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By Tannara Yelland

Bike couriers deliver food in cold weather and hot, and when the weather is the worst, demand for their services is highest. Nobody wants to be outside when it’s -40, but for workers doing a precarious job with no security, that demand often translates into feeling compelled to work in unpleasant or downright dangerous conditions. After the brutally cold winter that started 2018 began to subside, a group of Foodora bike couriers met in a downtown Toronto park to commiserate over just that situation.

Barely a year later, those first park meetings have resulted in what may be a landmark moment for Canadian labour: Foodora couriers announced on May 1 their intention to unionize with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. If successful, they would be the first group of “gig economy” workers in the country to exert their right to organize. Read more!


Today on Rank & File Radio, teachers and students fighting for quality, public education. We’ll hear from Megan Linton, from the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students, on creating a prairie solidarity network for students to connect, share knowledge and organizing skills.

And we’ll hear an excerpt of my interview with Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teacher’s Strike Wave and Working Class Politics. It’s a brand new book documenting the massive illegal teachers strikes in 2018 in West Virginia, Arizona, and Oklahoma. These illegal strikes saw massive gains for teachers and public sector workers. Read more!


By Kevin Taghabon

“General Motors is not the solution. General Motors is the problem,” loud applause followed autoworker Tony Leah’s declaration at the front of the room at IBEW Hall. His speech was part of an event, Nationalize General Motors: Oshawa’s Green New Deal.

The evening served as the first organizing meeting for a grassroots campaign to encourage government action at GM Oshawa. Allies from across Durham Region came to get involved, including people from health, education, and other public services. They hope to turn the GM’s future in Canada into a 2019 federal election issue. Read more!


By Jesse McLaren

Just a few weeks after thousands of teachers, students and others rallied against Ford’s cuts to education, the Ontario Health Coalition is hosting another mass rally at Queen’s Park on April 30—this time against Ford’s attacks on healthcare. Ford was elected on a mandate to support the people, listen to health providers and end hallway medicine. But he is doing the opposite: supporting corporations, listening to CEOs, and aggravating health care. While the focus of the rally will be Bill 74 that sets the stage for privatization, the Conservatives have also undermined health with Bill 47 Read more!

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