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By , 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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By , 20 July 2010

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By , 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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By , 6 July 2010

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Vale Inco strikers and supporters in Sudbury, Ontario speak

By , 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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By , 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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By , 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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By , 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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By , 13 April 2010

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By , 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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By , 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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By , 23 February 2010

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By , 29 December 2009

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By , 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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By , 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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By , 27 October 2009

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By , 20 October 2009

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By , 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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By , 22 September 2009

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By , 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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By , 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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By , 1 September 2009

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By , 18 August 2009

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By , 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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By , 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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By , 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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By , 14 July 2009

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Canada: After strike ends, wholesale layoffs at Hamilton’s National Steel Car

By Carl Bronski, 11 July 2009

Only a week after workers at National Steel Car’s Hamilton plant were pressured by their union into ending a three month strike and accepting a concessions-filled contract, the company announced that it is laying off the entire 650-strong workforce until new orders can be secured.

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By , 7 July 2009

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Toronto mayor risks public’s health in city workers strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 4 July 2009

Angry residents of the working-class neighbourhood of Christie Pits in west-central Toronto have filed an official complaint with the Ontario government charging that the city administration is violating its own safety regulations in its campaign against striking municipal workers.

What is behind the media’s venomous attack on striking Toronto city workers

By Keith Jones, 30 June 2009

The corporate dailies have never been known for their sympathy for workers’ struggles. But the press campaign against the striking City of Toronto workers is nonetheless extraordinary for its ferocity and brazen hypocrisy.

Striking Toronto city workers: management is “after everything”

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 June 2009

Twenty-four thousand City of Toronto inside and outside workers are resisting a concerted drive on the part of the economic and political elite of Canada’s wealthiest city to impose major contract concessions.

Municipal workers resist concession demands in Windsor, Ontario

By Jerry White, 25 June 2009

Eighteen hundred city workers in Windsor, Ontario, have entered their 11th week on strike.

Toronto city workers strike against sweeping concession demands

By Keith Jones, 23 June 2009

More than 24,000 Toronto municipal workers launched strike action shortly after midnight Sunday to oppose the city’s sweeping concession demands.

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By , 23 June 2009

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By , 16 June 2009

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Striking city workers hold rally in Windsor, Ontario

By Joe Kishore, 15 June 2009

Striking city workers in Windsor, Ontario held a rally last week. D’Artagnan Collier, SEP candidate for mayor in nearby Detroit, Michigan, visited the strikers, calling for the unity of the Canadian and American working class.

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By , 9 June 2009

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By , 28 April 2009

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Thousands rally in Toronto against Liberals’ rescinding of pension guarantee

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 April 2009

Thousands rallied at the Ontario legislature Thursday afternoon to protest the Ontario Liberal government’s reneging on a three-decades-old guarantee to protect retirees’ pensions in the event their former employer went bankrupt.

Defend pensions, jobs, and wages! No concessions!

Auto workers need a socialist strategy

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 23 April 2009

The nationalist, pro-capitalist Canadian Auto Workers union has led auto workers into an impasse. To defend their jobs, wages and pensions, auto workers in Canada, no less than in the US, need a radically new strategy that involves a change in the activity, politics and philosophy of the labor movement.

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By , 21 April 2009

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Reject CAW sellout at Chrysler! Mobilize autoworkers across North America to defend all jobs and oppose all concessions!

By Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 27 March 2009

If Chrysler workers are not to be blackmailed into paying for the losses of the Detroit Three, they must reject the nationalist and pro-capitalist perspective of the CAW and fight to mobilize the strength of autoworkers across North America in a struggle against all concessions, layoffs and plant closures.

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By , 24 March 2009

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Oppose Canadian Auto Workers surrender to GM

Fight all concessions and job cuts!

By Keith Jones, 10 March 2009

The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union is joining hands with the Detroit Three, Canada’s hard-right Conservative government and the Ontario Liberal regime of Dalton McGuinty to impose further massive contract concessions and job cuts on autoworkers.

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By , 10 March 2009

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Canada: CAW vows to match UAW concessions to automakers

By Carl Bronski, 25 February 2009

Following in the footsteps of the US government, Canada’s Conservative government is making any aid to the automakers conditional on the companies reducing their labour costs to those of the non-union Asian transplants operating in the US South.

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By , 17 February 2009

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Canadian Auto Workers union embraces “bailout” and further concessions

By Keith Jones, 24 December 2008

The leadership of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union has welcomed last week’s twin auto bailouts—that announced by the Bush administration and the “Canadian” bailout mounted by the federal and Ontario governments—signaling its readiness to impose massive job cuts and sweeping contract concessions on autoworkers.

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By , 16 December 2008

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The Canadian auto “bailout”: CAW to impose sweeping concessions

By Carl Bronski, 6 December 2008

The Canadian units of Detroit's Big Three auto companies presented their restructuring plans to the Ontario and federal governments yesterday, involving the destruction of the jobs and living standards of tens of thousands of auto workers.

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By , 2 December 2008

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By , 25 November 2008

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Strike cancels classes at Toronto’s York University

By our reporting team, 15 November 2008

Having forced 3,500 teachers’ assistants and contract faculty on strike, York University is pressing for the contract dispute to be resolved by binding arbitration.