Category: Labour

  • Green New Deals: Climate Movements and Labour Unions

    Author and labor organizer Jane McAlevey is interviewed by Alleen Brown, on why winning on climate in the 2020 election means changing how we talk about the clean economy. Keep reading »

  • Global Health Crisis: They Are at War… Against Us!

    Governments and bosses claim to be at war with coronavirus. In reality, it is a war against our social class that they are waging. A war against us for their profits! The global health crisis is largely a consequence of the capitalist system. Of course, we do not mean by this that the virus was created … Keep reading »

  • The Bio-Economic Pandemic and the Western Working Classes

    “Sick… guess we didn’t move quick enough after all…” — Stephen King, The Stand. The Covid-19 Shock Meets an Impending Economic Recession As of March 2020, the world is back to the future. The global financial crisis of 2007-08, which escalated into a global financial meltdown in September 2008, was supposed to be the big bang … Keep reading »

  • Take the Plant, Save the Planet

    On November 26, 2018, General Motors announced a number of plant closures in North America, the largest of which was in Oshawa, Ontario. The Oshawa facility, once the largest auto complex on the continent, was to end all its assembly operations by the end of 2019. The issue is not simply a matter of bringing … Keep reading »

  • Detroit Bus Drivers Win Protections Against Virus Through Strike

    Detroit bus drivers collectively declared Tuesday morning that they weren’t going to work without safety precautions. Bus service was canceled throughout the city because of “the driver shortage,” as city officials put it. The drivers’ union backed them up and their brief work stoppage, less than 24 hours, won all their demands. Fares will not … Keep reading »

  • Supports for Workers and Covid-19: Two Responses

    Statement from Workers in Toronto’s Travel, Hospitality, and Transportation Sectors Our economy is built upon mobility. We all move short and long distances every day in an interconnected global economic system. The COVID-19 pandemic will affect all working people and the impact on travel, hospitality and transportation workers will be significant. These are the workers in … Keep reading »

  • Workers and the Virus: Radical Lessons from Italy in the Age of COVID-19

    In the face of the mounting coronavirus crisis, we need to start asking a crucial question: who pays for the lockdown? The last three weeks have taught some hard lessons to Italian workers. Indeed, workers have been shouldering the bulk of the crisis. This applies to workers in all sectors, and even more intensely with … Keep reading »

  • Barred from Striking, Airline Food Workers Sit Down in Traffic

    Melieni Cruz, who helps prepare the meals passengers eat on airplanes, went thousands of dollars into debt because she couldn’t pay her soaring medical bills. “When the doctor found cysts on my ovaries, I had to save for a year to afford the procedure, and my cysts got bigger and more painful the whole time,” … Keep reading »

  • The Insanity of Making Sick People Work

    Coronavirus is putting extra burdens on workers, from health professionals to low-paid cleaning staff at the front line of combating infection. Yet many of these same workers don’t even have the right to sick pay – meaning they’ll feel compelled to work even if it risks spreading the virus. After the evacuation of its coronavirus-hit … Keep reading »

  • Safety Is Not Negotiable for Anyone – Including Healthcare Workers

    The following is a joint statement issued March 13 by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Unifor, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). As labour organizations representing close to a million healthcare … Keep reading »

  • Inoculating Against Globalization: Coronavirus and the Search for Alternatives

    Social developments constantly surprise. The latest anxieties over the economic contradictions of extreme globalization haven’t been triggered by a trade war, inter-imperial rivalry, a financial meltdown or riots in the streets. They’ve rather been sparked by an apparently non-economic and contingent event: the coronavirus outbreak. As precautionary measures send workers home in a place few … Keep reading »

  • Class (Size) Struggle: The Ontario Government’s Latest Game

    Anything that Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says should be taken with a bag of salt. His ability to dissemble is astonishing. So, when he said on Tuesday afternoon that high school class sizes would be 23 starting in the 2020-21 school year and that parents would be able to opt out of e-learning courses … Keep reading »