• Conversion: Alternatives for the GM Shutdown

    GM’s announcement that it will halt production at its award-winning assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario was hardly a surprise, though it still managed to stun the federal and Ontario governments. #SaveOshawaGM #GreenJobs Keep reading »

  • GM Oshawa: Making Hope Possible

    The end of GM Oshawa seems on the verge of becoming the new reality. Overturning this imposed reality can’t be achieved by traditional protest. Keep reading »

  • Taking on the GM Shutdown: Unifor, Oshawa and Community Control

    General Motor’s plan to end production at its Oshawa plant at the end of 2019 is a callous, cynical act by the U.S.-based multinational auto giant that needs to be challenged. After accepting $13.7-billion bailout offered by the Canadian public to the big automakers back in 2008 to keep GM and Chrysler alive (one third … Keep reading »

  • Oshawa and Postal Workers: Big and Small Lies We Accept

    In 1979, Canada’s postal union (CUPW) bargained and bargained with the employer. Eventually, having exhausted all possibilities, it made the decision, supported by a huge majority of its voting members, that its members would no longer provide their services on the basis of the existing terms and conditions of the now expired collective agreement. Workers … Keep reading »

  • CAMI Strike 2017

    After Another Setback Can Unifor Move On? A four-week strike at the CAMI assembly plant, that began on September 17th, ended on October 16th. Members of Unifor Local 88 voted 86% in favour of the tentative agreement bargained with the stand-alone GM plant. Located in Ingersoll, Ontario, close to London, it is a former joint venture … Keep reading »

  • Camaro Blues

    GM’s mid-December announcement that the next generation Camaro will be produced in Lansing, Michigan not in Oshawa is cause for serious reflection among Canadian autoworkers. This relocation of production is simply a corporate restructuring event where GM is consolidating its rear wheel car production in one location with the exception of the Corvette. Such restructuring … Keep reading »

  • The Oshawa Plant Closing

    In the wake of GM’s shocking announcement of its plan to close the Oshawa Truck Plant – just two weeks after the end of bargaining – CAW Local 222 organized a blockade of the corporation’s Canadian headquarters. For 12 days the union local challenged the American-based auto giant to rescind its decision to close its … 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 »

  • 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 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 »