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GM Layoffs Reflect Decay of Capitalism

gm layoffsContinuing the general trend of the decline in Ontario’s manufacturing sector, General Motors recently announced that nearly 1,000 jobs will be cut in Oshawa in order to relocate Chevrolet Camaro production to Lansing, Michigan. This decision was concluded in 2012, a mere week after the implementation of anti-union “right to work” legislation in that state.

Toronto university strikes victorious; Austerity can be defeated!

CUPE3902 workers and students rally with picket signsAfter a month-long strike at the University of Toronto and York University, academic workers have returned to work. Workers at both universities were able to make important advances at the bargaining table as the strike pressed forward. The action taken by the 10,000 members of CUPE 3902 and 3903 has shaken university administrations and the Ontario Liberal government, while sending a strong message to the labour movement. That message is: austerity can be defeated through bold strike action and rank-and-file militancy.

CUPE 3903: Defend Tuition Indexation! Reject concessions! Keep the union united!

The bargaining team of CUPE 3903, the union representing striking education workers at York University, has reached a tentative agreement with the YorkU administration. Here, we re-publish a statement by the Socialist Fightback club at YorkU/Seneca, which has been actively mobilizing support for the strike.

Fightback supports campus workers in Toronto!

fightback cupe3902 supportAcademic workers at University of Toronto and York University have gone out on strike. In total, 10,000 workers are now on strike at the two largest universities in Canada. The university strike represents a significant challenge to the Ontario Liberal austerity program, and is the first organized move by workers against the cuts.

UofT teaching assistants reject deal and go on strike — View from the rank-and-file

As this article goes to print, teaching assistants at the University of Toronto have set up picket lines and gone on strike after rank-and-file members overwhelmingly voted to reject a tentative agreement between the union and UofT administration. Fightback's Robert Fajber, a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto and member of CUPE 3902, offers his view of the past few days, and what is needed for the TAs to win.

Sessional instructors and graduate students at U of T and YorkU vote to go on strike: Defeat the Zero Mandate! Defeat Wynne’s austerity plan!

Workers at the University of Toronto and York University have held strike votes and received a mandate to potentially take strike action. Both groups of workers are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), in locals 3902 and 3903 respectively. Together, the unions represent nearly 11,000 academic staff at the two universities. These workers provide approximately 50 per cent of the teaching workload, yet comprise around 8 per cent of the university budget. The overwork, underpayment, lack of security, and work hours all have a negative effect on the quality of education for students.

 

Support BC teachers and the right to collective bargaining!

As this article is being written, BC schools remain empty even though the first day of school was supposed to have arrived for thousands of students. The province’s 40,000 teachers remain on strike, locked out, or both, depending on whom you ask.  The provincially-appointed mediator, Vince Ready, walked out on negotiations over the weekend claiming that the sides were “too far apart”. With no end in sight to the dispute, it is clear that the BC government has no interest in negotiating and is looking to hammer teachers.

Unifor workers take a stand against Bombardier in Thunder Bay

Members of Unifor local 1075, consisting of 900 trades and assembly line workers at Bombardier's Thunder Bay plant, have been on strike since July 14 over the issue of pensions and benefits for newer hires. This follows a strike in 2011 over more or less the same issues, which once again has Bombardier demanding concessions of its workers at the same time that its business continues to boom.