By Dan DiMaggio When a contract expires, the no-strike and binding arbitration clauses are no longer in effect. That means unions that keep working without a contract can strike over grievances that happen after contract expiration, as several Communications Workers locals at AT&T have done this year. CWA Local 4322 members in Dayton, Ohio, struck May Continue readingStriking over grievances when the contract’s up
strategy & tactics
Accounting firm, KPMG, has been in the press lately. In September, allegations surfaced that KPMG had been involved in developing an offshore tax “sham” to help wealthy Canadian families avoid paying taxes. Two years ago the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) had even obtained a judicial order demanding that KPMG give up the names of their Continue readingShould unions ditch KPMG?
By Gerard Di Trolio Noted sociology professor and long time labour movement activist Stanley Aronowitz has written a critical and accessible analysis of the labour movement in the United States. In The Death and Life of American Labor: Towards a New Workers’ Movement, Aronowitz surveys the decline and mistakes of the labour movement in the Continue readingBook Review: The Death and Life of American Labor
By Doug Nesbitt Scabs, strikebreakers, finks, rats. There are a lot of more appropriate names for what the press, politicians and employers call “replacement workers.” Scabs are people who cross picket lines to do the work of those on strike or locked out. Scabs include outside people hired by the employer, or people who belong Continue readingWhat are we going to do about scabbing?
Our members want to be engaged but they’re not sure how By Tiffany Balducci President, CUPE 960 Unions know how to negotiate contracts with unfair and greedy employers, but how do they engage their own members? In order to remain relevant in 2015 and beyond, the labour movement must connect meaningfully with their rank-and-file members Continue readingFrom popsicles to pledge cards
by David Bush and Doug Nesbitt Fourteen months have passed since Canada Post announced its radical overhaul of the postal service. Canada Post is still sticking to its plans of eliminating home delivery across the country, cutting 8,000 jobs, jacking up prices, and closing sorting depots across the country. In fact, Canada Post has accelerated Continue readingThe Canada Post Fight: News Round-Up
By Ellen David Friedman Healthy unions should welcome workplace discontent. Stewards can turn discontent into campaigns that build workplace power. Sometimes, though, too much unproductive discontent is floating around. Maybe there’s a culture that supports bitching but no action; maybe there are tensions among co-workers that prevent cooperation. Here’s a look at two cases and what a steward Continue readingWhen Bad Gripes Happen to Good Stewards
The Graphic History Collective has published a new comic about the Ontario Days of Action: the major protests and strikes against the right-wing Harris government in the 1990s and a major turning point for labour and social justice movements in Ontario. The new comic is another great addition to the Graphic History Collective’s growing list Continue readingThe Ontario Days of Action: A Graphic History
Dave Bush and Doug Nesbitt Last week news broke that the 17-month lock out of IKEA workers in Richmond, British Columbia had ended. On one hand this was a welcome bit of news. After reaching an impasse several times, mediation helped the union and IKEA to hammer out a deal. On the other hand the Continue readingIKEA workers stood tall while labour movement stood still
A Report Back from the Good Jobs Summit in Toronto By Alex Hunsberger From Oct. 3 to 5, approximately 1000 participants gathered at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to engage in a discussion about what is happening in the job market – what are good jobs, why are they disappearing, and how can labour and Continue readingGood Jobs or Bad Strategy?
By David Bush The Peoples’ Social Forum that took place last week had a large labour presence among the thousands who attended. There were numerous – too many to count- workshops, panels and larger assemblies that dealt directly with issues confronting the labour movement. The labour movement assembly was organized by the Take Back the Continue readingWhat next for Take Back the CLC?
by Doug Nesbitt Locked out for thirteen months, over three hundred IKEA workers in Richmond, BC are still holding out. While setting record profits in 2013, IKEA is trying to impose a two-tier wage system and seriously weaken benefits. The stakes are high as IKEA Richmond sets workplace standards for non-union IKEA stores. Of the Continue readingBoycott IKEA: Some Assembly Required