Category: Labour

  • Solidarity with UAW Strikers

    A lively crowd of Unifor Local 222 members and retirees came out October 7 to show their solidarity with the workers who are taking on General Motors in the US. Keep reading »

  • British Unions Vote to Boycott Israel

    “At the moment we’re looking at a people lacking the control that allows them to function as a society – water, the freedom to travel, the basic right to safety,” said Martin Sundram, delegate for the Artists’ Union of England (AUE) at the annual congress of the British trade union movement. The AUE tabled Motion … Keep reading »

  • Sneak Peek: Interview on the UAW strike w/ Sam Gindin

    Oats for Breakfast continues the discussion with Sam Gindin about the ongoing United Auto Workers-GM strike in the US. This time around we broaden the discussion to include trade policy… Listen to audio »

  • Future Possibilities for the GM Plant in Oshawa

    We believe that Oshawa could be the manufacturing centre for battery electric vans and other vehicles, anchored by production for Canada Post and other government bodies. Government action and a public ownership model would be required. There is growing support for this proposal from unions, community activists and environmentalists. It would keep good jobs for … Watch video »

  • The United Auto Workers Strike w/ Sam Gindin

    Oats interviews Sam Gindin about the United Auto Workers-GM strike, which involves 49,000 workers. Listen to audio »

  • Take the Plant, Save the Planet

    The Case For Nationalization and Conversion of the Oshawa GM Plant It is a tragic irony that General Motors (GM) chose its hundredth anniversary in Oshawa to announce the December 2019 closure of its Oshawa assembly plant. This means the loss of over 15,000 jobs in Ontario: 2,200 GM assembly jobs, 300 salaried positions, 500 temporary … Keep reading »

  • Take It Over: The Struggle for Green Production in Oshawa

    In November 2018, Detroit-based General Motors dealt a staggering blow to 2,700 Canadian workers when it announced plans leading to the closure of a key automotive assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. In its heyday decades earlier, GM Oshawa had been the largest auto complex in North America and had employed twenty-three thousand workers. But those … Keep reading »

  • Should GM Oshawa be publicly owned?

    The Oats podcast interviews Tony Leah and Rebecca Keetch about GM’s decision to wind down vehicle assembly at its facility in Oshawa, Ontario. Listen to audio »

  • The United Auto Workers and the Big Three Automakers: A Tale of Corruption

    What follows is a somewhat complex tale of what happens when a labor union, structured to be unaccountable to the rank-and-file membership, embraces a system of labor-management cooperation rather than a class-conscious understanding that workers and their employers are adversaries with fundamentally opposed goals and desires. Unfortunately, what is true of the United Auto Workers … Keep reading »

  • Ecosocialism and Just Transition

    Climate change requires major societal change. But how do we ensure this transformation is done in a fair and just manner? John Bellamy Foster – a renowned environmental sociologist and editor of Monthly Review – takes a look at the idea of the Just Transition, arguing that any strategy to save the planet must go … Keep reading »

  • Electric Vehicle Production is Possible in Oshawa

    Green Jobs Oshawa distributed this leaflet at the Unifor Constitutional Convention on Wednesday, August 21. It calls for government action to establish electric vehicle production in Oshawa, under public ownership. Oshawa could be the manufacturing centre for battery electric vans and other vehicles, anchored by production for Canada Post and other federal, provincial, and municipal … Keep reading »

  • Sneak peek segment on labour standards w/ Adam King

    We continue our discussion about labour standards with sociologist Adam King – what it’s like to be a temporary employee and compare labour standards in Canada with Sweden and Australia. Listen to audio »