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Toronto Labour Day - Class Collaboration on Display

liberals at labour day 2016Union members at this year’s Toronto Labour Day Parade were greeted with an unfamiliar sight: for the first time in the parade’s history (according to former OFL President Sid Ryan) Liberal MPPs had been invited to participate in the Labour Day Parade. Kevin Flynn, Liberal MPP for Oakville and the Minister of Labour, marched at the front of the parade alongside the Toronto and York District Labour Council’s banner, beside the council’s President, John Cartwright, and the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff. That the same Minister of Labour for the Wynne government who had stripped Ontario teachers represented by OSSTF of their right to collectively bargain and to strike is able to show his face at the Ontario labour movement’s largest event of the year is downright scandalous! Rhetoric of a “social justice Premier” aside, the Wynne government represents an implacably anti-worker and pro-austerity enemy to the labour movement of Ontario.

Solidarity Helps Library Workers Win Victory!

library strikeStriking Mississauga Library workers, represented by CUPE Local 1989, recently won an important victory in contract negotiations. Ratification occurred on July 26th, after almost three weeks on strike. During the strike, Socialist Fightback Students joined the picket line in a show of student-worker solidarity. In a time of few gains, this victory highlights the power of the working class and the need for collective solidarity.

Support Postal Workers – Fire the Management!

canadapoststrike2Fifty thousand postal workers could be out on picket lines in a matter of days, as Canada Post management is doing everything they can to provoke a showdown. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) offered to extend the July 2 deadline for a lockout by a period of two weeks, but were rejected out of hand by Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra. With that rejection, the tension on the shop floor is at its highest as workers brace themselves for either a strike or a lock out. Either way this could turn out to be a very sharp struggle.

City of Toronto Workers Sold Short: What are the Lessons?

Cupe Local 79 RallyLast month, more than 20,000 'inside' city workers of CUPE Local 79 were presented with a tentative agreement negotiated by their elected leadership that they were told was "the best we could get". This agreement, which included such concessions as wage increases below the rate of inflation and cuts to long-term disability pay, along with no notable improvements, was notable for the complete removal of historic anti-contracting out language originally won in 1999. This sell out is only the latest in a series of defeats for the labour movement over the past few years, highlighting the absence of leadership despite the willingness of the rank and file to fight to the end.

Bill C-377: Union-busting legislation the latest salvo in Harper's war against the working-class

bill377Recent anti-union legislation passed by the Harper government has added yet more fuel to the mass of combustible material that exists in Canadian society. Bill C-377 will force unions to publicize sensitive information about the state of their finances and thus will place them at a significant disadvantage in future struggles of workers with their bosses.

GM Layoffs Reflect Decay of Capitalism

gm layoffsContinuing the general trend of the decline in Ontario’s manufacturing sector, General Motors recently announced that nearly 1,000 jobs will be cut in Oshawa in order to relocate Chevrolet Camaro production to Lansing, Michigan. This decision was concluded in 2012, a mere week after the implementation of anti-union “right to work” legislation in that state.

Toronto university strikes victorious; Austerity can be defeated!

CUPE3902 workers and students rally with picket signsAfter a month-long strike at the University of Toronto and York University, academic workers have returned to work. Workers at both universities were able to make important advances at the bargaining table as the strike pressed forward. The action taken by the 10,000 members of CUPE 3902 and 3903 has shaken university administrations and the Ontario Liberal government, while sending a strong message to the labour movement. That message is: austerity can be defeated through bold strike action and rank-and-file militancy.

CUPE 3903: Defend Tuition Indexation! Reject concessions! Keep the union united!

The bargaining team of CUPE 3903, the union representing striking education workers at York University, has reached a tentative agreement with the YorkU administration. Here, we re-publish a statement by the Socialist Fightback club at YorkU/Seneca, which has been actively mobilizing support for the strike.