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December 8, 2014 - No. 104

2014 Photo Review

All Out for People's Empowerment!


TML Daily continues its photo review of actions carried out by collectives of working people in 2014. In June, people across the country continued to mobilize against the Harper dictatorship's wrecking agenda that includes cuts to Veterans Affairs and refugee health care.

June began with a rally by Ontario injured workers in front of the Legislature and actions in other cities to mark Injured Workers' Day.
All over the country, injured workers are being increasingly mistreated by governments that have betrayed the arrangement whereby workers would not sue companies for compensation when injured at work in return for its being guaranteed by the public authority. Injured workers are organizing against this dismantling of the public compensation system and its being turned over to private insurers.

BC teachers carried out vigorous mobilization throughout the month. On June 17 they went from rotating strike actions to an all-out province-wide strike. They did so in the face of the BC Liberal government's wrecking of public education through massive funding cuts and its refusal to negotiate with teachers on their wages and conditions of work. Parents, students, organized and unorganized workers and entire communities showed the broad support for teachers and public education.

June 1
Ontario Injured Workers' Day rallies at Queen's Park and in other cities demand an end to the attacks on injured workers' just claims to compensation. Every year for the past 31 years, workers commemorate the June 1, 1983 demonstration that culminated a mobilization that blocked anti-worker changes to the workers' compensation system at that time, and continue the fight for justice

Beryl Brown and the Justice Singers; Peter Page, ONIWG Past President

Jeannie Howe, ONIWG VP for South West Ontario; Christine Nugent from Barrie Injured Workers' Group;
Heather Cherron von Atzigen;  Costa, veteran of the historic 1983 demonstration.

Speakers from organized labour included Ontario Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison;
Sherry Backus from UFCW Local 175; Local 1005 USW President Rolf Gerstenberger;
and Financial Secretary for Unifor Local 112 Scott McIlmoyle.

Overnight Vigil at Queen's Park

First Injured Workers' Day Rally in Windsor

http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0337.HTM   http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0343.HTM

June 4
Veterans rally on Parliament Hill to denounce the Harper government's brutal cuts to Veterans Affairs and the services provided to those injured
during their military service.

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmlw2014/W44020.HTM#5   (Photos: M. Finns, H. Laffin, D. Slack)

June 5-7
Actions in Canada demand release of remaining Cuban patriots unjustly imprisoned in U.S.




http://cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44059.htm#5  (R. Allen, D. Mateo, Vancouver Free the Five)

June 6-12
Working people take action during the Ontario provincial election to defeat the neo-liberal austerity agenda championed by the Liberals and Conservatives.

In Toronto,  pickets at subway stations call for the defeat of the austerity agenda
which includes privatizing public services such as the TTC.

Flyering of health care workers' cars at two London hospitals.

Workers and retirees from Local 1005 USW in action in Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Action at the Kitchener Farmer's Market.

As part of their "Get 3 to Block Majority" campaign, OSSTF District 9 members in Windsor Essex take selfies outside polling stations and while engaging in other political actions.

Windsor teachers and education workers organize to defend their interests.
http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0345.HTM#4   http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0347.HTM  (Photos: TML, OSSTF, Get3Selfies)

June 10
BC teachers rally in Vancouver and Victoria as they carry on rotating strikes in defence of their rights and public education.



June 16
Health care workers and supporters hold cross Canada Day of Action in defence of refugees' right to health care.







Winnipeg; Calgary

(Photos: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Health Care)

June 17
Quebec municipal workers and supporters demonstrate at Montreal City Hall against Bill 3 which attacks their pensions.

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44067.htm   (Photos: SCFP)

Vancouverites take mass action to oppose the approval
of the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

June 18
Workers from Toronto plant of Crown Holdings, one of the largest metal packaging companies in the world, picket outside the LCBO. The workers have been on strike since September 2013 rejecting company demands for concessions.

(Photos: Take Backs No More)

June 18-26
At public hearings on Alberta's anti-pension Bills 9 and 10, workers defend the pensions they have and speak out for pensions for all.

Grande Prairie, June 18

Calgary, June 23

Lethbridge, June 24

Medicine Hat, June 25

Red Deer, June 26

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44064.htm   (Photos: AUPE, UNA)

June 19
Actions across Canada demand that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program be ended and that residency be granted to all temporary foreign workers
now in the country.


BC teachers' spirited "All Together for Public Education" rally in Vancouver brings more than 2,000 people into the streets as teachers launch a province-wide strike.

http://www.cpcml.ca/BCW2014/BC0211.HTM#1   (Photos: BCTF, BCGEU, A. Anderson, S. Angel, A. Bowman)

Mass action against the approval of the Enbridge Pipeline, in Prince George outside MP Dick Harris' office.

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44062.htm    (A. Thomas, BCASW)

June 20
Hamilton Steelworkers picket outside Ministry of Labour office to support locked-out Max Aicher North America steelworkers and oppose governments' refusal to defend the public interest.


Workers from Quebec's North Shore demand immediate measures be taken by governments to encourage hiring of workers in the regions.



http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44065.htm#5    (Metallos, FTQ-Construction, D. Gervais)

June 23-30
BC Teachers' Federation continues actions around the province in defence of public education and their right to a negotiated settlement.

Nanaimo, June 23

Nanaimo, June 24

Victoria, June 26

Courtenay, June 27

Vancouver, June 27

Abbotsford, June 28

Vancouver, June 28

http://www.cpcml.ca/BCW2014/BC0212.HTM#4   (Photos: BC Fed, BCTF, K. Doherty, J. Braidwood, S. Ellen,
T. Steeves, N. Knickerbocker)

June 26
Press conference celebrates historic Supreme Court
decision affirming Tsilhqot'in First Nation's title to their lands.
Chiefs speaking at the conference emphasize that the provincial and federal governments and corporations now have to deal with this court ruling that unceded indigenous land belongs to the indigenous peoples.
They reiterated that it is time for government to "come to the table on an equal basis," nation to nation.

Chief Roger William, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (right) and Tsilhqot'in Chief Stewart Phillip.
http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmlw2014/W44022.HTM#1   (Photos: UBCIC)

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