. 



May 29, 2018

Sussanne chats with Morna Ballantyne and Henry Lee from the Canadian Labour College.  They talk about the renewal and relaunch of the Labour College and discuss the new format of the labour college and the exciting opportunities for up and coming labour leaders to learn and develop leadership skills, understand our history, and examine the challenges we face as a labour movement with the ever-changing workforce.

To follow Morna & Harry find them at @mornaballantyne and @hsimon to learn more about labour college visit:

Apr 27, 2018

When did the Day of Mourning start? Who started it? Answers to these questions, and much more, as Al Bieksa invites us into his living room to talk about his experiences while creating a short documentary on the origins of the Day of Mourning.

To watch the short Day of Mourning Documentary Al created go to:

Apr 21, 2018

Aaron Ekman sits down with Dennis Pilon, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, York University to talk about the right and wrong ways to campaign for a change to our voting system.

If you want to learn more about proportional representation and have your voice heard go to @

To learn more about the work Dennis does and if you’d like to check out his book ... check out his blog @

Apr 5, 2018

In Part 2 Carlos sits down with participants from the United Steel Workers “Be More Than a Bystander” weeklong workshop to unpack and discuss what they’ve learned from the workshop and how they plan on advocating for the elimination of gender-based violence in their workplaces and communities.

A big thank you to Steve Kallies, Vice President of USW Local 9346 (and @steelmegaphone host), Bernie Wood, Vice President of USW Local 9074 and Iain Thistlewaite, Recording Secretary for USW Local 7619 for sitting down and taking part in this honest discussion regarding such an important topic.

For more information on the work the Steelworkers are doing, follow them @usw_district_3 and please find ways to support the work being done by @endviolenceBC

Mar 21, 2018

“Being more than a Bystander” Part 1 

Carlos is joined by Tracy Porteous, Executive Director for the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia, Retired BC Lion and Grey Cup winner JR LaRose and Matthias Goossen, Lineman for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. 

Tracy, JR and Matthias share their stories and talk about the importance of being spokespeople for the “Be more than a Bystander” program, and how transformative the work they do is. 

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series we are launching to promote and talk about the inaugural “Be more than a Bystander” Training hosted by the United Steel Workers. (@steelworkersCA) 

To learn more about this campaign follow the work Tracy and the End Violence team are doing @EndViolenceBC . You can also follow JR and Matthias on twitter @j_tonto27 and @MatthiasGoose

Mar 1, 2018

Sussanne takes the opportunity to chat with ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton and ILWU activist Joulene Parent about all things longshore. They cover the importance of engaging the Women of ILWU, Bill c23, longshore history, organizing the unorganized and much more.

Thanks to @ilwu502views_jag for the awesome picture we used for show art!

To find out more about the work ILWU Canada is doing to protect our Coasts follow them @ilwucanada on twitter

Feb 8, 2018

The original Labounauts crew gets together and wastes no time digging into the good and not so good. Labour College, Site C, BC Liberals new Leader and Raiding are just a few of the topics covered on this controversy-filled episode. 

Makes sure to follow Aaron Ekman on all things social media @aaronekman, Sussanne Skidmore @sussanneEVP and the labournauts @Labournauts

Jan 18, 2018

Crystal Warner, National Executive Vice President of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union, joins Sussanne and Carlos to talk about the Phoenix Pay System, #metoo and Sex Workers Rights. 

Please listen, like and share this podcast! If you’d like more information about the topics discussed on this podcast follow Crystal on twitter  @crystalmwarner or @crystalwarner on Facebook

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