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Bureaucratic Game of Thrones as Unifor Leaves the CLC

On January 17th, Unifor, the largest private sector union in Canada, representing more than 315,000 workers across the country, disaffiliated from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). This move will have serious negative repercussions for the Canadian labour movement, undermining the unity of the working class at a time when major corporations like Tim Hortons are launching significant attacks on workers in an attempt to claw back the recent increase in the Ontario minimum wage. The labour bureaucracy has to move away from this sick “Game of Thrones” and unite against the common enemy. 

Eyewitness report from OFL Young Workers’ Assembly: Lack of democracy and political confusion

On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, I attended the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Young Workers’ Assembly at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. There were about 200 people present, mainly young workers under the age of 30 from various workplaces across Ontario. The attendance was so large in comparison to the ballroom that the organizers voiced their surprise and some had to stand outside watching in. There was no doubt that young workers were looking for methods to win against their bosses.

Ontario faculty legislated back to work: we need a movement of defiance!

On Thursday, November 16th the Ontario government announced that it was tabling back-to-work legislation against striking faculty at Ontario’s colleges. This comes only hours after the employer’s most recent offer was rejected by a resounding 86 per cent of faculty. Participation in the vote, which was forced by the employer, was 95 per cent.

College faculty strike: their fight is our fight!

OPSEU workers on stirkeAs of Monday morning, 12,000 faculty members at Ontario’s 24 public colleges are on strike. They include full-time and partial-load professors, librarians and counsellors. The strike comes after college employers rejected a final offer from faculty, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), on Sunday night. 

ATU 113 Election: Rank-and-file workers vote for change

ATU Local 113 Labour RallyWorkers of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 turned out this past Oct. 4 to elect a new set of leaders. It was hoped through this election that a new executive board would be able to pull us out of the internal crisis of disaffiliation and trusteeship the local has experienced over the past nine months, and at the same time push us forward in the direction of unity, accountability and a no-concessions approach that will be necessary in upcoming contract negotiations with Toronto Transit Commission management.

Support the Toronto Pearson Airport Workers’ Strike!

On Thursday, July 27, 700 workers with Teamsters Local 419 voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike after rejecting an offer by Swissport, one of the largest service providers at Pearson Airport in Toronto.

Demonstration against Bombardier in Montreal: An interview with a worker

bomardier employees protestOn April 2 a spontaneous demonstration was held in Montreal with approximately 300 people in front of Bombardier's head offices denouncing the obscene salaries of their executives. La Riposte socialiste, the organization of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) in Quebec, participated in the demonstration and interviewed Michel Millette, a Bombardier worker and disappointed citizen who insisted that we make this clear!

Grassroots members revolt against ATU 113 Executive at Local meeting (eyewitness report)

bob kinnearOne thousand members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 gathered this past Sunday, March 19 for the first general membership meeting since the eruption of the disaffiliation crisis a month and a half ago. Having been consistently denied a voice in the matter up to this point by the union bureaucracy, the rank and file workers of Local 113 voiced their anger in droves, and in the process delivered an unequivocal message of no confidence in the elected leadership. This represents a fundamental transformation in the situation within the union, one which will most certainly have reverberating effects in the months and years to come.

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