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December 24, 2019

2019 Photo Review

Speaking and Acting in Our Own Name
to Uphold the Rights of All and
Make Canada a Zone for Peace


With this issue of TML Daily, CPC(M-L) continues its month-by-month photo review of 2019 with actions in the month of July.

As the month began forestry workers, organized in USW Local 1-1937, began strike action against Western Forest Products facilities on the BC coast and Vancouver Island, vigorously rejecting massive concessions being demanded by the company regarding their pensions, benefits and job security. The strike continues to date. From the get-go, their strike received support of workers in many sectors -- in hospitals, food production as well as longshore workers -- while the BC Federation of Labour issued a "hot edict," meaning all affiliated unions are refusing to handle the company's products.

As forestry workers began their strike struggle, the ABI smelter workers in Bécancour, Quebec prepared to go back to work after agreeing to a new collective agreement. They returned with their heads held high, their determined resistance in defence of their rights having made a valuable contribution to the dignity of all workers across Quebec and Canada. Their collective actions exposed those in control of the Alcoa/Rio Tinto cartel as modern day robber barons who abscond with increasing amounts of the social wealth ABI workers produce, and revealed the disgraceful role of the Quebec government as an ally and representative of the global oligarchs, in opposition to the collective interests of the Quebec people and their natural resources. The ABI workers' contract was not achieved through negotiations at the bargaining table but as a result of the workers' steadfast and united resistance to the impunity of those in control of their workplace and their tireless mobilization of organized support from workers in Quebec and Canada, and other countries.

Throughout July, public sector workers in Alberta continued to organize militant pickets at hospitals and other workplaces across the province to mobilize their fellow workers against Bill 9, the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act. The act allows the government to breach provisions of the collective agreements of Alberta's nurses, teachers, health care workers, provincial government employees, and others, violating their right to negotiate collectively their terms of employment. On July 30, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees was successful in getting an injunction to stop the provisions of the bill from taking effect, which the Alberta government immediately appealed.

During the month of July, the Canadian and Quebec people stepped up their solidarity with revolutionary Cuba. Pickets were organized demanding the re-opening of the Canadian government's full consular services at its Havana Embassy. The monthly pickets demanding the end of the criminal U.S. blockade of Cuba, the return of Guantánamo to Cuba and the abrogation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act also continued. On July 26, events were held in a number of cities across Canada in celebration of Cuba's national day of rebellion, Moncada Day. All these activities reflected the strong and longstanding ties between Cuba and Canada, and Canadians' admiration for the courageous and rebellious spirit that Cuba embodies and its principled stands that uphold peace, human rights and the sovereignty of all countries for the benefit of all humanity.

As the month closed, injured workers and other activists organized a July 30 day of action against the Ontario government's cuts to funding for legal aid service. These cuts target specialty clinics advocating for injured workers, and some community clinics in the Toronto area, which appear to have been singled out because of advocacy work and political support for injured workers dealing with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and for other people dealing with the anti-social cuts to public services. The legal clinics' advocacy has been critical in backing up injured workers in speaking out and organizing to defend their rights.

July 1
Forestry workers in BC reject massive concessions being demanded to their pensions, benefits and job security and begin strike against Western Forest Products' operations on the coast and Vancouver Island. Photo below shows the Kelsey Bay Log Sort facility.

(Photo: USW 1-1937)

July 2
Workers at the the ABI smelter in Bécancour, hold a general membership meeting to discuss whether to sign a new collective agreement with Alcoa/Rio Tinto. Workers at the plant vote to accept the offer, ending the company's unjust eighteen-month lockout.

https://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0625.HTM  (Photo: Metallos)

July 3
Picket in Calgary opposes the Alberta government's Bill 9, and workers organize actions across the province to express their resounding No! to the attacks on their rights contained
in the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act.


July 5
Picket in Vancouver, on the occasion of Venezuela's independence day, demands the Canadian government stop its dirty role, alongside the U.S., in attempting to overthrow the legitimately elected President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro.

(Photos: Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba)

July 7
Hospital workers join striking forestry workers on their picket line at Western Forest Products Cowichan Bay location.

(Photo: USW 1-1937)

July 7
Vancouver picket calls on the Canadian government to reopen visa services at its Embassy in Havana.

(Photos: Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba)

July 9
Public sector workers in Alberta hold information pickets in Leduc against the
government's Bill 9.

https://cpcml.ca/WF2019/WO0625.HTM#5  (Photo: TML, AUPE)

July 9
Parkdale Legal Clinic in Toronto organizes opposition to Ford government's funding cuts to community legal clinics outside Ministry of the Attorney General.
(Photo: Parkdale Legal Clinic)

July 11
Injured workers are front and centre in rally outside the new Attorney General's Barrie constituency office, demanding the cuts to legal aid, which target clinics advocating for injured workers in particular, be reversed.

(Photos: Peel Injured Workers, OFL)

July 14
Striking forestry workers are joined on their picket lines by hospital and food processing workers in Port Alberni (top), and longshore workers.

(Photo: USW 1-1937)

July 17
Monthly pickets against the U.S. blockade of Cuba are held in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.


(Photos: Ottawa-Cuba Connections, Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba )

July 19
Pickets continue against the Alberta government's Bill 9, with actions in Edmonton and Lethbridge.


(Photos: AUPE, TML)

July 23-24
Striking forestry workers in Campbell River are joined by health care workers, a contingent from the District Labour Council and community members.

(Photo: USW 1-1937)

July 26
The 66th anniversary of Moncada day, a day commemorated all over Cuba as the beginning of the movement and struggle that laid the foundation of the Cuban Revolution, is celebrated across Canada.





Vancouver(Photos: CNC)

July 29-31
Information pickets against Bill 9 continue in a number of Alberta cities and towns. The bill  unilaterally tears up provisions in the collective agreements of 180,000 public sector workers.

Red Deer


Fort Saskatchewan
(Photos: TML, UNA, AUPE)

July 30
A day of action is organized in cities and towns across Ontario against the cuts to legal aid funding, which particularly targets clinics advocating for the rights of injured workers and  precariously employed workers.




(Photos: OPSEU, OFL, Sang Hun, N. Watson, Stop Legal Aid Cuts)


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