Workers Issues in Canada

British Columbia teachers’ union seeks to scuttle strike

By Keith Jones, 12 September 2014

The BC Teachers’ Federation wants to scuttle the thirteen week-old strike by British Columbia’s 41,000 public school teachers without any of the teachers’ demands having been met.

Canada: BC government escalates attack on striking teachers

By Keith Jones, 9 September 2014

The teachers are fighting to defend public education, which has been ravaged by budget cuts, even as the government increases funding for private schools and cuts corporate taxes.

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2 September 2014

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British Columbia teachers’ strike in danger

By Keith Jones, 30 August 2014

The political and business elite have stepped up their campaign to impose a “settlement” that ensures BC schools remain chronically under-funded and short-staffed.

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26 August 2014

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Quebec’s Bill 3 targets municipal worker pensions

By Louis Girard and Laurent Lafrance, 25 August 2014

Under the pretext of fighting pension plan deficits, the Couillard government is introducing various means to drastically cut the pay and pension checks of municipal workers.

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29 July 2014

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Ontario’s union-backed government to accelerate austerity drive

By Carl Bronski, 3 July 2014

Re-elected with union support, Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne has vowed to impose years of concessionary contracts on public sector workers.

Canada: Truckers and rail workers face antistrike laws

By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2014

British Columbia’s Liberal government has introduced legislation to criminalize a strike by truckers at the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port facility.

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11 March 2014

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Ontario Conservatives renew push for labor “reform”

By Carl Bronski, 20 February 2014

The unions have responded to the threat of US-style “right-to-work” laws by appealing to big business to recognize the pivotal role they play in policing the working class.

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11 February 2014

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Canada Post to end home mail delivery, slash pensions

By Carl Bronski, 30 December 2013

With the full support of the federal Conservative government, Canada Post is slashing mail delivery and mounting a frontal assault on postal workers’ terms of employment.

Canada’s elite eulogizes union boss Jack Munro

By Carl Bronski, 22 November 2013

Munro is best remembered for his role in scuttling a mass mobilization of hundreds of thousands of workers in British Columbia in 1983 that threatened to bring down the right-wing government of Premier Bill Bennett.

Ontario: The EllisDon affair, worker rights, and the political charades at Queen’s Park

By Carl Bronski, 14 September 2013

A leaked email from a leading Conservative legislator reveals that the party fronted an anti-worker law in exchange for donations from the construction firm that stands to benefit.

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6 August 2013

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Canada: US Steel forces locked-out workers to vote on concessions contract

By Carl Bronski, 29 July 2013

Nearly 1,000 workers have been locked out for three months at US Steel's Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario.

Canada: New police state measure targets foreign workers

By Dylan Lubao, 1 July 2013

Canada’s Conservative government has enacted draconian policing measures against temporary foreign workers in a political climate of anti-immigrant chauvinism.

Quebec to criminalize two week-old construction strike

By Keith Jones, 1 July 2013

Quebec’s Parti Quebecois government called the provincial legislature into special session Sunday morning to adopt emergency legislation illegalizing a two-week-old strike by 77,000 construction workers.

Quebec: Construction worker strike in grave danger

By Laurent Lafrance, 29 June 2013

Quebec’s construction unions have forced the majority members back to work, without allowing them a vote on the contracts negotiated in their name.

Striking Quebec construction workers speak out

By a WSWS reporting team, 22 June 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with some of the 175,000 striking Quebec construction workers about the issues in their struggle, including big business’ plans to have their hirelings in the Quebec legislature illegalize the strike.

Quebec government threatens to criminalize province-wide construction strike

By Keith Jones, 21 June 2013

Bowing to Parti Québecois government threats, leaders of the Construction Union Alliance announced yesterday that they will resume contract negotiations with Quebec’s building contractors and work with them to quickly end a five day-old province-wide construction strike.

Quebec: 175,000 construction workers mount province-wide strike

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 June 2013

Workers in all sectors of Quebec's construction industry launched an unlimited strike Monday, paralyzing billions of dollars’ worth of building projects across the province.

Elevator companies invoke anti-worker law in bid to break Ontario strike

By Carl Bronski, 14 June 2013

The bargaining representative of Canada’s major elevator companies has invoked an anti-democratic provision in provincial labour law to force many of Ontario’s striking elevator technicians back to work.

Canada: U.S. Steel lockout in seventh week

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 June 2013

Nearly 1,000 workers at U.S. Steel’s Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ontario have been locked out since April 28.

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11 June 2013

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28 May 2013

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21 May 2013

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Ontario elevator technicians continue strike action

By Carl Bronski and Lee Parsons, 20 May 2013

Elevator technicians across Ontario are entering their fourth week on strike against transnational elevator companies Otis, KONE, Schindler and ThyssenKrupp

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7 May 2013

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US Steel locks out 1,000 workers in Nanticoke, Ontario

By Carl Bronski, 4 May 2013

Nearly 1,000 steelworkers were locked out at US Steel’s Lake Erie plant after they rejected the company’s final contract offer.

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30 April 2013

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23 April 2013

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16 April 2013

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9 April 2013

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2 April 2013

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26 March 2013

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19 March 2013

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12 March 2013

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26 February 2013

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Ontario NDP and unions support Liberal austerity policies

By Carl Bronski, 23 February 2013

With the unions’ full support, the NDP will vote for Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s maiden Throne Speech, which pledged to extend and deepen the big business austerity measures of her predecessor.

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19 February 2013

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Canadian Auto Workers union reopens CAMI-GM contract

By Carl Bronski, 13 February 2013

The Canadian Auto Workers union has pressured workers at the CAMI-GM assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to reopen their contract so as to impose further concessions.

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12 February 2013

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29 January 2013

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Ontario unions stage protest as cover for facilitating Liberals’ austerity agenda

By Carl Bronski, 28 January 2013

Over 15,000 workers attended a rally in Toronto Saturday called by the Ontario Federation of Labour to protest the austerity measures and attacks on democratic rights implemented by the provincial Liberal government

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22 January 2013

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15 January 2013

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Canadian unions’ chauvinist campaign against “temporary foreign worker” expansion

By Vic Neufeld, 12 January 2013

A union-instigated law suit is challenging a government decision to allow a mining company to import two hundred Chinese workers.

Ontario government threatens teachers with fines in bid to thwart walkout

By Carl Bronski, 11 January 2013

Ontario’s Liberal government has urged the province’s Labour Relations Board to declare the one-day walkout by 76,000 teachers planned for today illegal.

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27 December 2012

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27 November 2012

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20 November 2012

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Ontario teachers’ unions seek concessions deal

By Carl Bronski, 8 November 2012

The union of Ontario public teachers has postponed limited job action in protest of legislation that imposes wage cuts and other concessions.

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6 November 2012

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30 October 2012

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9 October 2012

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2 October 2012

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25 September 2012

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18 September 2012

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11 September 2012

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28 August 2012

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14 August 2012

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31 July 2012

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Newfoundland wildcat strikers return to work

By Carl Bronski, 18 July 2012

More than 1,000 striking building trades workers returned to work Tuesday morning after a court-issued order to arrest anyone found on a picket line.

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17 July 2012

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12 June 2012

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Canadian government rams through anti-strike law against railway workers

By Carl Bronski, 31 May 2012

The Conservative government has rammed through back-to-work legislation to outlaw an eight day strike by 4,800 locomotive engineers and conductors at Canadian Pacific Railway.

Canadian government moves to outlaw railway strike

By Carl Bronski, 29 May 2012

The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper introduced back-to-work legislation Monday afternoon to illegalize a nation-wide strike by Canadian Pacific (CP) railway engineers and conductors.

Canadian Pacific railway workers strike

By Carl Bronski, 24 May 2012

Within hours of the walkout by 4,800 railway workers, Conservative Labour Minister Lisa Raitt gave notice that she intended to table back-to-work legislation.

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22 May 2012

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Air Canada pushes Aveos into bankruptcy, eliminating 2,600 jobs

By Laurent Lafrance, 12 May 2012

Having mounted only a token campaign against the closure of the airplane maintenance company Aveos, the machinists’ union is working alongside the Quebec Liberal government to find a buyer to relaunch the company at its members’ expense.

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8 May 2012

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A lesson for autoworkers: The short lived Windsor, Ontario Dakkota strike

By Carl Bronski, 4 May 2012

Having quickly scuttled a strike at a Chrysler supplier, Canadian Auto Workers officials are pledging to do more to win Chrysler’s “confidence”.

Ontario NDP enables savage austerity budget

By Carl Bronski, 30 April 2012

With the backing of the unions, the Ontario NDP has ensured passage of a Liberal austerity budget that attacks public services, jobs, worker living standards, and pensions.

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24 April 2012

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Bosses, media braying for new assault on Canadian auto workers

By Carl Bronski, 17 April 2012

The auto bosses and corporate media are trumpeting a think tank report that urges auto workers’ wages be cut by a further $10 per hour.

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17 April 2012

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Wildcat strike at Air Canada outrages and unnerves ruling elite

By Carl Bronski, 30 March 2012

Canada’s most influential newspaper has published an editorial fulminating against last week’s wildcat strike at Air Canada and demanding stern action be taken against workers who “hand-clapped” the country’s Labour Minister.

British Columbia criminalizes teachers’ strike to force through wage cut

By Vic Neufeld, 28 March 2012

Recent events in British Columbia have exposed not only the provincial Liberal government’s vicious assault on worker rights, but also the role of the unions and New Democratic Party in demobilizing resistance to the attack on living standards and quality education.

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27 March 2012

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