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By Rawan Abdelbaki

Following a wave of labour revolts in recent weeks by teachers and university workers in the Western world – from West Virginia to Louisiana, and Chicago to the United Kingdom and Ottawa, the members of CUPE 3903 – representing teaching assistants (Unit 1), contract faculty (Unit 2), and graduate assistants (Unit 3) – voted to take strike action after rejecting the employer’s final offer on Friday, March 2, 2018.

The rank-and-file’s decision came after six months of negotiations with York University’s recalcitrant administration. Despite the union’s willingness to bargain over the weekend to prevent the commencement of a strike on Monday, March 5, York refused to return to the bargaining table. Against mounting pressure, York made a return to the table during the third week of the strike, after which they once again walked away without reaching a settlement. Read more!


By David Bush

The Liberals’ budget, tabled on March 28, highlighted a number of new spending promises: a drug and dental-care program for people without existing coverage, an OHIP+ pharmacare program and new spending for seniors, a very modest increase in social assistance rates, new money for healthcare and most impactful a free childcare program for kids over 2.5 years. The budget contained no new taxes on the wealthy, but on balance it cemented the Liberal strategy of tacking to the left in the lead up to the election. Read more!


By Jason Edwards

Two weeks ago, a story came to light about seven cleaners who had received notice of layoff after the contractor who employed them lost the cleaning contract at central Halifax’s Founders Square.

Of the eight cleaners who had been working at the site, all seven of African dissent were given notice of layoff. A single white crewmember was told he would kept on.

On Friday, March 23, the cleaners announced that they would be filing a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Read more!


By Gerard Di Trolio

Lane Windham convincingly shows that the history of U.S. unions in the late 1970s and early 1980s is not one of stagnation that easily led Ronald Reagan to declare war on them and win. There were significant organizing drives led by women and people of colour that showed the possibility of union renewal.

In the 1970s more women were entering the workforce and jobs that were either limited or practically unobtainable to African Americans began to open up because of civil rights legislation and affirmative action that an earlier generation of black and left labor activists helped to bring about. Read more!

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