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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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Canada Post strike:

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.

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8 March 2011

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22 February 2011

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15 February 2011

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Toronto announces privatization of municipal workforce

By Carl Bronski, 12 February 2011

Big business in Toronto and the new rightwing populist administration at city hall are preparing for an all-out confrontation with municipal workers, aimed at imposing concessions and job cuts and at facilitating the dismantling of public services.

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8 February 2011

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Quebec: Shutdown of Electrolux plant threatens 1,300 jobs

By Laurent Lafrance, 7 February 2011

Having vowed in 2008 to slash 3,000 jobs from a worldwide workforce of 57,000, the Swedish-based appliance manufacturer Electrolux recently announced the impending closure of its factory located near Montreal and its relocation to Tennessee.

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2 February 2011

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Canada: Mass rally in support of locked-out US Steel workers

By Carl Bronski, 31 January 2011

Ten thousand people marched through downtown Hamilton, Ontario last Saturday to show their support for 900 workers who have been locked out for 11 weeks by US Steel at the (former Stelco) Hilton Works complex.

Canada: Steelworkers struggle at a crossroads

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 31 January 2011

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (Canada) distributed a statement at last Saturday’s march in Hamilton, Ontario called in support of the 900 locked-out US Steel workers and their struggle to uphold the right to a decent pension.

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25 January 2011

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18 January 2011

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Newfoundland inquiry issues report on year-and-a-half long Voisey’s Bay strike

By Carl Bronski, 13 January 2011

An industrial inquiry struck by the Conservative provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador issued its first set of non-binding recommendations last week in an effort to resolve a 17 month-long strike at the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine in Northern Labrador. The mine, owned by the Brazilian transnational Vale S.A., sits on one of the richest nickel ore deposits in the world.

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11 January 2011

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Quebec’s Alliance Sociale: An instrument for defending the union bureaucracy’s privileges

By Laurent Lafrance, 7 January 2011

Through their Alliance Sociale, the unions are appealing to the big business Liberals and PQ to spurn the mounting calls from business and the press for the marginalization of the union officialdom.

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4 January 2011

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28 December 2010

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21 December 2010

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30 November 2010

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23 November 2010

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US Steel locks out Hamilton, Ontario workers

By Carl Bronski, 20 November 2010

US Steel’s wholesale attack on its Hamilton workers’ retirement plan is part of an employer offensive that has seen companies across Canada gut pension plans that were won through decades of struggle.

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16 November 2010

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9 November 2010

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2 November 2010

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26 October 2010

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Journal de Montréal workers reject union surrender

By Laurent Lafrance, 21 October 2010

Locked out for the past 21 months, workers at the Journal de Montréal voted by 89.3 percent last week to reject a proposed “settlement” that called for the elimination of four of every five jobs and numerous other draconian concessions.

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19 October 2010

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12 October 2010

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28 September 2010

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21 September 2010

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Steelworkers union isolates locked out Sears Canada workers

By Carl Bronski, 16 September 2010

Five hundred warehouse workers, fighting to oppose concession demands by Sears Canada, have been locked out since April 1.

Sears Canada workers speak

By a WSWS reporting team, 16 September 2010

Workers at the Sears Distribution Center in Vaughn, Ontario who have been locked out for more than six months recently spoke with the WSWS.