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INDEX 2017


WORKERS' FORUM: 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |Recent

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January 12, 2017

Workers Discuss Bedrock Plan Sponsor Agreement to Purchase Stelco
Steelworkers Stand Firm in Defence of Rights
Rally -- Stand Up for Jobs, Pensions and Benefits

Need for a New Direction for the Economy
Canada's Economic Model -- Part One

January 19, 2017

January 26, 2017

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February 2, 2017

State-Organized Attempts to Impose Concessions
Oppose Attack on Essar Algoma Steelworkers' Right to Strike

Outaouais Public Transit Workers Confront Attacks on Working Conditions
- A Gatineau Bus Driver

Workers' Struggle for Their Health and Safety in the Workplace
Stop the Tragedies in the Trucking Industry - Normand Chouinard
New York Construction Workers Ask "How Many More Must Die!"

February 9, 2017

Use of Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act Against Steelworkers
Exposure of CCAA as Legalized Theft

Who Controls Resource Extraction and for Whose Benefit
Saskatchewan Uranium Workers Reel from Layoffs and Other Attacks
- K.C. Adams

Resistance of Teachers and Education Workers to Anti-Social Offensive
Nova Scotia Teachers Vote on Tentative Agreement - Mira Katz

Fight of Cold Lake Seniors' Care Workers
Workers Defend Their Rights and Quality Care for Seniors - Peggy Askin
Uphold the Rights of Seniors and Their Caregivers

February 16, 2017

Nova Scotia Government Introduces Legislation to
Impose Contract on Teachers
Stand with Nova Scotia Teachers in Defence of Their Rights and Quality Public Education for All! - Mira Katz
McNeil Government's Anti-Education Legislation Results in Province-Wide Teacher Strike - Nova Scotia Teachers Union

Ontario Court of Appeal Denies Benefits to Stelco Retirees
Vindictive Abuse of Canada's Seniors
Denying Worker Pensions and Retiree Benefits Is Criminal - K.C. Adams
Workers Are the Essential Human Factor in the Economy - Rolf Gerstenberger
Excerpts from Ontario Court of Appeal Order Denying Benefits to Stelco Retirees

Manitoba Government Austerity and Privatization Agenda
Oppose Use of Legislature to Attack Public Sector Workers! - Peggy Morton

Quebec Paramedics on Strike
An Important Fight Against Downward Pressure on the Conditions of All
- Pierre Chénier

February 23, 2017

Quebec Steelworkers Resist Attacks on Their Pension Plans
Defend the Unity and Dignity of the Working Class
Uniting in the Fight to Defend the Rights of All
The Strike at CEZinc - K.C. Adams

Canadian Pacific Expands Use of Office Workers to Drive Trains
Hold CP and Federal Government to Account for Attacks on Workers and Rail Communities - Pierre Chénier

Nova Scotia Government Legislates Contracts for Teachers
Working People of Nova Scotia Reject Government Dictate and Violation of Rights

Meetings on Future of Forestry in BC
Stand Up for Our Jobs, Forests and Communities!

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MARCH 2017

March 2, 2017

March 9, 2017

CCAA Court's Autocratic Dictate
Algoma Steelworkers Pushed to the Brink
Statement of USW Local 2251 Negotiating Committee
Hamilton Steelworkers' Picket Against CCAA Legalized Theft

Struggle for the Dignity and Rights of the Unemployed
A Canadian Standard of Living for All Unemployed Workers! - Pierre Chénier

Quebec Unemployed Defence Organizations Launch Campaign -- Abolish the "Black Hole"! - Line Sirois

March 16, 2017

Build the Independent Politics of the Working Class to Defend Its Rights
Stelco President's Fantasy Letter on Bedrock Proposal - Rolf Gerstenberger
Steelworker Killed at U.S. Steel's Granite City Mill - K.C. Adams

Strike at CEZinc Refinery
Workers Step Up Actions to Defend Their Rights - Pierre Chénier

March 23, 2017

Algoma Steelworkers Confront Kangaroo Court
Bankruptcy Court Judge Drunk with Police Power
Essar Global Letter
No Means No! 

Finding a Way Forward for the Forestry Sector
Successful Meetings on Forestry in Central and Northern British Columbia

Strike of Quebec Paramedics
Support Paramedics' Just Demands!

March 30, 2017

Standing Committee on International Trade Meets to Discuss the Steel Industry

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APRIL 2017

April 6, 2017

April 13, 2017

Parliament's Standing Committee on International Trade
Confessions of the Stelco President - Rolf Gerstenberger

Opposition Grows to New Round of Attacks by Canada Post
Postal Workers' Protest at Laval West Depot 

April 20, 2017

Truckers Defend Their Rights
The Fight for Legal Recognition - Normand Chouinard
Petition Tabled in Parliament

New Bid for Ownership and Control of Algoma Steel
Failures Underscore Necessity for New Direction for the Economy - K.C. Adams

April 27, 2017

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MAY 2017

May 4, 2017

First Anniversary of Fort McMurray Wildfire
Salute to the People of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo Region - Peggy Askin

CEZinc Workers Rally in Toronto
Hands Off Our Pensions! Workers Stand as One!

Interview with Montreal Blue Collar Workers
Workers' Campaign to Defend Municipal Employees - Nicolas De Ciccio, Coordinator of "Auxiliary Action," Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal

Imperialist Interference in Venezuela
Stand with Venezuelan Auto Workers and Government in Holding GM to Account!
- Margaret Villamizar 

Note to Readers

May 11, 2017

Growing Opposition to Federal Anti-Pension Legislation
Workers Organize Actions in Ottawa Demanding a Secure Pension for All
- Louis Lang
Ottawa Retirees Won't Stand for Anti-Pension Bill C-27, They Will "Sit-In"
Against It - Ottawa Committee for Pension Security

Quebec Paramedics' Strike
Workers Intensify Actions in Defence of Their Rights

Essar Steel Algoma Bankruptcy Protection Fraud
Instability and Bitter Infighting Amongst Oligarchs
Crisis in Sault Ste. Marie's Finances

May 18, 2017

Injured Workers Demand Canadian Standard Compensation
"We Are Working on a Provincial Campaign to Reform the Compensation
System to Fulfill Its Mandate"
- Karl Crevar, Ontario Representative, Canadian Injured Workers' Alliance
"We Want to Restore Balance at WorkSafe New Brunswick" - Patrick Colford, President, New Brunswick Federation of Labour

Canadians' Need for Their Own Steel Industry
New Class-Action Lawsuits Against U.S. Steel
U.S. Steel Faces Historic Necessity for Change - K.C. Adams

May 25, 2017

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JUNE 2017

June 1, 2017

Quebec Government Adopts Back-to-Work Legislation to Smash
Construction Workers' Strike
Step Up the Struggle to Defend the Rights of Workers and the Rights of All
State Interference in Favour of Employers
Finding Practical Solutions and Mechanisms to Ensure Workers Can Exercise Their Rights Without State Repression - Richard Goyette, Social Justice Lawyer and Former Executive Director, FTQ-Construction

Consequences of Trade War in Forestry Industry
U.S. Empire Seizes Tembec Inc.
Further Concentration of Social Wealth and Control in the Forestry Sector

June 8, 2017

June 15, 2017

Court Approves Stelco's Plan of Arrangement
Steelworkers Stand Firmly Against the Oligarchs and Their State
- Rolf Gerstenberger

CCAA Judge Approves Stelco Plan of Arrangement to Exit Bankruptcy Protection - Workers' Forum Reporter

Letter to the Editor
Re: Will Stelco Be American Enough?

Opposition in Ontario to Privatization of Public Assets
Workers Demonstrate in Support of Court Challenge to Privatization of Hydro One
"This Is Our Common Property. They Did Not Run an Election on It. They Have No Right to Sell It!" - Interview, Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario

June 22, 2017

Stelco/Bedrock Plan of Arrangement
The State Deprives Steelworkers of Their Right to Sum Up Failures of U.S. Steel and Chart a New Direction - K.C. Adams
Plan of Arrangement Attacks Steelworkers, Salaried Workers, the Steel Communities and Canada's Economy and Independence

Government Response to Truckers' Request for Recognition of Their Profession
"Everything's Fine, Just Fine." - Normand Chouinard

Liquor Control Board of Ontario
This Fight Is About Justice, Dignity and a Condemnation of Liberal Hypocrisy
- A Reader in Toronto

Quebec Paramedics Continue Strike for Their Just Demands
Government's Refusal to Negotiate Is Despicable - Pierre Chénier

Special Edition, June 29, 2017

Redistribution of Value in the Stelco/Bedrock Plan of Arrangement
State-Sanctioned Theft of What Belongs to Workers and Canadians by Right
- K.C. Adams

June 29, 2017

Intense Propaganda for Privatization of Ports
Neo-Liberal Wreckers Portrayed as Think Tanks and Experts

Churchill, Manitoba Left Stranded
Residents and Neighbouring Communities Demand Immediate Assistance and Change of Ownership Model for Railway and Port - Pierre Chénier

"The Airport is Increasingly Defined as a Precarious Workplace and We Are Fighting to Improve Labour Standards - Dan Janssen, Toronto Airport Workers' Council and Vice-President of International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers Local 2323

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JULY 2017

July 6, 2017

Quebec Trade Union Alliance in Construction Challenges Law Outlawing Strike
Construction Workers Defend Their Rights Against Arbitrariness and State Repression

The Fight for Health Care as a Right
People Demand Adequate Funding for McGill University Health Centre

July 13, 2017

Government Amendments to Canadian Aviation Regulations
Trudeau Government Abdicates Social Responsibility for Aviation Safety
- Pierre Chénier

Pilots Severely Criticize Transport Canada's New Regulations

4th Anniversary of the Railway Tragedy at Lac-Mégantic
Lac-Mégantic Residents Demand Railway Security

Opposition to Public-Private Health Care Facilities in Newfoundland-Labrador
"A Government Is Supposed to Provide Good, Strong, Wholesome Public Services " - Interview, Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador

July 20, 2017

U.S. Owner Omnitrax Refuses to Repair Railway Line Vital to People in
Northern Manitoba
Omnitrax and Governments Must Be Held Accountable!

Compensation Is a Right for All Workers Killed, Injured or Made Sick at Work
General Electric Workers Demand Compensation for Years of Exposure to Toxins

Government-Sanctioned Theft of What Belongs to Workers
and Others by Right!
Sears Canada Files for CCAA Bankruptcy Protection
Sears Canada's Unilateral Changes to Terms of Employment

July 27, 2017 

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September 7, 2017

Nova Scotia
Government Proclaims Bill 148, Public Services Sustainability (2015) Act
- Interview, Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government
and General Employees Union 

September 14, 2017

September 18, 2017

September 28, 2017

The Assault on Stelco Workers' Rights
Taking Environmental Remediation Off the Balance Sheet  - K.C. Adams

Public Sector Workers Protest Nova Scotia Bill 148
Workers Demand the Right to Determine Their Living and Working Conditions
We Must Be the Decision-Makers! - Kevin Corkill, Nova Scotia Public Service Worker

Parliamentary Hearings on Changes to Transportation Act
The Real Aim of Bill C-49 - Pierre Chénier

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October 5, 2017

Is Yet Another Fraud Unfolding at Stelco?
Bedrock Files Prospectus to Sell Shares in Stelco

Bombardier's Attempt to Enter U.S. Airline Market
Boeing Aerospace Monopoly Uses U.S. State to Crush Its Competitor

October 12, 2017

Support Workers Locked Out by Max Aicher for Four Years
The Disgusting and Tragic History of MANA in Hamilton - Bill Good,
Retired Bar Mill Local 1005 Activist

Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Teachers Demand Their Right to Decide - Kevin Corkill
Workers Must Be the Decisive Factor in Determining Their Wages and Working Conditions
Coming Event -- Life in Nova Scotia with Stephen McNeil and the Liberals Is No Picnic!

October 19, 2017

Public Sector Workers Affirm Their Right to Decide
Nova Scotia Workers Continue Resistance to Liberal Government's
- Kevin Corkill 

All Out to Stand With Ontario College Faculty! - David Starbuck

Opposition to Federal Anti-Worker Regulations
Defence Organizations of Unemployed Workers and Unions Demand Abolition of Arbitrary Appeals Tribunal - Pierre Chénier
"We Are Demanding Deep Changes to the Employment Insurance Appeal Process" - Interview: Sylvain Bergeron, Coordinator of Actions and Services Working in Unity with the Unemployed, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec

Justice for Injured Workers!
Compensation Is a Right! - Peggy Morton
Response to Alberta Workers' Compensation Board Review Panel Recommendations

October 26, 2017

Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All!
Liquidation of Sears Canada Is Nation-Wrecking

Quebec National Week of the Unemployed -- October 22-28
Unemployed Workers Demand Significant Improvements to Employment Insurance

One-Day Strike by Early Childhood Centre Workers in Quebec on October 30
"The Government, with its Austerity Measures, Is Taking Us Back 30 Years. We Are Determined Not to Let this Happen." - Interview, Louise Labrie, Member of National ECC-CNTU Negotiating Committee

Ontario College Faculty Stand Firm for the Rights of All
Demand that the College Employer Council Return to the Bargaining Table
Precarious Contract Teaching Has to Stop!
Rallies Organized Across Ontario to Support the College Faculty Strike
Certain Media Attacking College Faculty's Right to Strike
Online Petitions
Be Vigilant on the Picket Line

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November 2, 2017

Education Workers Say No! to Attacks on Their Working Conditions 
All Out to Support Striking Ontario College Faculty!
Take Up the Demand to Stop Paying the Rich; Increase Investments in Education!
Quebec Early Childhood Centre Workers Hold One-Day Strike

Legalized Theft of Workers Pensions and Benefits Must be Stopped!
Hamilton Workers Rally in Support of Sears Workers

Workers Hold Governments' to Account for Regulating on
Behalf of the Monopolies
New Brunswick Workers Press Their Demands on Workers' Compensation
"Regulations Play an Important Role in Safeguarding Our Communities"
- Interview, Fred Hahn, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario

Coming Events
Join Celebrations of the Centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution!

November 9, 2017

Opening Remarks for Bill C-384, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act  - Scott Duvall MP for Hamilton Mountain

Ontario College Employer Council Forced Strike Vote
Negotiate Don't Dictate!
An Increase in Ontario College Funding is Just and Necessary for a
Modern Society
- David Starbuck
Statement of OPSEU College Faculty Negotiating Team - November 6, 2017
Queen's Park Rally Expresses Support for Striking College Faculty

November 16, 2017
Results of Vote Forced on Ontario College Faculty
Faculty Overwhelmingly Vote No!
Support for College Faculty Grows

Minister Matthews' Schemes - Mira Katz
The Government, College Employer Council and Ontario Labour Relations Board: Three Sides of the Same Coin - David Starbuck

Stelco Results for Third Quarter 2017
Stelco Brags of Being "Low Cost" - K.C. Adams

Nova Scotia Classroom Council Sets Its Sights on Absenteeism
Oppose the McNeil Liberals' Criminalization of Youth! - Kevin Corkill

Food and Service Workers Fight for Their Rights
BC University Workers Stand Up to Global Food Service Monopoly
Food Terminal Workers in Ontario Strike for Better Wages and Working Conditions

November 23, 2017

Biennial Convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour
Settling Scores with Our Own Ruling Class
Challenges Facing Ontario Workers - Enver Villamizar

Ontario Liberals and PCs Pass Back-to-Work Legislation Against
Striking College Faculty
Negotiate Don't Dictate!
Congratulations to All Those Who Fought to Affirm the Rights of All! - David Starbuck

Finance Minister Morneau's Company Takes Control of Stelco Pensions
Parasites Feeding Off Workers' Pensions
Administration of Stelco Pensions for a Contracted User Fee

Striking Quebec Metallurgical Workers Step Up National and
International Campaign
Step Up Support for CEZinc Workers Fighting for Their Dignity
and Rights! - Pierre Chénier

Propaganda About Labour Shortage in the Trucking Industry
Truckers Discuss the Necessity to Organize to Defend Their Rights Under All Conditions - Normand Chouinard

November 30, 2017

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December 7, 2017

Stop State-Organized Abuse of Our Sick and Injured Workers!
Uphold the Dignity of Labour -- Defend the Rights of All! - K.C. Adams

No to Violating the Right to Conscience!
Four Ontario Faculty Suspended for Refusing to Submit to College Dictate
Violating Teachers' Right to Conscience Is Unacceptable - Enver Villamizar
Suspensions at La Cité Show Why "Academic Freedom" Matters - Ontario Public Service Employee's Union

Discrimination Against Women Still on the Agenda
Rights Are Not Negotiable!
Trudeau Government's Self-Serving Refusal to Reverse Harper Era Anti-Union Anti-Women Legislation - Peggy Morton

Quebec Paramedics Step Up Their Struggle for
Conditions Commensurate with the Important Work They Do
Paramedics Block Access to Quebec Ministry of Health to
Demand Negotiations Be Unblocked - Pierre Chénier

December 14, 2017

December 21, 2017

To Affirm Their Rights, Workers Need the Collective Power to Deprive
Employers and Their State Deprive Construction Workers of Their Rights
Quebec Construction Workers Fight for Healthy and Safe Conditions
- Interview, Simon Lévesque, Health and Safety Director, FTQ-Construction

Maritime Workers Take Action to Oppose Trudeau Government's Anti-National Preclearance Act
"We are Going to Have to Fight It Through the Regulations"
- Interview, Rob Ashton, President, International Longshore and
Warehouse Union, Canada

Health Care is a Right!
Ontario Paramedics Raise Concerns Over Changes to Ambulance Act
- Interview, Jason Fraser, Chair, Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario Ambulance Committee

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