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).

  • 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 »

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    Bargaining Over Corporate Investment: Innovation or Trap?

    Ever since the sit-down strikes of the 1930s, the cycle of ‘Big Three’ auto bargaining has been a major economic and political event, an indicator of the progress of the class struggle in North America. If such interest has sagged of late, it charged back into the news with the aggressive declaration of Unifor’s president, … Keep reading »

  • Work Overload: Time for a Union Strategy

    Talk to workers in any sector, in any workplace and sooner or later they’ll get to their frustrations with their ever-increasing workloads: ‘I’m struggling’, they’ll lament to fellow workers or anyone ready to listen, ‘to just do the job, never mind do it well’. And yet even though few work-related issues seem to generate more … Keep reading »

  • Global Issues: Bringing Class Back In

    The new trade unionism of the 1930s brought dramatic new tactics such as the sit-downs, new strategies that included industry-wide bargaining, and spread new forms of in-plant democracy based on the shop steward system. Today, union structures are again in crisis, but nothing comparable to the labour explosion of the 30s has yet emerged or … Keep reading »