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Toronto City Workers Strike: Workers Won’t Pay for the Bosses' Crisis

At the time of writing, 24,000 city of Toronto workers are on strike; almost 2000 city of Windsor workers have been on strike for 10 weeks, and many other groups of workers across Canada are in dispute or heading that way. There is a common thread running through all of these clashes – management is going on the offensive to slash wages and benefits using the economic crisis as an excuse. This slump was caused by the bosses, the bankers and the corporations. Workers are not responsible for this crisis. Fightback says, “Make the bosses pay!”

Auto-workers don’t want hand-outs, but justice and job security for all!

Over the past month, the labour movement in Ontario has been heating things up to protect workers’ severance packages, pensions, and jobs. The Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) has been playing a leading role in organizing a variety of rallies and demonstrations. Here is a report of two rallies that Fightback has attended.

Workers Occupy Auto Parts Factory in Windsor

On Tuesday, March 17th, a group of 80 workers in the industrial town of Windsor, Ontario, occupied the Aradco auto parts plant. This occupation marks the re-awakening of the occupied factories movement in Canada and is an important turning point in the ongoing crisis of the North American auto industry.

Lessons of the York University Strike

The 85-day strike at York University contains many lessons for working class and university activists. The employer was forced to rely on the power of the State to defeat the workers. With the bosses and their government committed to making workers and youth pay for the capitalist crisis, we can expect many similar struggles to the one at York University. There would be no labour movement today if workers were not prepared to break unjust laws. With militant, democratic leadership we can beat back the capitalist offensive.

Vancouver Parkade Workers Win Fight Against Toxic Work Environment

After years of being forced to breathe in toxic fumes the workers at EasyPark are finally breathing a sigh of relief. Just this week it was announced that the city will be temporarily closing the parkade in order to do an investigation into the health effects. However this has come only after a very long and gruelling struggle for the employees to make their work environment tolerable. The following is an interview with Jim Mulally, a Fightback supporter and one of the leaders who led the fight for better working conditions.

VIDEO: Kathy Tomlinson reports: McDonald's exhaust making us sick, parkade workers say (Runs 3:07)

CBC picks up campaign initiated by Fightback supporters!

For years, parking attendants at EasyPark in Vancouver have been subjected to toxic fumes vented from the restaurants above the parking lot. These obnoxious fumes vent directly into the work area and are a serious health hazard to the workers. Fightback supporters at EasyPark, members of CUPE 1004, have initiated a campaign against unsafe working conditions at their workplace. The CBC has picked up this campaign through their "Go Public" investigative news section:

"McDonald's exhaust making us sick, underground parkade workers say"

Resist Back-to-Work Legislation at York University

Yesterday, Premiere Dalton McGuinty announced that he will be calling back the legislature in order to introduce legislation to force teaching assistants and contract faculty at York University, back-to-work. If CUPE 3903 is to effectively resist this legislation it must call upon all of its members and supporters throughout Canada to resist the legislation in the streets and not just in words.

STOP PRESS: Oppose McGuinty's back-to-work order

Dalton McGuinty has drafted legislation that will send York University workers back to work without a fair settlement. This is an attack on free collective bargaining, the right to strike and well-funded, good-quality education. There will be a rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto tomorrow, Jan 25, at 12:00 p.m. Please come out and support workers at York University and speak your mind against  McGuinty’s back-to-work legislation.

Union bends over backwards, York University “not inclined”

After the appointment of a mediator, and a significant reduction in bargaining demands by CUPE 3903, the University administration is holding firm. They are backed up by every other university in the country and want to make an example of the York workers. Corporate Canada is increasing its clamour for "back-to-work" legislation and putting pressure on Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. Support the York workers in their fight for accessible education and free collective bargaining.

Workers at York U. Defeat Forced Ratification

On Jan 9, York University appealed to the Ministry of Labour to bring its latest offer directly to the union membership for ratification. The vote took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Ten days after the administration walked away from the bargaining table, the results are in: Workers have voted to reject the offer. Is this a surprise? Not really.