Workers Issues in Canada

Canadian election: Militarism and reaction dominate foreign policy debate

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 September 2015

The leaders of Canada’s three main parties used Monday’s foreign policy debate to stake their claim as the most capable and determined defenders of Canadian imperialism.

Strong support from Canadian Fiat Chrysler workers for an international struggle

By Jerry White, 24 August 2015

A campaign team distributed the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter to FCA workers in Brampton, Ontario.

WSWS campaigns for unity of US and Canadian autoworkers

By Jerry White, 22 August 2015

A World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter reporting team spoke to workers at the General Motors plant in Ontario about the need for an international strategy for autoworkers to fight for jobs and wages.

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015

As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.

Canada: Unions join Liberals, NDP in “Anybody but Conservative” campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Roger Jordan, 23 July 2015

The collaboration between high-level NDP, Liberal and trade union operatives highlights the preparations for a possible coalition government after this October’s federal election.

Canada: Ontario Liberals orchestrate outlawing of teacher strikes

By Carl Bronski, 28 May 2015

While the government claims it is acting to save students’ school year, its real aim is to push through social spending cuts and impose concessionary contracts on teachers.

Unions reaffirm ties to Parti Québécois as it prepares to anoint arch-right winger

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 May 2015

The installation of Pierre-Karl Péladeau as leader of the Parti Québécois will represent a further rightward lurch on the part of the big business, pro-Quebec independence party.

Canada’s Conservatives pledge more austerity and war

By Keith Jones, 24 April 2015

Tuesday’s federal budget is a blueprint for dismantling public services, redistributing wealth to the most privileged, and expanding the military and national-security apparatus.

Unifor Canada preparing to collaborate in slashing auto workers’ pensions

By Carl Bronski, 21 April 2015

Unifor is willing to surrender the last remnants of a defined-benefit pension plan for newly hired workers at the Big Three automakers in Canada.

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Quebec Liberals respond to student anti-austerity strike with repression and threats

By Keith Jones, 26 March 2015

The greatest fear and concern of the Canadian ruling class is that the student protests could trigger an eruption of mass working-class struggle.

Canadian oil workers laid off without warning

By Roger Jordan, 19 March 2015

One thousand oil construction workers were fired from their jobs at a remote site in Alberta last week.

Toronto: University strikers denounce union officials

By Carl Bronski, 12 March 2015

Striking education workers at Toronto’s York University have roundly rejected tentative contracts the union had hailed as “historic.”

Toronto university strikes: OFL head conceals unions’ support for Liberals

By Carl Bronski, 9 March 2015

Ontario Federation of Labour head Sid Ryan masqueraded as an opponent of Ontario’s Liberal government at rallies to support 10,000 workers at Toronto’s two main universities.

Unions demobilize Canadian railway workers

By Carl Bronski, 26 February 2015

Unifor reached a pact with CN Rail late Monday evening under threat of a management lockout of 4,800 safety inspectors and rail maintenance workers and Conservative government intervention.

United Steelworkers reaffirm support for big business Parti Quebecois

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 February 2015

The United Steelworkers union is championing Martine Ouellet’s bid to win the leadership of the Parti Quebecois—a pro-austerity big business party.

Citing government threats, Teamsters suppress Canadian Pacific rail strike

By Carl Bronski, 17 February 2015

The Teamsters union capitulated to the Conservative government’s threat of strikebreaking legislation and ordered an end to the strike little more than 36 hours after it began.

Obama administration intervenes against West Coast dock workers

By Jerry White, 16 February 2015

The White House is intervening entirely on behalf of the shipping and terminal owners and, more generally, the corporate and financial elite in the US.

Harper government to criminalize Canadian Pacific railway strike

By Carl Bronski, 16 February 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce legislation today outlawing a two-day-old strike by 3,300 CP Rail workers.

Canadian prime minister praises troops as military clashes escalate in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 2 February 2015

The growing involvement of Canada’s armed forces in ground combat makes a mockery of the government’s claim that the deployment in Iraq is purely a training and assistance mission.

Target CEO’s “golden parachute” exceeds total severance for 17,600 Canadian workers

By Carl Bronski, 31 January 2015

Steinhafel was forced by Target’s Board of Directors to resign after he had spearheaded the expansion of Target stores into Canada, which turned into a fiasco.

Mass job losses unfold in global oil industry

By Gabriel Black, 26 January 2015

Several major oil service companies announced that they would cut significant sections of their workforce, leading to tens of thousands of new layoffs.

Media magnate Péladeau seeks Parti Québécois leadership

By Laurent Lafrance, 20 January 2015

Presenting himself as the “sovereignty candidate,” Péladeau is focusing his campaign around the claim that independence is the best vehicle for the Quebec ruling class to enrich itself.

Oil price plummet roils Canadian economy

By Dylan Lubao, 31 December 2014

Plummeting oil prices are causing Alberta and several other provinces to initiate new austerity drives and Canadian oil producers to slash investments and jobs.

Social inequality in Canada far higher than official statistics claim

By Laurent Lafrance, 8 December 2014

The share of Canada’s national income going to the top 1 percent is 13.3 percent once private corporation income is included.

Death of 15-year-old exposes growing use of child labour by Canadian employers

By Ashley Tseng, 26 November 2014

The fatality at an Alberta gravel-crushing site has exposed the myth that child labour is a problem only in the developing world.

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Canada’s government tables bill to expand intelligence agency powers

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 28 October 2014

Canada’s Conservative government tabled legislation yesterday to significantly strengthen the powers of the CSIS.

CLC president helped scuttle BC teachers’ strike

By Carl Bronski, 11 October 2014

Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff intervened to shut down the militant strike British Columbia teachers were mounting in defence of public education.

Canada’s government engaged in mass surveillance of protest groups

By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2014

A federal government “emergency response” centre has been systematically collecting information on demonstrations and other protest events.

No to the Quebec Liberals’ Bill 3!

For a working class counteroffensive to defend pensions and public services!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 24 September 2014

The fight to defend the pensions of Quebec’s municipal workers must become the starting point of a broad working class counteroffensive against the whole ruling class austerity program.

Quebec: Mass protest against gutting of municipal workers’ pensions

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 September 2014

More than 50,000 municipal workers and their supporters marched in Montreal on Saturday.

BC teachers union endorses austerity contract

By Keith Jones, 18 September 2014

The British Columbia Teachers Federation is seeking to scuttle the militant strike the province’s teachers have mounted since mid-June.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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