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"No" Campaign Sweeps CUPW: Tentative agreement not good enough! Print E-mail
Written by Mike Palecek, Shop Steward, Vancouver local (in personal capacity)   
Monday, 05 March 2007 01:00
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has long been known for its strength and militancy in the labour movement. When CUPW was formed in 1965, they led an illegal strike of postal workers across the country that won the right to strike for the entire public sector. Since then, CUPW has led the public sector in the struggle for better wages, working conditions, and rights. But many rank and file activists are today wondering what has become of our union.
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Conservative government threatens to smash CN workers Print E-mail
Written by Camilo Cahis   
Tuesday, 20 February 2007 16:17
The federal minister of labour, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, has threatened to introduce back-to-work legislation in order to end the 10-day old strike by CN workers. On Monday evening, management at CN failed to get the Canada Industrial Relations Board to rule the strike illegal. Now, they have turned to the Conservative government in the hope that the strike can be broken.
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Interview with Willie Lambert Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 November 2006 20:41
Last summer Willie Lambert, a rank and file transit worker from Oakville, Ontario, challenged Buzz Hargrove for the leadership of the Canadian Auto Workers.  Lambert campaigned on a program of rank and file driven action against concessions.  He argued that the leadership had been moving closer and closer to management and were relying more on backroom deals than militant action.  Brother Lambert also strongly criticized the CAW leadership for backing the Liberals in several ridings in the last federal election.  The CAW bureaucracy came down hard on him.  It was clear leading up to the convention that they were not satisfied by simply winning, but were intent on crushing Willie Lambert.
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Ontario grocery workers set to strike over Thanksgiving Print E-mail
Written by Brent J. MacVicar   
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 21:55
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 175 have given a 95% strike mandate to the union leaders representing workers for Loblaws, Zehrs and Real Canadian Superstore. After a vicious period of attacks on wages and benefits in collective agreements in the food retail sector in Ontario, workers have had enough. The company has declared war against the union and brought in Allan Leighton, a man described as a “veteran of UK labour wars” by the Globe and Mail. This movement of 27,000 workers potentially ushers in a new era of class struggle and possibly a shift to the left in UFCW's largest local on the continent.
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Militant actions wins! A critical look at Ontario politics Print E-mail
Written by Camilo Cahis   
Thursday, 14 September 2006 22:30
Since the betrayal of the Ontario Days of Action in 1996-97, the movement in Ontario has been at one of its lowest levels. This is in contrast to the rest of Canada where most provinces are seeing some of the most militant labour actions since the 1970s. In both British Columbia and Québec, we have seen a burgeoning general strike movement while Newfoundland recently saw the largest strike in the province’s history.
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The Race to the Right: The CAW/NDP split Print E-mail
Written by Julian Benson   
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 11:26
On 16 August, at the constitutional convention of the Canadian Auto Workers Union, delegates voted to officially sever ties with the New Democratic Party and declare “political independence”. The convention’s decision merely formalizes the political line the union leadership adopted in February after the Ontario NDP executive voted to suspend CAW president Buzz Hargrove’s membership. The break between the CAW and the NDP weakens the political position of the working class and must be opposed by all who fight for socialism.
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From Co-op to Union Shop: RWU organizes organic food warehouse Print E-mail
Written by Brent J. MacVicar   
Monday, 11 September 2006 13:07
For the past year and a half I have worked at Horizon Distributors, the leading distributor of organic and natural foods in Canada. Having its origins as a workers' co-operative, management has typically made it a point to provide good benefits and take a more relaxed attitude towards work. But, things change. Explosive double digit growth rates have meant an ever increasing workload for the same token wages. In response, we have granted ourselves the right to have a voice and a vote on what we work for.
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Beware the attack on democracy lurking behind terrorism scare Print E-mail
Written by Maarten Vanheuverswyn -- www.marxist.com   
Friday, 11 August 2006 11:23
British airports were in a state of chaos yesterday after it was revealed that a terrorist plot had been foiled. Twenty-four people have been arrested on allegations of planning to blow up ten aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean using liquid explosives carried in soft-drink bottles, and detonators disguised as electronic equipment. The gutter press was keen to pick up on the British police's declaration that the explosions could have caused "mass murder on an unimaginable scale".
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CAW leadership candidate Willie Lambert speaks with Fightback Print E-mail
Written by Julian Benson   
Thursday, 03 August 2006 01:00
Fightback's Julian Benson recently spoke with the CAW's Willie Lambert. Lambert is a rank-and-file transit worker from Oakville, Ontario. He is running against Buzz Hargrove for the leadership of the Canadian Auto Workers, Canada’s largest private sector union. In recent years, Buzz Hargrove’s leadership has become synonymous with the idea of “strategic voting” and “lesser evil politics”. Many CAW members feel that the direction that the Hargrove administration is taking the union is one that leads further down the road of defeatism and concessions to the bosses.
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Mexican Elections -- Protest Stephen Harper's recognition of Calderon Print E-mail
Written by Fightback   
Wednesday, 12 July 2006 22:48
The situation in Mexico is approaching a critical point. As hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to protest the results of the recent election, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has now laid formal charges of electoral fraud against the Mexican state. While the bourgeois media, both in Mexico and internationally, tries to denounce the claims of fraud, the evidence against the State continues to pile up.
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