by David Bush and Doug Nesbitt Over a month has passed since Bill 115 was repealed by the Ontario Liberals, but the contracts imposed on the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario remain intact and effectively unchallenged. This has led to several incidents of open dissent from the ranks of Continue readingDissent brews in the OSSTF
Ontario education workers and Bill 115 Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on labour and right-to-work Porter Airlines strike BC’s 10-year-plan for teachers ignores court rulings, again Halifax schools face labour trouble Xstrata and Mine Mill brace for job action Blockade at Vertis in Fort Erie St.FX faculty on strike Massive EI protest on Îles-de-la-Madeleine Walmart warehouse Continue readingLabour news update – January 29 2013
This Saturday, thousands of trade unionists and their supporters will be protesting at the Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention at Allen Gardens in Toronto. The use of the now-repealed Bill 115 and the prorogation of the legislature will be the target. The action is being coordinated by the Ontario Federation of Labour and many other Continue readingRally for Rights and Democracy
In this week’s labour news update: Bill 115 & Ontario teachers OLRB ruling: Ontario government vs ETFO Idle No More Porter Airlines strike Walmart challenge in Saskatchewan New Brunswick nurses CAW drive at Toyota “New Normal” in Canadian IR Right-to-Work in Ontario Employment Insurance Temporary Foreign Worker program The Great Walmart Walkout UAW organizing at Continue readingLabour news update – January 15 2003
A group of rank-and-file OSSTF members have released this video highly critical of their union’s campaign against Bill 115 and relations with political parties. Associated with the video is a petition to push the OSSTF executive in a different direction.
Commend the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for their ongoing solidarity work at home and abroad Please support the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and their international solidarity work. CUPW has come under attack for sending delegates to the 2012 World Social Forum – Free Palestine. Emails can be sent to Dave Bleakney, email@example.com Continue readingRank and File News Update, December 17, 2012
by David Bush originally published at Rabble.ca Yesterday the Michigan legislature passed “right-to-work” legislation that would ban unions from collecting dues from all those covered by union contracts via paycheck deductions. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has said he intends to sign the bill into law. Michigan will now join 23 other states in America that Continue readingRight to work in Canada?
by Doug Nesbitt In the coming week, Ontario’s teachers, education workers and students will be turning up the heat on the Liberal minority government and Bill 115, which imposes a concessionary bargaining agenda on teachers unions and the school boards, and allows the cabinet to change tentative agreements and stop strikes without even legislative oversight. Continue readingKill Bill 115: Where is the movement going?
The Campaign Against the Rand Formula By Evert Hoogers, Donald Swartz and Rosemary Warskett It has been widely reported that Pierre Poilievre, the Federal Conservative MP for Nepean-Carleton, has launched a campaign to change the rules regarding the payment of union dues [See his November 2012 letter to his constituents]. The object of Mr. Poilievre’s Continue readingNews update, 1 December 2012
As members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) in the York Region and Upper Grand school boards prepare to vote on tentative agreements this week, many of their colleagues in other boards are urging them to vote “no.” “90% voted to strike a while back,” reads an anonymous flyer being circulated among teachers Continue readingFor Immediate Release: Teachers Urge Colleagues to Vote “No” to Tentative Agreements
Postal Workers | Ontario teachers & Bill 115 | CAW auto parts strikes THE “NO” VOTE GAINS SUPPORT AMONG POSTAL WORKERS Rankandfile.ca has received news that the executives of the Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg CUPW locals have decided to oppose the Urban Operations tentative agreement announced on October 5. This confirms informal conversations we’ve had Continue readingLabour News Brief: Postal workers, Ontario teachers, CAW auto parts strikes
By Doug Nesbitt and Andrew Stevens [Editors note: a couple of passages have been edited for clarification. Oct.8 2012] For the first time since the late 1990s, a provincial labour-related education bill has angered a substantial number of Ontarians, from students to parents and, of course, teachers. Bill 115, with the Orwellian title of “Putting Continue readingWaiting for a walkout: The end of McGuinty?