Category: Labour

  • The CAW and Magna: What if Magna Builds an Assembly Plant?

    In the discussions of the proposed Magna-CAW (Canadian Auto Workers) ‘Framework of Fairness’ deal, the focus has been on Magna as a components company. But what if Magna opened an assembly plant? Under the language of the ‘Framework of Fairness’, it too would be part of the deal. This might fit the union goal of … Keep reading »

  • Magna-CAW Framework of Fairness Agreement is an Affront to Union Democracy

    Geoff Bickerton Like most agreements between Unions and Employers the devil lies in the details. The Framework of Fairness Agreement between the CAW and Magna International is no exception. Much has already been said and written about this agreement. Unionists such as Sam Gindin, Gord Wilson and Sam Hammond have provided thoughtful critiques of the many … Keep reading »

  • The CAW and Magna: Disorganizing the Working Class

    “In the neoconservative Canada of the late 1990s, the labour movement needs to become more militant, less accommodating to the demands of corporations and governments. If this sounds like a return to the days of the 1930s or 1950s, so be it. It’s either that or watch decades of hard-won gains disappear. This resistance will … Keep reading »

  • One Sided Class War: The UAW-GM 2007 Negotiations

    In 1978, then United Auto Worker (UAW) President Douglas Fraser, frustrated with corporate America’s new aggressiveness, accused U.S. business of waging a ‘one-sided class war against working people, the unemployed, the poor, the minorities, the very young and the very old, and even many in the middle class of our society.’ In response, he warned, … Keep reading »

  • General Motors, the UAW Strike and Concessions

    As this introduction is being written the UAW is currently on strike against General Motors. The strike began on Monday, September 24th and was a surprise. The union and employer were reportedly close to an agreement on reducing GM’s retiree medical costs and the UAW’s leadership had refused to mobilize the membership to challenge the … Keep reading »

  • Reviving the Labour Movement Through Reviving Class Solidarity

    LABOUR DAY SEPTEMBER 2007 As Canada and Ontario’s labour movement marches in this year’s Labour Day Parade it does so with something to celebrate: an increase in the provincial minimum wage. That victory, all the more significant for victories being so rare in recent times, was partial – amongst other things it is only being phased … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis in Manufacturing Jobs: Struggling for Answers

    Manufacturing in the Canadian Economy Should We Give Up On Manufacturing Jobs? An Alternative Program Rethinking Unions Community Responses: The Example of Windsor The last weeks of May have seen major demonstrations of workers’ discontent with the crisis that has been unfolding in Canada’s manufacturing sector. Some 52,000 jobs have been lost in the manufacturing … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis in Manufacturing Jobs: Struggling for Answers

    The last weeks of May have seen major demonstrations of workers’ discontent with the crisis that has been unfolding in Canada’s manufacturing sector. Some 52,000 jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector since January alone. The demonstrations were kicked off on May 23 by protests by the USW at nine plants, as part of … Keep reading »

  • Mexican Workers Call for a Continental Workers’ Campaign For Living Wages and Social Justice

    Capital and the state of all three countries of the North American Free Trade Agreement have worked together to push down wages and working conditions, undermine the social safety net, and privatize anything that could be turned into a source of profit. The aim of both NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership – the … Keep reading »

  • Income Inequalities, Living Wages and Union Organizing

    It is now accepted across a wide spectrum of political thinking that the period of neoliberalism has sharpened income inequalities. This has occurred along a number of dimensions. The capitalist class has seen an increase in wealth from an increasing concentration of assets; a rapid run-up in asset prices; and corporate profits having been restored … Keep reading »

  • Oaxaca En Lucha

    The crisis in Oaxaca Mexico has intensified over the last week. The popular uprising, which began with teachers’ strikes and has now extended into a wider revolt, and open confrontation with the Mexican state. It is part of a more general crisis of the Mexican state that has emerged with the fraudulent Mexican presidential election … Keep reading »

  • The Wrong Way to Boost Jobs and Incomes

    In the early 1990s, with rising unemployment and widespread economic recession, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) began to analyse unemployment, job growth, and labour market policies, and to push a rather malicious theory which they call the ‘jobs/unemployment trade-off’ in order to justify all kinds of … Keep reading »