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KEEPING TRANSIT PUBLIC IN THE AGE OF AUSTERITY

By Blake McCall and Caitlin Craven

Since launching the Keep Transit Public campaign, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) has focused attention on the failures of privatization in the public sector and countered the common line that private companies manage services better.  Following on other anti-privatization campaigns springing up across the province and country (Hydro, long-term care, education) ATU has couched its argument in the economic language of efficiency.  This includes pointing to the costs of privatization and arguing that a public transit system will be cheaper in the long-run and secure ‘good’ jobs for workers. Read more!

 


HAMILTON TRANSIT IN THE AGE OF AUSTERITY

By Blake McCall and Caitlin Craven

Like all transit systems in the province, the HSR was the victim of city budget cuts in the 1990s stemming from provincial cuts under Premier Mike Harris and others.  A startling statistic is that the total number of buses on the street was higher in the 1980s than it is now, despite the city having grown in size. Read more!


HOW WORKERS ORGANIZED TO WIN BIG IN ONTARIO

By David Bush and Doug Nesbitt

After nearly three years of organizing, protesting, striking, and lobbying, a grassroots workers’ campaign in Ontario has secured a huge victory.Against the unpopular Liberal government’s commitment to neoliberal austerity and sustained opposition from a powerful business lobby, the Fight for $15 and Fairness movement won a $15 minimum wage and other significant concessions. Read more!


ONTARIO FOOD TERMINAL WORKERS STRIKE AND WIN

By Kevin Taghabon

After staying strong on the picket line, and building solidarity that helped shut down the Ontario Food Terminal, Ippolito workers have reached a deal. Workers with Teamsters Local 419 had been striking for paid sick days, fair wages, job security, and respect on the workplace. Read more!

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