Steelworkers in New Brunswick fight Glencore lockout

Vol. 83/No. 41 - November 11, 2019
United Steelworkers Local 7085 members, locked out by Glencore smelter in Belledune, New Brunswick, rally Oct. 8 in fight for job safety, outstanding back pay, against attack on pensions.

MONTREAL — Some 280 members of United Steelworkers Local 7085, locked out since April 24 by Glencore at its smelter in Belledune, New Brunswick, are determined to continue their fight. Workers had voted by 96% to strike. Hours before this…


Lac-Mégantic: Profits before people’s safety — once again

Vol. 83/No. 36 - October 7, 2019
July 6, 2013, day of train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people. Upper left is Tafisa, largest particle board plant in North America. Plant depends on tracks that were rebuilt through center of town weeks after explosion and fire, while town center was razed.

LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec — “This is proof once more, that we are not safe in Lac-Mégantic,” Robert Bellefleur, spokeperson for Lac-Mégantic Citizens Coalition and Organizations for Rail Safety, told CBC News after two train derailments took place here Aug. 24. They…


Canadian postal workers protest gov’t order to go back to work

Vol. 82/No. 47 - December 17, 2018
Members of Canadian Union of Postal Workers picket St. Laurent sorting plant near Montreal Oct. 30. The workers conducted rotating strikes for six weeks demanding increased hiring, end to forced overtime. Workers rallied Dec. 1 against government order to go back to work.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After six weeks of rotating strike actions, the federal government Nov. 26 ordered some 50,000 members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to work. The legislation rushed through made further strike action illegal.  “Christmas…


British Columbia workers strike casino bosses over pay, dignity

Vol. 82/No. 31 - August 20, 2018

PENTICTON, British Columbia — Members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union struck four casinos in the Okanagan region June 29. Over 675 cashiers, dealers, kitchen staff and others are demanding higher wages. This worker correspondent and two…


British Columbia: Hard Rock Casino strikers win solidarity

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018

COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Some 400 members of the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union, who have been on strike since May 11, voted by a 55 percent margin July 4 to reject a new proposal by Hard Rock…


Pickets in Canada target Tim Hortons coffee chain takebacks

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — At dozens of locations across Canada unionists and other workers picketed outlets of the Tim Hortons coffee chain Jan. 19. They were protesting the decision by some franchise owners to take back health benefits and paid…