Category: Labour

  • Teachers’ Unions and COVID-19: Time to Step Up

    It has been crystal clear from the beginning that the COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a medical crisis. The federal government alone is hurrying to send over $100-billion out its doors to prop up businesses, but also to support people who desperately need money to get through the economic crisis entangled with the pandemic. … Keep reading »

  • Re-tool Oshawa GM Complex to Combat Covid-19

    Manufacturing worker and healthcare worker representatives call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford to immediately order the production of essential medical equipment and supplies at the Oshawa GM complex and related parts supplier facilities. This should be the first step toward establishing a publicly owned manufacturing centre that could supply strategically … Watch video »

  • Liberals’ COVID-19 Support Measures Reveal Crisis in Canada’s Low-Wage Job Market

    Inequality and class disparity have been on full display in the devastating coronavirus outbreak. On the one hand, Canada’s dependence on the work of undervalued and underpaid healthcare workers, cleaners and retail employees has been clearer than ever. On the other, these workers are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. In March, one-third of … Keep reading »

  • Southern Labour is the Key to Change in the United States, and hence Canada, and the World

    The Importance of the US South The South is today, as it always has been, the key to understanding American society: its politics, its constitutional anomalies and government structure, its culture, its social relations, its music and literature, its media focus and their blindspots, and virtually everything else. The South is a distinctive, atypical part of … Keep reading »

  • Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Order the Use of the GM Oshawa Plant for Essential Medical Production

    We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to issue an immediate order for the production of essential medical equipment and supplies in the Oshawa GM complex and related parts supplier facilities. This should be the first step toward establishing a publicly owned manufacturing centre that could supply strategically necessary goods in times of crisis. The … Keep reading »

  • 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 »