'Fightback' Visit to GM Blockade, June 4th 2008

The mood of the workers was very militant and it is quite clear that they are willing to remain on the picket lines for as long as it takes to win. Terry McDonald, a member of the Oshawa Local's bargaining committee, told Fightback, "We're right. We're going to stay as long as it takes for them to realise that."

Save the Oshawa GM plant! Nationalize the auto industry!

The Tuesday announcement of the closure of GM’s Oshawa plant is a slap in the face to auto workers everywhere. The ink is barely dry on the CAW’s new contract with General Motors, a contract that contained many concessions that were supposed to keep this plant, and others like it, open. But General Motors has shown that they never had any intention of living up to their end of the bargain. They held plant closures over the heads of the bargaining committee to get concessions and when they finally got them, they announced they’re closing the plants anyways. 2,600 jobs will be lost. GM and the other auto-giants have shown that they are incapable of running this industry without attacking workers.

Part-time teachers at Concordia and McGill under attack

After succeeding in unloading the burden of the under-funded education system onto the shoulders of students through a $500 increase in tuition fees over 5 years, the McGill and Concordia University administrations have turned their attacks towards the university workers. Their focus is on the workers who are in a more vulnerable position, namely part-time faculty at Concordia and teaching assistants at McGill.

Support the TTC Workers: Fund our Public Services!

The 9000 drivers, maintenance workers, ticket collectors, cleaning and other Toronto Transit Commission staff are set to strike Monday April 21st. We call on Mayor Miller and the City of Toronto to come to a fair settlement with the workers of ATU 113 to end the strike. The Provincial and Federal Governments must provide the money to fund our public services, rather than wasting cash on corporate tax cuts and increased military spending.

Manufacturing crisis hits Brockville area hard

Ontario can now be considered to be in the middle of a manufacturing crisis. Over 300,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in just a few short years; decent jobs that people can build lives, families and communities on. Those living in the Ottawa valley and Thousand Islands area felt the harsh impact of the so called Free Trade Agreement, with huge plant closures and job losses in the early 90's. Now round two is upon us.

Workers’ Control at Canada Post

Workers at Canada Post are facing an uncertain future. A quick glance at the publicly owned corporation shows that we’re sailing in troubled waters. We have a CEO who is hell-bent on pushing down wages and working conditions and privatizing the company. The Conservative government would certainly not put a stop to this. Canada Post itself has a massive bureaucracy that is incapable of doing anything quickly or efficiently. All the while, workers are being forced to sort and deliver more mail in less time. It is becoming abundantly clear that this model for a publicly owned company is a failure, but what is the alternative?

Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign launches in Canada

Over a dozen people attended a meeting on the recent fraudulent elections in Pakistan on a cold blustery Toronto evening. The meeting was hosted by Canadian supporters of the Pakistani Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC), the first such meeting to date in Canada.

Organizing in the Retail Trade – Loomis Workers Gain Important Victory

Workers at Loomis Art Store in Vancouver recently won an important victory by organizing a union in the service sector. Some in the labour movement believe that service sector workers cannot be organized or that it is not worth the effort. Typically, the most oppressed, young, immigrant and women workers are concentrated in the service sector. Worker-organizer Kevin Bell details his experiences and shows that only a militant approach can win victory for retail workers.

Fightback Demands the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Alison Bodine!

Near midnight on Thursday September 13, 2007 Alison Bodine, political organizer and social justice activist was arrested by RCMP and Citizenship & Immigration Canada. Alison, a US-citizen, was arrested when she attempted to cross the border at Peace-Arch border crossing, traveling from Canada into the United States. She was handcuffed, detained, and her passport taken away from her, with no information given about the basis for her arrest, or the charges that she was facing.

Teamsters Strike at IKEA Richmond

On Monday August 20th, workers at the Richmond BC Ikea store hit the picket lines in their first ever strike. Teamsters local 213 members are on the picket line in what is turning out to be a very important strike. This struggle carries with it the possibility, not only to raise the living standards of workers at Ikea’s flagship store in Canada, but also to spread the union to other stores. It has the potential to deal a decisive blow to the two-tiered wage system that has been plaguing unionized retail workers for years. This battle must be won.