life rattle show no. 1189
Presented on Sunday, January 29, 2012
Hosted by Virginia Ashberry
Aleisa Faherty reading her stories
Tonight's program, Life Rattle No. 1189, brings you two stories from Life Rattle writer Aleisa Faherty, reading from her strike journal.
Aleisa Faherty was born in 1972 in East York. Aleisa is the eldest of three children; she has a brother and a sister. The family moved from East York to Etobicoke before settling in Mississauga. When she was sixteen, Aleisa saw a help-wanted ad in a Miracle Mart store close to her home. She knew she would be going to university and wanted part-time work to pay for her tuition, so she applied for the job, got accepted and began working in May '89.
Faherty had worked for Miracle Mart for four-and-a-half years when the workers went on strike in November '93 to protest the wage reductions proposed by management. The strike was a difficult one for the workers, stretching through an unusually cold holiday season into the new year without much hope of a decent settlement. Through the strike Faherty kept a personal strike journal, and it is the basis for stories we are featuring tonight on Life Rattle.