Solidarity builds for locked-out Quebec aluminum workers

Vol. 82/No. 14 - April 9, 2018

BÉCANCOUR, Quebec — “We will fight for our rights. Through the struggle we have the opportunity to meet other workers and solidify the fight,” Danny Pilotte, a foundry worker, one of over 1,000 locked-out ABI Bécancour aluminum workers, told Communist…



Agreement ends final case against Quebec rail worker

Vol. 82/No. 9 - March 5, 2018

On Jan. 19 locomotive engineer Tom Harding and train traffic controller Richard Labrie, members of United Steelworkers Local 1976, won acquittal by a jury on frame-up charges of criminal negligence for the deaths of 47 people in the July 2013…


School bus drivers in Quebec fight for higher wages

Vol. 82/No. 7 - February 19, 2018
School bus drivers in Montreal picket Transco, part of multinational First Student company, Jan. 31. Drivers also struck against company in Seattle, California and Manchester, England.

MONTREAL — Some 100 school bus drivers braved freezing cold to conduct a spirited rally in front of the Transco headquarters here Jan. 31. The drivers, members of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) held the rally as part…


Workers rally against lockout at Quebec aluminum smelter

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018
Unionists at ABI smelter in Bécancour, Quebec, hold mass picket Jan. 12, day after ABI locked out 1,000 workers. Bosses were turned back after half an hour trying to get into plant.

BÉCANCOUR, Quebec — In a move that surprised both workers and United Steelworkers Local 9700 union officials, ABI aluminum smelter bosses here locked out over 1,000 workers at 3 a.m. Jan. 11. The workers had overwhelmingly voted down the bosses’…


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…


Canada: Diab wins freedom, challenges extradition laws

Vol. 82/No. 6 - February 12, 2018

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After spending three years and two months in a French prison without being convicted of any crime, Hassan Diab, 64, a university professor from Ottawa, was released Jan. 12 and returned to Canada. No charges had…


Communist League: Celebrate victory over frame-up!

Vol. 82/No. 5 - February 5, 2018

The following statement was released Jan. 21 by John Steele, spokesperson for the Communist League in Canada. Working people across the country and beyond should celebrate the Jan. 19 “not guilty” verdicts in the frame-up trial of locomotive engineer Tom…


Canada rail workers win fight against frame-up

Vol. 82/No. 5 - February 5, 2018

SHERBROOKE, Quebec — The rail bosses and federal government were handed a stinging defeat when the three-and-a-half-month frame-up trial of locomotive engineer Tom Harding and train traffic controller Richard Labrie, both members of United Steelworkers Local 1976, and low-level former…