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Labour Fightback

CUPW needs a pro-defiance leadership

postal workers strikeThis week, delegates arrive for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ 2019 convention in Toronto. Postal workers will be deciding the direction of the union after yet again being legislated back to work. Sadly, a huge opportunity to defy this legislation was missed in 2018. The union needs to elect a leadership that is vocally critical of the lack of defiance last year, and is committed to defy in the future.

Windsor Assembly Plant shift closure: Nationalization the only way to protect jobs

fca eliminates third shiftFiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced on March 28 that they will be eliminating a third shift at the Windsor Assembly Plant supposedly due to low sales of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, one of two vehicles manufactured at the plant along with the Dodge Grand Caravan. The reduction to two shifts, which is set to take effect on Sept. 30, 2019, would mean the elimination of 1,500 jobs and hundreds of others at local feeder plants.

Ontario Federation of Labour Launches Campaign to Fight Doug Ford, But Direction Unclear

On Monday, March 26th, 800 labour leaders and activists from across the province gathered at the OFL’s Power of Many conference to discuss how to defeat the anti-worker Doug Ford regime. The OFL leadership’s decision to organize this conference and to launch a broader campaign through it is a welcome development in the fightback against Ford’s austerity agenda. It does raise important questions, however, about what the end goal of such a campaign should be, as well as of how we get there.

Saskatoon Co-op strike: Down with two-tiered contracts!

Picket Line at Saskatoon Co-op gas bar (Photo Credit: Jennifer Quesnel/CBC)The Saskatoon Co-op strike by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400 is now in its fifth month. After talks between the company and the union broke down on Feb. 11, UFCW Local 1400 called for binding arbitration to resolve the strike. As of this writing, Saskatoon Co-op has not responded to the offer.

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