Key Union Struggles: building the fightback

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 23:00 to Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 02:00

As the economic crisis continues, governments and employers are bringing in
austerity measures, lowering our living standards and working conditions. A
number of unionized workplaces are particular targets, and have the
potential to become key centres of resistance. Listen to and engage with
representatives from:
- Local 1005 Hamilton Steelworkers (facing a lockout and concession demands
at US Steel);
- City of Toronto Municipal Workers from Local 416 (bargaining with the new
Ford administration in Toronto);
- Canadian Union of Postal Workers (dealing with concession-laden bargaining

We will:
- Explore what key labour struggles tell us about the general strategy of
business and governments;
- Look at their potential for building resistance across the labour movement
and working class as whole;
- Consider the strategies and political approaches needed to win;
- Build for the January 29th/30th Workers' Assembly Labour Conference

Participate in smaller group discussions, providing a space to analyze,
strategize and build.


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