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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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14 December 2010

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7 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.

A letter from a Canadian telecom worker on the unions

14 September 2010

The World Socialist Web Site received the following letter from a Canadian telecommunications worker in response to “Canada: How to fight the CAW’s backroom deals,” published September 9, 2010.

Quebec: Rash of suicides linked to nurses’ deplorable working conditions

By Éric Marquis, 6 September 2010

Nurses at Quebec City’s premier hospital have linked a rash of suicides among their colleagues to the psychological toll taken by a heavy workload. While management disputes the claim, it is common knowledge that across Quebec nurses must contend with inadequate resources, short-staffing and forced overtime.

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24 August 2010

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Ontario Liberals push wage freeze scheme

By Carl Bronski, 28 July 2010

Ontario’s Liberal finance minister summoned provincial public service union leaders to a meeting this week to demand that the labour bureaucrats accept an across-the-board wage freeze for some 710,000 unionized workers.

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27 July 2010

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Ontario Liberals push wage freeze scheme

By Carl Bronski, 24 July 2010

Ontario Liberal Finance Minister Dwight Duncan summoned provincial public service union leaders to a meeting this week to demand that the labour bureaucrats acquiesce to an across-the-board wage freeze for some 710,000 unionized workers.

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20 July 2010

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13 July 2010

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Steelworkers union forces end to year-long Vale-Inco strike

By Keith Jones, 12 July 2010

After a year on the picket line, thirty-three hundred Vale-Inco nickel miners and ancillary workers in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario have grudgingly accepted a concessions-laden contract recommended by the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

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6 July 2010

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29 June 2010

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8 June 2010

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1 June 2010

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Vale Inco strikers and supporters in Sudbury, Ontario speak

26 May 2010

3,300 nickel miners, smelter and mill workers have been on strike in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario for over ten months against the concession demands of Brazilian based transnational mining giant Vale Inco.

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25 May 2010

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New company, court attack on Vale Inco strikers

By Carl Bronski, 22 May 2010

Six striking Vale Inco workers and a United Steelworkers Local 6500 vice president were summoned to Superior Court in Sudbury last Monday to face criminal contempt charges for allegedly violating a court injunction. World Socialist Web Site reporters attended the proceedings.

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18 May 2010

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Steelworkers officials dismantle blockade at Vale Inco

By Carl Bronski, 14 May 2010

United Steelworkers union officials dispersed a burgeoning rank-and-file protest at entrances to Vale Inco’s Clarabelle Mill and Coleman Mine in Sudbury, Ontario Wednesday—the day before the strike entered its eleventh month.

Lockout at the Journal de Montreal approaching 475th day

By Laurent Lafrance, 7 May 2010

Owned by Quebecor Media, one of Canada’s largest media conglomerates, the Journal de Montreal has imposed an almost 500-day-long lockout in a bid to extort sweeping contract concessions.

Canada: No concessions strike against Vale Inco in jeopardy

By Carl Bronski, 6 May 2010

The Vale Inco workers’ militant anti-concessions strike is now at a crossroads. If the strike continues under the political and organizational leadership of the United Steelworkers union, it will be strangled and defeated.

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27 April 2010

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Canada: Vale-Inco strike now longest in Sudbury Basin history

By Carl Bronski, 15 April 2010

As the strike at Vale Inco’s Sudbury mine and smelter operations enters its tenth month, the transnational mining conglomerate is stepping up its scabbing operation.

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13 April 2010

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6 April 2010

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Quebec public sector workers protest government concessions drive

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 March 2010

More than 75,000 Quebec public sector workers and their supporters marched through downtown Montreal last Saturday to protest against the provincial Liberal government’s concession demands.

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9 March 2010

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Canada: Sudbury miners’ strike enters eighth month

By Carl Bronski, 5 March 2010

Vale Inco anticipates that its steadily escalating scabbing operation at the giant Sudbury mining complex and the growing impoverishment of the thousands of striking workers will induce the union to acquiesce to its concession demands.

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23 February 2010

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9 February 2010

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2 February 2010

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19 January 2010

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12 January 2010

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5 January 2010

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29 December 2009

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22 December 2009

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15 December 2009

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8 December 2009

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1 December 2009

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17 November 2009

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10 November 2009

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Anxious to thwart cross-border struggle

CAW rams through concessions at Ford Canada

By Keith Jones, 3 November 2009

Fearing the impact that the resistance of US Ford workers would have on workers in Canada, the CAW leadership hastened to conclude the terms of its latest surrender with the Detroit-based auto maker.

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3 November 2009

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Canada: Vale Inco continues provocations against Steelworkers

By Carl Bronski, 31 October 2009

Management at Vale Inco’s mine, mill and smelting complex in Sudbury, Ontario are expanding their attempts to restart production in a bid to break a 110-day-old strike against the company’s rapacious concession demands.

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27 October 2009

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20 October 2009

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6 October 2009

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Canadian Auto Workers offers concessions to Ford

By Carl Bronski, 22 September 2009

Negotiations between the Canadian Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company of Canada are set to re-start at the end of September after initial talks between the two broke down earlier this month. The company has demanded that the union re-open its 2008 contract in order to impose concessions.

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22 September 2009

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15 September 2009

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Vale Inco strike: Labour bureaucrats promote nationalism

By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2009

As the strike at mining giant Vale Inco enters its ninth week, union leaders continue to promote the illusion that the attacks launched by the transnational corporation on the 3,300 striking workers is due to the fact that the company is headquartered in Brazil.

Interview with striking Vale Inco workers

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 10 September 2009

The WSWS interviewed striking Vale Inco workers in Port Colborne, Ontario, on Tuesday.

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8 September 2009

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Canada: Vale Inco unveils strikebreaking operation

By Carl Bronski, 1 September 2009

As 3,100 striking miners in Sudbury, Ontario enter their eighth week on the picket lines, mining giant Vale Inco has announced plans to resume production in what would be an unprecedented strikebreaking campaign.

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1 September 2009

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18 August 2009

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4 August 2009

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Toronto city workers no-concession struggle in danger

By Keith Jones, 29 July 2009

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has moved to shut down a five week “no concessions” strike by 24,000 City of Toronto inside and outside municipal workers.

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28 July 2009

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“The union is not being responsible to its members”

Interviews with striking Toronto municipal workers

By a WSWS reporting team, 27 July 2009

As the strike has progressed, more and more workers have rejected their leadership’s gag order and spoken out, sometimes quite bitterly, about their experiences on the picket line.

CUPE leadership isolating Toronto city workers’ strike

By Carl Bronski, 27 July 2009

As the bitter strike by 24,000 Toronto municipal workers enters its sixth week, there is a growing disquiet amongst the membership.

Canada: Windsor city workers strike betrayed

By David Walsh, 27 July 2009

The 1,800 municipal workers in Windsor, Ontario, on strike for 101 days, were betrayed by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and the entire union apparatus in Ontario and Canada.

Windsor, Ontario city workers strike

Reject the concessions contract!

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 24 July 2009

Windsor municipal workers should reject the tentative agreement that has been reached. Everything points to the fact that the Canadian Union of Public Employees has dropped the central issue in the strike: post-retirement benefits for new hires.

Canada: Worker resistance must be armed with a socialist strategy

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 22 July 2009

The Toronto and Windsor city worker strikes are part of growing working class resistance to big business’ drive to make the working class pay for the crisis of the profit system. But if this resistance is to not to be contained and derailed by the unions and NDP workers must draw far-reaching conclusions from the bitter reversals they have suffered over the past three decades.

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21 July 2009

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Quebec: La presse editorialist denounces Quebecers as “selfish”

By Louis Girard, 18 July 2009

The Quebec bourgeoisie and its propagandists are raising a hue and a cry over the Quebec government’s rapidly deteriorating fiscal position so as to prepare the political and ideological ground for the levelling of what remains of the welfare state.

Canada: Windsor municipal workers reject new concessions contract

By David Walsh, 18 July 2009

Windsor, Ontario municipal workers, on strike since mid-April, overwhelmingly rejected the city’s “final offer” in voting July 16.

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14 July 2009

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