Just like American workers, Canadian workers have carried out a recent labor upsurge of their own. As the economy slows, unions might be tempted to make concessions. They shouldn’t.
Gerard Di Trolio is a PhD student in labor studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Donald Trump’s trade war with China was never about helping American workers. The US labor movement needs to reject trade tariffs and stand up for international solidarity among workers everywhere.
Ontario’s political parties are all courting labor for the upcoming election. But nothing currently on offer will result in serious change for the Canadian labor movement.
Uber’s recent deal with UFCW Canada, granting legal representation to the 100,000 workers employed by the ride-sharing app, is not as good as it seems. The agreement will allow Uber to circumvent trade union democracy and attack workers’ benefits.
Founded by Canada’s most powerful business lobbyists, bankers, and oil companies, the Coalition for a Better Future is crafting a plan to attack workers and reorganize the post-pandemic economy in the interests of the rich.
Lush prides itself on a progressive image, but the company’s union-busting in Toronto tells another story.
The pandemic has exposed some terminal defects in Canada’s deregulated, privately owned airline industry. Nationalization is the best way to make air travel viable, environmentally sustainable, and in tune with social needs.
Card check helps workers claim their rights by making union certification straightforward. British Columbia’s newly elected NDP majority government must bring card-check certification back to the province and help rebuild the power of workers.
When the Canadian parliament reconvenes this month, the Liberals will likely need the New Democratic Party to retain power. The center-left NDP’s support should not come from petty electoral calculation, but from an understanding that bold action is needed by both the country and the party.
Canada’s New Democratic Party performed worse than expected in yesterday’s elections. But the party can’t take those results as a sign to water down their message — the NDP must continue to offer a left-wing program of taxing the rich and combating climate change.
The New Democratic Party has finally proposed a strong climate plan for Canada that opposes new pipelines. But the party needs to be honest about a key fact necessary to save the planet: Canada must euthanize its oil industry.
Canada’s autoworkers union recently announced a boycott of Mexican-made GM cars. It’s a dead-end strategy that plays into the hand of the racism and xenophobia of the Right.
Trudeau is making an illegal push to end a major series of strikes. But unions can’t count on the courts to save them — only direct action can get the goods.
After years of rightward drift, the NDP has a shot at capturing Ontario’s government this week with its most left-wing platform in years.
Despite activist pressure, Canada’s New Democratic Party is still wedded to fossil fuel development.
An interview with Niki Ashton, whose campaign for leadership of Canada’s New Democratic Party has been rooted in a bold left-wing vision.
Canadian mining and petroleum companies rank among the most world’s most abusive and destructive.
Thomas Mulcair’s ouster provides an opening for left activists inside and outside Canada’s New Democratic Party.
Two days before the Canadian election, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives seem on the verge of losing power.
Progressive victory in Alberta only illuminates the need for a broader challenge to neoliberalism across Canada.