Author: david-camfield

David Camfield teaches Labour Studies and Sociology at the University of Manitoba. His website is prairiered.ca.

  • The Far Right, the Hard Right, and Our Fight Against Them

    The massacre of worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh by a far-right shooter and the election of fascist politician Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on the same October weekend were a double blow to people on the left who understand the significance of these events. The high-profile public debate in Toronto between David Frum … Keep reading »

  • This is How to Fight!

    Women in West Virginia Teach Powerful Lessons The recent wildcat strike by teachers and support staff in West Virginia is being called one of the most important events in the labour movement since the 1970s. We would like to take a closer look and examine its success and discuss its relevance to the situation here in … Watch video »

  • Getting Ready for the Tory Storm in Manitoba

    No one has a crystal ball that allows them to foresee precisely what’s going to happen as the new Tory government of Manitoba really gets down to business in the months ahead. But there are some things we can be pretty sure about. The Tories will claim that it’s vital to curb provincial government spending … Keep reading »

  • Work Life: What’s At Stake At Canada Post?

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is currently engaged in collective bargaining with Canada Post. Unlike in previous rounds, the contracts of both the Urban bargaining unit (covering about 42,000 workers) and the unit of some 8,000 Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) are being negotiated simultaneously. That’s not the only reason that this … Keep reading »

  • The Politics of Human Rights

    There has never been more talk about human rights than there is today. Social media is full of calls to sign petitions or send e-mails about human rights causes. Almost no one says they’re not supporters of human rights, from radicals on the left to people on the hard right like Stephen Harper. Governments of … Keep reading »

  • Colonialism and the Working Class in Canada

    It’s good news that in a number of cities people “are meeting together in growing numbers to explore what it means – and doesn’t mean – to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples within Canada,” as journalist Meg Mittelstedt wrote recently. As Mittelstedt notes, this is happening because of the recent upsurge of protest and … Keep reading »

  • Choosing Not to Look Away: Confronting Colonialism in Canada

    Canada has “no history of colonialism.” So said Stephen Harper in 2009. Today the Idle No More movement is shouting down this lie through actions both creative and courageous. In its place, it is telling Canadians at large what some of us have always known: that the country we live in was founded as – … Keep reading »

  • Solidarity or Exclusion? British Columbia Unions and Chinese Mineworkers

    It’s obvious why HD Mining is hiring workers in China to work at the Murray River Coal Project in Northern British Columbia. Because they are admitted to Canada on work visas under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the company can pay them a lot less than it would have to pay Canadian citizens or … Keep reading »

  • Quebec’s ‘Red Square’ Movement: The Story So Far

    In 2012 Quebec has been shaken by the most important social movement in the Canadian state since the 1970s. What began as a strike by students in Quebec’s universities and Collèges d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEPs, which most young people attend after high school) against a major increase in university tuition fees – part of … Keep reading »