- The Bullet
The Canadian Left and the Quebec Question: The Dilemma That Won’t Go Away
In September 2015, a fine document emerged from Canadian progressives around the Leap Manifesto. It expresses a broad will to transform the land around a wide platform of social, democratic and environmental transformation, away from the neoliberal ‘model’ that we endure and fight. The Manifesto started by identifying violence against the Indigenous Peoples and the non-response from the Canadian State facing climate change as a crime.
By Pierre Beaudet - 25 February 2017, 2:00am
- Remembering Bob White
With great sadness, I learned of the death of Bob White. In 1978, he became the leader of the Canadian section of the UAW about a year and half after I started working on the line at GM. Little did I know what an amazing leader and pioneer in working class history he would turn out to be. White, a youthful immigrant from Northern Ireland, came from the shop floor to become the plant chairperson.
By Herman Rosenfeld - 24 February 2017, 3:00pm
- Workers strike against poverty wages at York University
In the basement of McLaughlin College at York University, a strike vote was being held for 250 food service workers. Volunteers sat at ballot boxes in a corner of the big cafeteria, while workers stopped to vote and to chat. The multiethnic workforce, unionized by UNITE HERE Local 75, looked a lot like the composition of York's student body; York students work jobs like these, and have family members and friends with jobs like these.
By Justin Podur - 24 February 2017, 12:00pm
- Beware of the New U.S. Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax
A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries. The plan, known as a border adjustment tax, would have the effect of taxing imports of goods and services that enter the United States, while also providing a subsidy for US exports which would be exempted from the tax.
By Martin Khor - 24 February 2017, 2:00am
- The Bullet
Bob White, Union Organizer, Union Leader
When I last visited Bob at his nursing home in Kincardine, a nurse politely pulled me aside to tell me that he no longer talked much but remained quite sociable. The deterioration in his condition was sad to hear, but I remarked that his retention of social skills was no surprise. ‘As a union organizer he had a natural sociability’. She lit up and excitedly whispered to a nearby nurse: ‘That explains it!’. ‘Explains what?’ I asked. ‘Well, the one thing he keeps telling us is: 'You know, all of you work really hard but don't get paid enough; you should get a union'.’
By Sam Gindin - 23 February 2017, 2:00am