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WINNIPEG BAKERS RISE UP AGAINST MULTINATIONAL

By James Wilt

Over 200 workers at the Aryzta factory in North Winnipeg are entering their second week of striking for increased wages and a return to eight-hour shifts.

The strike began at 8 am on April 30. Since then, the UFCW Local 832 members have ensured 24-hour coverage at the twin picket lines — one at the front entrance and another at the delivery gates — reflecting the employer’s recent decision to move to round-the-clock production and require 12-hour shifts without any increase in pay. Striking workers have been rotating in six-hour shifts. Read more!


FIGHTING FOR THE UNION, FIGHTING SYSTEMIC RACISM IN HALIFAX

By Robert Devet

As traffic infractions go, driving with a (lightly) tinted front window must be pretty low on the seriousness scale. At least, that is what Jason MacLean, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU)  always assumed. After all, he had interacted with police several times while driving that same truck, and no officer ever deemed it even worth mentioning. Read more!

 


OKLAHOMA TEACHERS STRIKE AND WIN

By Samantha Winslow

Fresh on the heels of the West Virginia strike, Oklahoma teachers in April led their own nine-day statewide walkout.

Just the threat of a walkout got the legislature to approve teacher raises averaging $6,000. But educators were demanding more, to address decades of cuts. Read more!

 

 


FIGHTING FOR TORONTO PUBLIC TRANSIT IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION

By Herman Rosenfeld

Many of us in the Toronto public transit movement are looking upon the June 7 Ontario provincial election with a combination of gloom and a glimmer of possibility. Gloom, because the lead that the Ford-led PC’s have promises to signal a roll back of many of the important but moderate gains we have made in the past few years, and transform our struggle to move forward, into defending those gains. Read more!

 

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