• The Mirage of Pension-Fund Activism

    Pension-fund activism is a dead-end. Organizing and empowering workers is still the only way to revive the labour movement. Review of David Webber’s The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon. Keep reading »

  • Another Stream of Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    The Dodge Ram Trucks’ 2018 Super Bowl ad, harnessing the rousing oratory of Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to service, the “Drum Major Instinct” speech, to loving close-ups of 350-horsepower pickup trucks, attracted instant, widespread condemnation. Many lampooned the use of King’s image to sell trucks, and a parody of the ad, recut with King’s … Keep reading »

  • CUPE 3903: Rally for Public Education

    For the second time in three years, CUPE 3903 has been forced to go on strike. To express our collective resolve, CUPE 3903 is calling for a rally and march to oppose attacks on public education by this anti-worker, anti-student provincial government. Recorded in front of the Ministry of Labour in Toronto, 9 April 2018.
    Watch video »

  • Argentine Newspapers Recuperated by Workers’ Cooperatives

    The formation of workers’ cooperatives to recuperate companies about to close their doors or which have already declared bankruptcy has occurred more frequently in the country, writes Carolina de Assis. Keep reading »

  • France: Student Strikers Attacked; ‘Fascist’ Dean Jailed

    Student strikers attacked at Montpellier University in France; Dean of the University held over in jail for arraignment by the Chief Prosecutor. Analysis of the strikes in France by Richard Greeman. Keep reading »

  • France: Unions, Left Confront Macron’s Attacks on Rail Services and Jobs

    France is once again on the brink of an all-out industrial war – and its outcome could transform the country’s political landscape. The showdown is over the plans that President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe have for the state-owned National Railway Company (SNCF), which have been described by Le Monde as “the biggest … Keep reading »

  • Fight For $15: The Challenges Ahead

    Presenters David Bush and Mina Rajabi address a number of critical questions about the status of the Ontario workers’ movement. What are the shortfalls of Bill 148? How did the Fight for $15 and Fairness organize to win? Recorded in Toronto, 28 February 2018. Watch video »

  • Workers Need an Industrial Policy Not Tariffs

    Meeting in Chicago on Friday, March 9, the UE General Executive Board issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement about steel and aluminum tariffs. Keep reading »

  • All Hands on Deck: The West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

    Dignity and respect are the root cause of every serious labor struggle. This was certainly the case in West Virginia’s unprecedented nine-day statewide education strike. When the workers won this past Tuesday, singing and dancing erupted among the thousands who packed the state capitol. Their final chant before leaving the building was, “Who made history? … Keep reading »

  • Turkey’s Privatization of Sugar Factories

    On February 21, a notice was released in Turkey’s Official Gazette stating that bids will be collected for Turkey’s state-owned fourteen sugar plants. According to Directorate of Privatization Administration’s (OIB) announcement, sugar plants will be privatized. The AKP government, which has looted and made benefits of public-enterprises available to both national and international capital, seeks new privatization opportunities. Keep reading »

  • New Era in War on Workers: The Ramaphosa Presidency in South Africa

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) views the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa to the position of President of the Republic of South Africa, as a new era in the war against workers and the working class majority in the country. Keep reading »

  • Fragmentation in Toronto’s Hotel Sector

    The intensity of the current conflict between UNITE HERE and its trusteeship of Local 75 and Unifor’s formation of a new local of hospitality workers (condemned by most of the labour movement as a raid) makes critical self-reflection and discussion especially difficult. In this essay, Steven Tufts attempts to put this clash into perspective and offers ways forward that point to a unity beyond the current polarizing divisions in the sector. Keep reading »