Reading, writing and arithmetic are more important than ever in today’s economy. Virtually every job requires some capacity to solve problems, use a computer for non-routine tasks and to communicate complex ideas clearly. Meeting these demands requires higher levels of language, literacy and numeracy skills than 40 percent of the people working in western Canada have. This is a problem, and it’s getting worse, and it won’t fix itself.
Janet Lane, Director, Canada West Foundation Centre for Human Capital Policy
Scott Murray, President, DataAngel Policy Research Inc.
Bill Fletcher Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in shipyard, thereby entering the labour movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labour unions in addition to serving as a senior staff person in the national AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations). He is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web.