Ontario teachers unions protest attacks on wages and class size

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Four teachers unions and their supporters organized picketing in Toronto Jan. 20 as part of rotating strikes across Ontario against the provincial government’s attempt to cut school funding.

BURLINGTON, Ontario — Hundreds of teachers and community supporters picketed outside the Central Public Elementary School here Jan. 23, part of province-wide, weekly rotating strikes against the Ontario government’s attempts to cut school funding. Tens of thousands of Ontario teachers,…


Quebec aircraft refuelers strike over pay and safety

Vol. 84/No. 4 - February 3, 2020
Aircraft refuelers in Quebec, on strike against Swissport Canada, and other unionists rally at company offices in Montreal Jan. 15 demanding higher pay and adequate on-the-job training.

MONTREAL — “Our main concerns are safety and wages,” Tony Digenova, International Association of Machinists Local 2301 chief steward,  told the Militant  on the picket line at the Montréal-Trudeau International airport Jan. 9. He is one of 108 aircraft supply…


CP’s oil train wreck raises specter of new Lac-Mégantic

Vol. 83/No. 48 - December 30, 2019

MONTREAL — Two weeks after 3,200 Canadian National Railway workers carried out their Nov. 19-26 strike targeting unsafe conditions pushed by the bosses, a Canadian Pacific crude oil train derailed and caught fire Dec. 9 near the town of Guernsey…


CN rail workers ‘strike for safety’ won broad backing

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
More than 50 Teamster rail strikers picket Canadian National headquarters in Montreal Nov. 26 before tentative agreement was announced. Now debate over contract begins before vote.

MONTREAL — Following a Nov. 26 tentative agreement between Teamsters Canada Rail Conference officials and Canadian National Railway bosses, the 3,200 CN conductors, including yardmen and yardmasters, returned to work Nov. 27 after an eight-day “strike for safety.” The workers…


Senior residence workers in Quebec strike for higher pay

Vol. 83/No. 46 - December 16, 2019
Workers at seniors’ residences picket during five-day strike for $15 Canadian an hour, Nov 26. Bosses insultingly claim current rate of $12.50 an hour “reflects the competencies” of workers.

MONTREAL — Some 375 workers at four private seniors’ residences in Quebec began a five-day strike for higher wages here Nov. 26. The orderlies, kitchen, janitorial, laundry and maintenance workers — members of the Quebec Union of Service Employees (SQEES)…


Striking steelworkers in British Columbia rally over concessions

Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Over 500 striking members of United Steelworkers Local 1937 and their supporters marched and rallied at Western Forest Products corporate headquarters in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Nov. 6. Workers came by busload from throughout the area. Some…


‘Strike for safety’ at CN wins widespread support

Teamsters union announces tentative agreement
Vol. 83/No. 45 - December 9, 2019
Rail workers picket CN headquarters in Montreal Nov. 26 shortly before tentative agreement announced. Fight for safety for workers and surrounding communities was at center of strike.

MONTREAL — “I believe that this strike is important for my safety as well as the community,” conductor Yohan St-Amant told Militant worker-correspondents bringing solidarity to the Canadian National Railway picket at the rail yard in Shawinigan, Quebec, Nov. 23.…


Meatpackers in Quebec strike for higher wages

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019

PRINCEVILLE, Quebec — Some 350 meatpackers at Olymel’s pork kill and cut plant here have been on strike since Oct. 29, demanding higher wages like at other Olymel plants in Quebec. The workers are members of the Confederation of National…


Support Canadian rail workers strike!

Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019

All workers have a stake in backing the strike waged by unionists at Canadian National Railway against bosses’ attempts to cut rest periods, increase overtime and continue dangerous remote control operations in rail yards. Use the Militant’s coverage to let…


Back CN rail workers, Asarco strikers fights!

3,200 Canadian National rail workers strike for safety
Vol. 83/No. 44 - December 2, 2019
Canadian National rail workers picket in Brampton, Ontario, Nov. 19, part of strike for safety.

MONTREAL — Carrying Teamsters union placards and homemade signs saying “Strike for safety” and “We’re tired of being tired,” more than 3,000 Canadian National Railway train conductors, trainpersons and yard workers went on strike across the country Nov. 19, bringing…