Workers Issues in 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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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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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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23 June 2009

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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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9 June 2009

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2 June 2009

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5 May 2009

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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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21 April 2009

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14 April 2009

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7 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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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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10 March 2009

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3 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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17 February 2009

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10 February 2009

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3 February 2009

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27 January 2009

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6 January 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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16 December 2008

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9 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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2 December 2008

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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.

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21 October 2008

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14 October 2008

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7 October 2008

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23 September 2008

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Canada: While CAW bleats, Harper offers aid to automakers and endorses job-cutting

A dispute within Canada’s big business elite

By Carl Bronski, 15 September 2008

Just days before dissolving parliament and calling a federal election for October 14, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government is giving an $80 million “repayable” grant to Ford Canada to re-open their Windsor-Essex auto plant.