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Labour Fightback

Labrador City and Sept-Îles: Workers strike against IOC

steelworkers ioc ron rhomas strikeApproximately 1,300 workers from the mining firm Iron Ore Company (IOC) voted 91.9 per cent in favour of a strike, which began on Monday, March 26, in Labrador City. Three hundred and five of their colleagues in Sept-Îles also voted, nearly unanimously (98.1 per cent, with an 87 per cent participation rate), in favour of a strike on Thursday, March 29. The start date of the Sept-Îles strike is not yet known. These movements have come about after long and unsuccessful negotiations concerning the renewal of the collective agreement. In both cases, the workers—who are members of the Steelworkers’ union—feel that they are up against a wall and have rejected the latest employer offer altogether.

Support CUPE 3903! For Militant Class Struggle!

On March 2 members of CUPE Local 3903, representing 3,700 contract faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate and research assistants at York University, voted to go on strike. According to a Fightback member who was at the meeting, at times it felt like a rally, with the executive boldly agitating for a strike among the members. One member asked what would happen if the Wynne government passed back-to-work legislation, as they did with Ontario college workers. The executive responded that they will not let the government dictate negotiations with the employer, clearly hinting at an illegal strike, and sparking applause in the room. This, along with the record high turnout for a strike mandate vote in January, and negotiation meetings that have regularly been attended by 50 to 60 rank and file union members, shows the level of militancy of the workers. The vote comes after six months of negotiations, during which York administration has dragged its feet and refused to budge on any of the most pressing issues on the bargaining table.

Bureaucratic Game of Thrones as Unifor Leaves the CLC

On January 17th, Unifor, the largest private sector union in Canada, representing more than 315,000 workers across the country, disaffiliated from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). This move will have serious negative repercussions for the Canadian labour movement, undermining the unity of the working class at a time when major corporations like Tim Hortons are launching significant attacks on workers in an attempt to claw back the recent increase in the Ontario minimum wage. The labour bureaucracy has to move away from this sick “Game of Thrones” and unite against the common enemy. 

Eyewitness report from OFL Young Workers’ Assembly: Lack of democracy and political confusion

On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, I attended the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Young Workers’ Assembly at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. There were about 200 people present, mainly young workers under the age of 30 from various workplaces across Ontario. The attendance was so large in comparison to the ballroom that the organizers voiced their surprise and some had to stand outside watching in. There was no doubt that young workers were looking for methods to win against their bosses.

Ontario faculty legislated back to work: we need a movement of defiance!

On Thursday, November 16th the Ontario government announced that it was tabling back-to-work legislation against striking faculty at Ontario’s colleges. This comes only hours after the employer’s most recent offer was rejected by a resounding 86 per cent of faculty. Participation in the vote, which was forced by the employer, was 95 per cent.

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