Tag: Strike

  • May Day: Workers’ Struggles, International Solidarity, Political Aspirations

    For more than 100 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? The answer lies in part in American labour’s long repression of its own radical past, out of which international May Day was actually born a century ago. Keep reading »

  • Toronto 1919

    Play by the Toronto Workers’ Theatre Group in memory of the Toronto General Strike in 1919. Recorded in Toronto, 14 May 2019, part of the Cabaret 1919. Watch video »

  • General Strike: Cabaret 1919

    An exciting cabaret evening of theatre, music and poetry on the centenary of the Winnipeg General Strike (15 May 1919). Recorded in #Toronto, 14 May 2019. Watch video »

  • Grocery Store Workers Take on a Multinational

    At precisely 1:00 Eastern time on the afternoon of April 11th, 31,000 workers at 253 Stop and Shop grocery stores throughout Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts walked off their jobs. The strike came after several months of failed negotiations in which Stop and Shop refused to retract an onerous set of demands for the elimination … Keep reading »

  • Ontario Colleges On Strike

    More than 12,000 Ontario public college faculty were on the picket line rather than in their classrooms on Monday morning after talks between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council failed to produce a tentative collective agreement. “On October 14, we presented Council with a streamlined offer that represented what … Keep reading »

  • Strike Vote at Laurentian University

    In the latest turmoil in the Canadian university sector, faculty at Laurentian University are now on strike. At the core is the longstanding vices of the neoliberal university – underfunding, lack of hiring faculty, commercialization and privatization, and the hiring of a vast bureaucracy of private managers in the ceaseless efforts to benchmark, marketize and … Keep reading »

  • Lessons of the 2015 CUPE Local 3903 Strike

    It has now been over one year since the end of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 3903 strike at York University in March 2015. [Ed.: see Bullet No. 1088 and Bullet No. 1091 for more background information.] This strike began when 3,700 teaching assistants, contract faculty, graduate assistants and research assistants voted to … Keep reading »

  • The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes

    The essence of an unjust society is to continually demand and take from those with the least the little that they have to support their lives and life-goals and add it to the money-value hoards of those who have the power to restructure public life to serve their limitless appetites. So we see a recurrent … Keep reading »

  • Privacy and the Right to Strike in Canada

    The neoliberal assault on labour has now entered its fourth decade. While Canada’s labour union density continues to hover around thirty percent, that number hides declining density rates in the private sector. Equally concerning for the labour movement has been the long assault on the post-war labour freedoms to organize, bargain, and strike. As Leo … Keep reading »

  • Porter Airlines: The Little Strike that Could

    On Saturday, 26 January 2013 tens of thousands of teachers and supporters rallied outside the Liberal leadership convention at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in opposition to their Bill 115 which stripped Ontario teachers’ collective bargaining rights. Every corporate media outlet covered this story. By all accounts the rally was a huge, peaceful success. In … Keep reading »

  • ‘Class’ Warfare: A Primer on the Chicago Teachers Strike

    An estimated 30,000 public school teachers in Chicago walked off the job on Monday for the first time since 1987, leaving 350,000 students in limbo. Chicago has the third-largest school district in the United States and it is the city where President Obama launched his presidential bid. There are national stakes involved, like the election … Keep reading »

  • Ontario’s Bill 150 and the Right to Strike

    The purpose of the Ontario Government’s Bill 150 is effectively to break the union. When the employer says “no” at the bargaining table, and you can’t walk out in support of your bargaining objectives, then you have to ask yourself with respect to unions: “what is the purpose of being there?” Workers join unions to … Keep reading »