Category: Labour

  • 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 »

  • Canadian Union Takes Important Step Against Israeli Apartheid

    At the annual convention of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, held 24-27 May 2006 in Ottawa, the union passed a resolution of historic importance. Resolution 50 – adopted unanimously by the 900 delegates at the largest convention in the union’s history – expressed support for the global campaign against Israeli apartheid. The … Keep reading »

  • Rewriting History: The CAW Turn

    In response to criticism of the concessions made by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) at General Motors’s Oshawa facility this winter, the union has made four counter-arguments. First, no concessions were in fact made: the union won jobs through ‘smart bargaining’. Second, contradicting the first point, that concessions may have been made, but trading off … Keep reading »

  • Concessions in Oshawa: The End of an Era?

    In the early 1980s General Motors workers in Canada refused to follow their American parent (UAW) in opening their collective agreement. The ensuing conflict eventually led to the Canadians breaking away to form their own Canadian union (CAW). Earlier this month the CAW leadership opened the collective agreement in Oshawa, threatening the end of a … Keep reading »

  • The CAW’s Direction: Some Questions

    A number of questions about the CAW’s general political and more specific electoral orientation are being asked both inside and outside the union. These are questions of importance to the Canadian Left as a whole. We cite a few such questions and invite comment. First, coming out of GM bargaining in October, 2005 the union … Keep reading »

  • The GM Layoffs and the Logic of Neoliberalism

    The perverse logic of neoliberalism took even more twisted turns on 21 November 2005. General Motors, the largest manufacturing company in the world, had just months ago been promised $450-million in government money to create jobs in Canada. Keep reading »

  • GM, the Delphi Concessions and North American Workers: Round Two?

    It is important to recall that until the 1970s, collective bargaining in the United States and Canada was largely about workers demanding improvements from their employers. But a new era in collective bargaining erupted at the end of the 1970s that was soon dubbed ‘concessionary bargaining’. Corporations were now the ones making the demands. Tensions … Keep reading »