Author: sam-gindin

Sam Gindin was research director of the Canadian Auto Workers from 1974–2000 and is now an adjunct professor at York University in Toronto. He is author (with Leo Panitch) of the Making of Global Capitalism (Verso).

  • Socialist Register 2019: The World Turned Upside Down

    The Toronto launch of the Socialist Register 2019: The World Turned Upside Down, with Sam Gindin, Nicole Aschoff, Colin Leys, and co-editors Greg Albo and Leo Panitch. Watch video »

  • NAFTA Renewed. Now What?

    Sam Gindin analyzes the political-economy of the new USMCA trade pact and its impact on the working class. Keep reading »

  • GM Oshawa: Making Hope Possible

    The end of GM Oshawa seems on the verge of becoming the new reality. Overturning this imposed reality can’t be achieved by traditional protest. Keep reading »

  • In and Against the State

    British Labour Party needs to develop a socialist strategy that goes beyond a single election manifesto. Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin look at the challenge of state transformation. Keep reading »

  • Will the Ontario Labour Movement Return to Class Struggle as Austerity Deepens?

    The Ontario labour movement is in deep crisis. Some impressive struggles aside, it has been staggering since the end of the great mobilizations of the 1990s. Days of Action was the dramatic class response that emerged in the mid-90s to the radical neoliberal policies and a reminder of the radical potentials of rank and file workers. Keep reading »

  • Renewals and Transitions: Socialist Practice and Vision

    Session 6 of the Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy conference: Renewals and Transitions: Socialist Practice and Vision. Presentations by Michalis Spourdalakis, Sam Gindin, Bhaskar Sunkara and Saeed Rahnema. Recorded in Toronto, 7 October 2017. Watch video »

  • The Crisis in the ATU: Labour Shoots Itself in the Foot

    A sign of the tragic disarray of the Canadian labour movement is the extent to which its misadventures keep piling up. As the turmoil within the union representing the Ontario government’s unionized employees (Ontario Public Service Employees Union – OPSEU) hits the press, the chaos continues in Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). … Keep reading »

  • Bob White, Union Organizer, Union Leader

    April 28, 1935 – February 19, 2017 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 … Keep reading »

  • Launching the Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution

    Toronto — 12 January 2017. The main purpose of the 2017 edition of the Socialist Register (SR) – one century after “Red October” – is to look forward, to what might happen next. Moderated by Greg Albo. Panel discussion featuring: Joan Sangster and Bryan Palmer: “The Distinctive Heritage of 1917: Resuscitating Revolution’s Longue Durée” Leo … Watch video »

  • The Power of Deep Organizing

    The profound defeat of the U.S. labour movement over the past three to four decades is usually measured by the loss of things that workers once took for granted like decent wages and benefits. A less quantifiable but ultimately more decisive indicator is the retreat from possibilities. By extension, the labour movement’s renewal (or reinvention) … Keep reading »

  • Misreading the Historical Moment

    A Response to Murnighan’s “Unifor and Big Three Bargaining” Deep economic crises, as opposed to the regular ups and downs of capitalism, have played a special role in the history of autoworkers. Since the auto industry emerged as a mass production industry about 100 years ago, there’ve been three such economic crises and each, in different … Keep reading »

  • Big Three Bargaining: Different Ways of Making History

    Different Ways of Making History Canadian autoworkers have long been pace setters in the Canadian labour movement and as soon as its most recent agreement with General Motors was ratified, Unifor (the successor in 2013 after the merger of CAW and CEP) laid claim to that agreement’s ‘historic’ status. It has now also been ratified by … Keep reading »