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Unionizing in 2014: Let's stop comparing efforts

Photo: flickr/John MacDonald

Almost every story about the attempt by Unifor to organize two Toyota plants in Cambridge, as well as one in Woodstock, raises the specter of a failed organization drive by United Auto Workers (UAW) at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

However, Cambridge and Woodstock are not Chattanooga.


Unifor Rights at Work LIVESTREAM

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Delta Halifax - Bluenose Ballroom
1990 Barrington Street http://livestream.com/rabbletv
Halifax, NS
44° 39' 1.6776" N, 63° 34' 32.628" W

How do we defend our Rights at Work?

LIVESTREAM: Wednesday February 26
1pm AT | 12pm ET - livestream.com/rabbletv

Unifor is organizing a series of leadership meetings right across the country – and we will be live streaming our meeting in Halifax on February 26.

Unions exist to make conditions for workers fairer and safer, across all sectors and workplaces.

February 3, 2014 |
“I have been through your plan, and quite simply the numbers just don’t add up,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias wrote in his letter to Hudak today.

President of the OFL talks 'right to work' laws, union attacks and diversity

Photo: OFL Communications

It’s the Friday afternoon on the last day of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) convention and Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, is tired. For a week he’s been leading the convention through its paces, which included a protest to raise the minimum wage and a whole host of eminent speakers, including Maude Barlow and the Official Opposition leader, Thomas Mulcair.

Most significantly, delegates voted to approve a new common front plan that will see the OFL expand its activism outside of its traditional labour scope.

Ryan’s exhaustion is then understandable -- but even after working hard for a week, he’s still ready to talk about labour issues. This is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.



Trish Hennessy

The middle class could soon be up for sale in Ontario

| November 12, 2013

Ontario's labour plans and 'right to work' laws: Filled with truth, lies or just bullshit?

Recently, the corporate lobby The Fraser Institute issued a "study" advocating that Canada follow low-wage American states like Mississippi and Alabama in passing a law allowing unionized employees to opt out of paying dues for services and benefits provided by a union. To justify this argument, the Institute made the peculiar claim that changing an obscure law on union dues collection would bring billions of dollars of new investment to Ontario! Wow, that’s one powerful little law!


September 23, 2013 |
Tim Hudak says he wants to ‘modernize' Ontario laws, but rather than taking us into the future his proposals would send us back to the Great Depression.
Trish Hennessy

Lowering our standards for workers' rights

| September 3, 2013

Prime Your Mind for Resistance to the "Right to Work" Lie

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:00pm


USW Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W

Bankers get bailed out, corporations get incentives, workers get attacked... and 'right to work' laws threaten to take this much further

Join us for a discussion on

* What 'Right to Work' Is really about
* How a weakened labour movement can really resist this
* What kind of labour movement will reverse the present downward slide


Speakers (to be followed by audience discussion):

  • JOHN CARTWIGHT, President Toronto and York Region Labour Council
  • SONIA SINGH, Workers' Action Centre
  • SAM GINDIN, Retired research director, CAW

Sponsored by: Labour Committee, Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly

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