Unions are one of the only remaining democratic institutions under capitalism strong enough to take on neoliberal policies. But are unions rising to the challenge? Especially when it comes to young workers? Faced with an increased casualization of work and chronic unemployment, young workers have less and less access to unions and to unionized workplaces. Continue readingWeekend Video: Unions, capitalism, young workers
On May 18 the longtime Detroit union activist, General Baker passed. He was one of the first to openly oppose the the draft during the Vietnam war. Baker was also one of the key organizers and founders of both the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement in 1968 and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in 1969. Continue readingWeekend Video: Remembering General Baker
In 1965, postal workers across Canada and Quebec launched their historic wildcat strike. They forced the federal government to extend the right to strike and bargain collectively to the public sector. They also had to take on their professional organization whose leaders opposed the strike and the desire of workers to establish a democratic union Continue readingWeekend Video: The 1965 postal workers wildcat strike
The following video is an interview done after the two day postal banking symposium put on by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Ottawa on April 26 -27. Greg Macdougall interviewed two experts on postal banking: -George Collins is a Logistics Organiser with EPMU in New Zealand. -John Anderson, author of CCPA report on postal Continue readingWeekend Video: Postal Banking at Canada Post?
The Nova Scotia Liberals have passed Bill 37, cutting labour out from the knees, and attacking a healthcare workforce of mainly women in a province recently rocked by a string of incidents exposing how deeply sexism is rooted in our institutions and our daily lives. In the first video, nurses speak out about how Bill Continue readingWeekend Videos: Fighting Bill 37
As part of a new workers protest movement emerging out of the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, organized labour has been coordinating large town halls on the EI changes brought about by the Harper government. The town halls are providing an open floor for people to share their experiences and concerns, as well as discuss and Continue readingCape Breton workers speak out against EI changes