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Labour unites around Unifor 594 after police escalation at Co-op Refinery lockout

by Emily Leedham In a move that shocked trade unionists across the country, the Regina Police Service arrested Unifor National President Jerry Dias and 13 more Unifor members at Gate 7 of Regina’s Co-op Refinery Complex on Monday, January 20, 2020.  About 730 refinery workers, members of Local 594, have been locked out for the Continue readingLabour unites around Unifor 594 after police escalation at Co-op Refinery lockout

What is Labour’s Role in the Anti-War Movement?

Simon Black, professor at Brock University and organizer with Labour Against the Arms Trade, discusses labour's role in the anti-war movement, opposing Canada's arms trade with Saudi Arabia, and a just transition for arms manufacturing workers.

CarePartners imposes rejected contract on homecare workers

by Zaid Noorsumar CarePartners, a for-profit home care company, is imposing a new contract on nearly 3,000 workers in Ontario that has been effectively rejected by the bargaining committee during negotiations. For some workers, the new contract will result in an effective pay cut worth several thousand dollars. The workforce comprises predominantly women, many of Continue readingCarePartners imposes rejected contract on homecare workers

Winnipeg Tim Horton’s workers locked out over 10 cent pay dispute

by Emily Leedham Wearing bright orange touques and signs saying “Locked Out!”, Winnipeg Tim Horton’s workers chant “No more Tim’s!” in the underground Portage & Main Pedestrian Loop. It’s lunchtime and these members of Workers United Canada Council Local 268 are telling their regular customers not to go to Tim Horton’s until their employer agrees Continue readingWinnipeg Tim Horton’s workers locked out over 10 cent pay dispute

Regina refinery lockout is no “tea party”

by Andrew Stevens The lockout of 700+ workers at Regina’s Cooperative Refinery Complex has now entered its third week. On the table: another round of pension concessions and the elimination of a co-funded savings plan. Under the guise of a “business continuity plan,”  the Refinery has for months been preparing for what Unifor Local 594 Continue readingRegina refinery lockout is no “tea party”

Voyago drive is frontline against transit privatization

by Blake McCallHamilton bus driver and member of ATU Local 107 On Thursday December 12 the Amalgamated Transit Union Canada staged an info picket at the Voyago Headquarters in London, Ontario. ATU locals from across southern Ontario participated, as well as members of OPSEU and the London and District Labour Council. The action was called Continue readingVoyago drive is frontline against transit privatization

The Regina Co-op Refinery Lockout Lowdown

by Emily Leedham Unifor launches a Canada-wide boycott of Co-op products & services. Local 594 President Kevin Bittman & Regina & District Labour Council member Darren Milo provide picket line reports from the lockout. Sean Tucker, an Occupational Health & Safety Researcher at the University of Regina discusses public safety concerns with scab workers running Continue readingThe Regina Co-op Refinery Lockout Lowdown

Local 594 and the Lost History of Oil Worker Unionism

By Doug Nesbitt and Andrew Stevens With near unanimous support from the membership, Unifor Local 594 provided the Co-operative Refinery Complex (CRC) with job action notice on December 4, 2019. The employer immediately responded by locking out over 700 workers – from process operators, building trades, lab technicians, to administrative support workers. The battle is Continue readingLocal 594 and the Lost History of Oil Worker Unionism

Ontario teachers begin one-day strike against Ford’s cuts

Today, members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) walk off the job to protest ongoing attacks to the education system by Doug Ford’s government. Key issues for the teachers’ job action include preserving jobs, lowering class sizes and rejecting mandatory e-learning courses for students. The one-day province-wide walk-out will close secondary schools across Continue readingOntario teachers begin one-day strike against Ford’s cuts

Q&A with OFL Presidential candidate Barry Conway

The Ontario Federation of Labour’s biennial convention starts on Monday. In addition to the hundreds of resolutions that will be voted on and the action plan that will be hotly debated, this convention will see an open election for the position of OFL President as outgoing president, Chris Buckley, will not be seeking another term. Continue readingQ&A with OFL Presidential candidate Barry Conway

Q&A with OFL Presidential candidate Barry Conway

By Evan Johnston The Ontario Federation of Labour’s biennial convention starts on Monday. In addition to the hundreds of resolutions that will be voted on and the action plan that will be hotly debated, this convention will see an open election for the position of… Read More

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