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9 October 2012

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31 July 2012

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24 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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3 July 2012

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26 June 2012

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19 June 2012

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12 June 2012

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5 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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15 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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10 April 2012

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3 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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28 February 2012

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14 February 2012

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Toronto municipal union accepts Mayor Ford’s layoff and privatization-promoting contract

By Carl Bronski, 10 February 2012

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has accepted a “framework” contract for outside municipal workers that includes virtually every item on the Toronto mayor’s concessionary agenda—beginning with the gutting of job security.

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31 January 2012

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The unions and the lockouts at Cooper Tire and Caterpillar

By Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2012

As the lockouts of Cooper Tire workers in Ohio and Caterpillar workers in Ontario enter their ninth and fourth weeks, the unions are working deliberately to isolate the struggles and ensure defeat.

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24 January 2012

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Some hard truths about the unions’ “Day of Action” for Ontario Electro-Motive workers

By Keith Jones, 21 January 2012

Almost exactly one year ago, union and NDP leaders gave fiery speeches at a “Day of Action” organized to support locked-out US Steel workers in Hamilton, Ontario. They then systematically isolated the steelworkers’ struggle, ultimately imposing a concessions-laden contract on them.

Quebec: Lockout of workers at Rio Tinto Alcan smelter in third week

By Eric Marquis, 17 January 2012

Rio Tinto Alcan, the world’s largest producer of aluminum, has locked out 750 workers at its Alma, Quebec smelter since December 31.

The way forward for locked-out Ontario Electro-Motive workers

By Carl Bronski, 17 January 2012

While workers at the London, Ontario Electro-Motive plant are steadfastly resisting sweeping concession demands, including a 55 percent wage cut, the CAW has signaled to the company it is ready to negotiate a concessions-laden contract.

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17 January 2012

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10 January 2012

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US, Canadian workers locked out for opposing wage cuts

By Andre Damon, 7 January 2012

The new year begins with major industrial lockouts in Ontario, Quebec and Ohio.

London, Ontario locomotive workers in showdown with Caterpillar

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2012

Caterpillar locked out 425 employees at its Electro-Motive Diesel locomotive assembly plant in London, Ontario January 1, after workers refused to accept the company’s demand that wages and benefits be cut by more than half.

Seeking US-style wage cuts

Caterpillar locks out Canadian workers

By Carl Bronski, 4 January 2012

Caterpillar locked out 425 workers at a London, Ontario locomotive plant after they rejected a more than 50 percent wage cut.

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27 December 2011

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20 December 2011

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Canadian government drops lawsuit against U.S. Steel

By Carl Bronski, 17 December 2011

Canada’s Conservative government has abandoned a lawsuit that would have imposed modest financial penalties on U.S. Steel for laying off thousands of workers at its Ontario mills in violation of guarantees the company gave in 2007.

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13 December 2011

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6 December 2011

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29 November 2011

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22 November 2011

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15 November 2011

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8 November 2011

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Canada: Steelworkers union imposes pension cuts to end Hamilton lockout

By Carl Bronski, 28 October 2011

US Steel has lifted an eleven-month lockout at its Hamilton, Ontario complex, after the United Steelworkers union forced through a contract imposing sweeping concessions.

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25 October 2011

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11 October 2011

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4 October 2011

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27 September 2011

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Canada’s Conservatives invoke back-to-work legislation to help airline extort concessions

By Keith Jones, 21 September 2011

Bowing before the government’s threat to introduce strikebreaking legislation, the Canadian Union of Public Employees announced Tuesday afternoon that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with Air Canada covering 6,800 flight attendants.

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20 September 2011

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13 September 2011

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30 August 2011

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23 August 2011

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16 August 2011

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2 August 2011

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19 July 2011

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12 July 2011

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The criminalization of the Canadian postal strike and the role of the unions and NDP

By Keith Jones, 1 July 2011

The surrender of Canada’s unions and their political allies in the New Democratic Party to the Conservative government’s criminalization of the anti-concession struggle waged by the 48,000 Canada Post workers raises critical question for all workers.

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28 June 2011

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Trade union-based NDP facilitates passage of striking-breaking law

By Keith Jones, 27 June 2011

The trade union-based New Democratic Party has facilitated passage of a savage strikebreaking law that criminalizes all job action by the country’s 48,000 urban postal workers and ensures sweeping contract concessions will be imposed upon them.

Canadian postal union to bow before strike-breaking law

By Carl Bronski, 22 June 2011

Postal union leaders have signaled that they will order almost 50,000 urban postal workers to cease all job action and return to work just as soon as Canada’s Conservative government rams a patently anti-democratic strike-breaking law through parliament.

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21 June 2011

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Canadian unions move to suppress strikes and impose concessions

By Keith Jones, 18 June 2011

Bowing before the Conservative government, the trade unions and trade union-supported New Democratic Party have moved to shut down national anti-concession strikes at Air Canada and Canada Post.

Canada Post workers speak out on strike-lockout and Conservative-backed concessions drive

By the a WSWS reporting team, 17 June 2011

Postal workers on the picket lines in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on their struggle.

Canada’s Conservative government to criminalize postal strike

By Carl Bronski and Keith Jones, 16 June 2011

Canada’s Conservative government has lost no time in using the lockout that government-owned Canada Post imposed Tuesday night as a pretext to strip postal workers of their legal right to resist sweeping concession demands.

Canada’s Conservative government to adopt law illegalizing airline workers’ strike

By Keith Jones, 15 June 2011

Only hours after 3,800 Air Canada customer service agents and call centre workers walked off the job to oppose their employer’s demands for sweeping contract concessions, Canada’s Conservative government served notice that it will introduce legislation as early as this Thursday to illegalize and criminalize their job action.

Video: Canada Post strikers in Windsor speak on their struggle

15 June 2011

After seven months of negotiations ended on June 3rd, Canadian postal workers have been engaging in selected one-day walkouts, as directed by the CUPW leadership. This Monday was Windsor workers turn. WSWS reporters visited picket lines in that city.

Letter of solidarity from US mail carrier to Canada Post strikers

15 June 2011

The following letter on the Canada Post strike was sent by a 24-year-veteran mail carrier in the United States Postal Service.

Canada Post workers walk out in Windsor

“It’s not just us, it’s everywhere”

By Shannon Jones, 14 June 2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) continued its policy of rotating strikes with one-day walkouts in 10 cities on Monday.

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14 June 2011

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Canada Post imposes partial lockout on 48,000 workers

By Carl Bronski, 13 June 2011

The federal government-owned Canada Post Corporation is imposing a partial lockout of 48,000 letter carriers, mail sorters, postal station clerks, and mail truck drivers—the latest in a series of provocations aimed at imposing sweeping contract concessions.

Striking Canadian postal worker:

“We are fighting for everyone to be equal”

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 June 2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is persisting with its strategy of rolling localized one-day walkouts, even though government-owned Canada Post is aggressively attacking the 45,000 mail-sorters, letter carriers and truck drivers.

Canadian postal union limits worker resistance to isolated walkouts

By Carl Bronski, 8 June 2011

Localized, rotating strikes by Canadian postal sorters and letter carriers have now extended into a sixth day. But the post office, encouraged by the union’s refusal to launch an all-out strike, continues to demand sweeping concessions.

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7 June 2011

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Canadian postal workers approach strike deadline

By Carl Bronski, 2 June 2011

After seven months of bargaining, 48,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) will be in a legal position to go on strike Thursday night.

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24 May 2011

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17 May 2011

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10 May 2011

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26 April 2011

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19 April 2011

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12 April 2011

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5 April 2011

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29 March 2011

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22 March 2011

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15 March 2011

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Ontario to strip Toronto transit workers of right to strike

By Carl Bronski, 10 March 2011

Ontario labour leaders have signaled that no serious resistance will be organized to a bill, now being rushed through the provincial legislature, that would strip Toronto transit workers of the right to strike.