Manufacturing Yes! Nation Wrecking No!
Day 2018 solidarity picket at the MANA lock-out site in Hamilton.
Steelworkers' May Day rally and march in
Locked-out workers at Max
Aicher North America in Hamilton and their
supporters picket the company gates, June 29, 2018, to mark the fifth
the lockout by the German company. They reiterate
the demand that the company stop running the plant with scabs
Unifor Local 222 holds a press conference on November
26, 2018 demanding GM reverse its decision to close its plant in
Oshawa. Earlier in the day, prior to GM's in-plant announcement of the
closing, workers walked out and picketed at plant gates.
Windsor rally on December 19, 2018 condemns decision by
GM to close Oshawa plant.
Workers shut down lines at
Oshawa plant on January 8, 2019 after GM confirms its decision to close
the plant in a meeting with union representatives in Detroit.
Autoworkers rally in Windsor on January 11, 2019 across
the river from GM's Detroit headquarters, against closing of GM plant
Workers rally outside Erwin Hymer plant in Cambridge demanding
February 19, 2019, after plant was closed throwing 900 workers out of
work without notice or severence pay. The plant produced recreational
Mining and Metallurgy
Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. ( ABI) workers at May Day
parade in Montreal.
Compass mineral workers in Goderich,
Ontario strike on May 8, 2018 against anti-worker concessions demanded
by the company.
Locked-out aluminum workers from the
Bécancour smelter demonstrate outside the ABI shareholders' meeting in
Pittsburgh on May 9, 2018 demanding the company negotiate.
salt miners in Goderich, with the support
of the community, take action to block
Compass Minerals from running
the facility with scabs, July 4, 2018. Barricades of skids are
and, when an injunction orders them removed, a cavalcade of farm
tractors arrives to take over. Following these actions, Goderich miners
are able to ratify a tentative
July 14, 2018 ending their strike. Miners
The workers at ABI continue to track
the damage being done to the Quebec
economy during the lockout through the company reneging on payments
block of electricity allotted to it by Hydro-Québec.
Workers from across
Canada help locked-out D-J Composites workers in Gander, Newfoundland
block scabs from entering the plant from September 26 to 29, 2018.
Hundreds of workers and 1,000 feet of fencing, erected by the union,
surround the plant.
Steelworkers Local 9700, representing the aluminum workers in
Quebec, locked out by ABI, holds a general membership meeting on
October 9, 2018 following the mediator's announcement that negotiations
between the union and ABI have been suspended. The union reports that
ABI has made additional demands for
concessions on the pension plan, short-term health insurance and union
protest outside Hydro-Québec's offices in Montreal on November 28, 2018
in support of ABI workers locked out by the Alcoa/Rio
Tinto cartel for close to 11 months.
mass picket at Bécancour aluminum smelter on January 11, 2019 marking
one year of the company's lockout of the smelter workers. They also
rally outside the constituency office of the National Assembly
member for Nicolet-Bécancour.
At a general
membership meeting on February 23, 2019, workers at the ABI smelter in
Bécancour, Quebec launch the call for binding arbitration. USW Local
9700 announces the membership's demand for
expedited arbitration at a press
their picket line.
Workers protest outside Premier Legault's office on
March 1, 2019 (top) demanding the Quebec government take action to make
Alcoa/Rio Tinto meet its commitments on its energy contract. Workers
also visit local MNA Donald Martel's office.
Bécancour aluminum workers hold a general assembly on March 11, 2019
and forcefully reject
aluminum smelter workers organize an Energy March in Trois-Rivières
and Quebec City (above), March 26-27, 2019, calling on the
to intervene so that the Alcoa/Rio Tinto cartel ends the lockout in a
manner acceptable to the workers, and to demand that the energy
contract between Alcoa, the government and Hydro-Québec be re-opened so
that Alcoa pays for its reserved preferential rate energy block.
Steelworkers launch Global campaign at United
Steelworkers policy convention in Vancouver
on April 4, 2019 to force Alcoa to negotiate a collective agreement
acceptable to the workers. The global campaign will focus on
exposing the anti-worker practices of Alcoa, which owns 75 per cent of
sawmill workers begin rotating strikes, with a picket line at Tolko's
Lakeview Lumber in Williams Lake on October 16, 2018 (top), to force
the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment Relations to
withdraw its demands for concessions. Workers at Canfor's Prince George
sawmill and chip plant strike on October 25, 2018.
drive their rigs through the streets of Montreal to protest new
training regulations that undermine the safety of workers and the
public, May 5, 2018.
than 300 crane operators demonstrate outside the head office of
the Quebec Construction Commission in Montreal on June 21, 2018 to
denounce the deregulation of the trade and the consequent downgrading
of health and safety standards which impacts not only crane operators
but all construction workers and the public.
June 26, 2018.
surround the Quebec National Assembly and hold actions across Quebec on
May 14, 2018 in defence of their livelihood. They
face a situation where the brokerage system that keeps false invoicing,
corruption and under-the-table work in check, is increasingly bypassed
by construction companies, and more and more truckers without
accreditation are being hired.
Photos from Quebec
Construction workers' unions march in
Toronto Labour Day parade.
drivers in Montreal hold a special general assembly on October 8, 2018
where they reject the measures proposed by their employer Demix Béton
to deal with problems stemming from a new computerized dispatch system,
introduced without consultation.
trades workers hold a spirited rally at the Alberta Legislature in
Edmonton on October 29, 2018 denouncing the current anti-worker labour
laws that deprive building trades workers and their unions of the right
to organize and take job actions to win terms of employment acceptable
workers at May Day parade in Montreal.
On May 3, 2018,
Montreal public transit workers, members of CUPE Local 1983, vote 99
per cent in favour of giving their union a strike mandate. The workers
oppose the conversion of day shifts to evening and night shifts,
mandatory overtime, the use of temp agencies instead of
directly hiring workers, and privatization of services and increased
outsourcing of work.
rally at Queen's Park on May 8, 2018 to ensure that the demand of
working people that transit remains publicly owned is put on the agenda
of the Ontario election.
CP Rail Workers end May 30, 2018 one-day strike
action to vote on and accept a tentative collective agreement. Shown
here is the picket line in
Revelstoke, BC. CP workers went on strike after a forced vote in which
they overwhelmingly rejected the company's previous offer, which did
not deal with their concerns about unsafe hours and working
ceremony marks the fifth
in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, July 6, 2018.
hold picket and lively discussion on Labour Day to oppose the impending shutdown of Greyhound bus
routes in western Canada and Northern Ontario and to discuss
solutions. These cuts to service amount to nation-wrecking as they
eliminate a vital transportation link for many Canadians in rural
October 18, 2018.
workers and allies demonstrate in front of Montreal's Pierre Elliott
Trudeau International Airport on December 16, 2018, rejecting the
demand from the administration that the workers accept a nearly
one-third reduction in salary and benefits to match a sub-contracting
that kills three workers near Alberta-BC border on February 4, 2019
the urgent need for a rail safety regime that serves workers
and the public. The men killed
were: Dylan Paradis, Andrew Dockrell and
Postal workers at Tecumseh depot in Windsor hold
picket on July 16, 2018 as Canada Post implements restructuring
measures for the fifth time in seven years while in contract
negotiations with the union.
From October 21 to November 26, 2018, postal workers
carry out rotating strikes in cities, small towns and rural areas
country after negotiations to address major concerns of the workers --
particular on health and safety, overtime and pay equity -- break down
due to Canada Post's intransigence. Shown here: St. John's;
Chanel-Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland.
Edmonton, Alberta picket November 22,
2018 opposes government threat to introduce back-to-work legislation
against the postal workers.
November 23, 2018, the federal
tables back-to-work legislation against postal
workers which passes into law November 26, with workers ordered to
work the next day. Immediately postal workers and their allies begin
occupations of plants and MPs' offices, community pickets, and other
actions, refusing to accept this negation of the rights of postal
workers, and all workers, to bargain collectively and strike when
necessary. Shown here (top to bottom), workers occupy Canada Post
centre in Dartmouth,
Nova Scotia; sit-in at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's
Montreal constituency office; and walk off the job in Ottawa.
support of postal workers in Vancouver at the BC Federation of Labour
A National Day is organized December 1, 2018 to stand
with the postal workers and oppose the back-to-work legislation. Photo
above from Prince George.
Public Sector Workers Defend Their Rights and the
sector workers and supporters rally outside the federal Liberals'
cabinet meeting in
Nanaimo on August 22, 2018 demanding the government deal with the
problems caused by the Phoenix pay system and ensure workers are paid
correctly and on time.
service workers confront Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on September 5,
2018 as he arrives for a fundraiser in Edmonton. They demand: "Fix the
Phoenix Pay System Now!"
workers in Moncton hold a mass membership meeting on September 15, 2018
as part of CUPE New Brunswick's "Breaking the Mandate: Bargaining
Forward" campaign that puts wage increases for all 30,000 CUPE members
as the first priority in current negotiations with the province.
Meetings are held in cities around the province during September.
workers demonstrate outside the Quebec National Assembly on October 17,
2018 demanding the Legault government make major new investments in
service workers hold a Day of Action on February 28, 2019 to
demand immediate rectification of the chaos sown in the
lives of thousands of workers by the Phoenix Pay System. Photos above
from Ottawa (top) and
Health Care Is a Right
on the crisis in long-term
converge for mass rally at Queen's Park in Toronto, October 23,
2018, demanding the Ontario Ford government rebuild and restore health
care services, not further cut and privatize.
A Day of Action is
held across rural Nova Scotia on October 13, 2018 to defend the right
to public health care.
Above, workers picket in
Nova Scotia nursing home workers picket
MLAs' offices March 11, 2019, two days after they are deprived of the
right to strike by
the provincial government and the courts.
Government and General Employees Union organize a "Rally to
Raise the Alarm that Health Care for All Nova Scotians is in Crisis,"
on April 3, 2019.
More than 500 New Brunswick nursing home and other public service
workers demonstrate in front of government buildings in Fredericton,
April 12, 2019, demanding acceptable wages and working conditions.
licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists from the Outaouais
march October 9, 2018, rejecting their employer's requests for
concessions on working conditions during the current
round of local negotiations.
Gatineau Hospital, October 15, 2018, expressing their
dissatisfaction with their employer's demands for concessions in
negotiations to renew their collective agreement.
health care unions announce a common front to address the crisis in
care, January 23, 2019, and forward
their demands to the Quebec government to improve the working
the quality of health care and social services.
Toronto picket February 12, 2019, part of National Day of Action
demanding the right of refugees to health care be recognized. Actions
take place in 15 cities.
protest poor working conditions, including mandatory overtime,
outside health care human resources offices in Laurentides, March 28,
Quebec nurses at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital in
Montreal, joined by
community supporters, participate in successful "No Mandatory Overtime"
Day of Action
Quebec on April 8, 2019.
Teachers and Education Workers Defend Public
On April 29, 2018, the third annual May Day Roundtable is held in
Windsor, hosted by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 9 and Greater Essex Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario with the theme "Speaking for Ourselves."
University faculty and students and their supporters rally on July 18,
2018 at Queen's Park to denounce the Ontario Ford government's passage
of back-to-work legislation against striking
CUPE 3903 members.
community college faculty hold actions
at campuses across the province to mark the first anniversary of
their strike, emphasizing the demand that pay equity for contract
not be eliminated under the Ford government. Faculty pickets at George
(top) and Sault College.
at the Toronto Congress Centre in
Etobicoke on February 27, 2019 to protest cuts in funding of public
education in Ontario. The occasion is a $250-$1,600 a plate fundraiser
for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, with Premier Doug Ford
as the keynote speaker.
and education workers meet the Ford government's latest assault on
education, March 15, 2019, with sustained acts of solidarity. They hold
"black shirt days" and "red for education days" in their schools to
representing teachers and education workers, along with other workers,
PC Party events in Nepean and Essex (above), March 22,
Mass rally of teachers, education workers
and their supporters at Queen's Park on April 6, 2019 to defend the
public education system against the Ford government's attacks.
education support workers in Living Waters Catholic School District in
Alberta sign a contract on October 5, 2018
that ends two-and-a-half years of bargaining and an 18-day strike.
use the Alberta election, April 2019, as an opportunity
take to a new level their ongoing battle to provide the right to
education with a guarantee.
Defend the Rights of All Working People
for Injured Workers' Bike Ride travels through mining towns and cities
in northern Ontario. It starts with a seminar in Elliot Lake
(top photo) on
May 26 and concludes in Sudbury on May 28 with meetings to form an
injured workers' support group.
a PC Party
before the Ontario election, to demand justice for
injured workers and denounce
governments and cartel parties for ignoring the plight of
injured workers and their families.
heard at spirited rally and march in Toronto on June 1, 2018, Ontario
Day, affirming "Workers' Comp Is a Right!" Following the rally they
a meeting with candidates
in the provincial election to discuss their concerns. Actions take
place in other cities
across Ontario to mark the occasion.
picket the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) annual general
meeting on September 26, 2018 in Toronto demanding it withdraw
its plan to cut employer premiums. The new government claims it has
eliminated WSIB's fraudulent "unfunded liability" ten years ahead of
schedule, which justifies giving employers a massive reduction in
premiums starting in 2019, depriving the compensation system of $1.5
Network of Injured Workers' Groups holds a week of actions across the
10 to 14, 2018 as part of its ongoing "Workers' Comp Is a Right!"
The actions highlight the hardships
injured workers and their families face throughout the year and
especially during the holidays. Photo above from Sudbury.
take to the streets of Montreal on September 6, 2018 saying "Enough is
Enough. No More Concessions." They insist the Trudeau government defend
supply management against U.S. demands for greater access to the
Canadian dairy market.
farmers, representatives of the agri-food sector and others march in
Montreal on November 18, 2018 to defend food security.
Participants demand an end to the Canadian government's concessions on
free trade agreements.
Penticton and Kamloops take strike action on June 29 in their
struggle to improve their wages and working conditions.
Workers at the
Quebec Liquor Board continue their one-day strikes on November 16, 2018
to back their demands for a negotiated settlement that addresses their
precarious working conditions and low wages. One-day strikes across
Quebec began in July. Shown above are picketers in
of work as immigrant women and how to defend their rights in light of
the Ontario government's passage of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018,
Day, May 13, 2018, to put
forward their demands for rights and defend their dignity as workers.
Like other migrant workers, they face oppressive working conditions
that are a form of modern-day slave labour.
Migrant care workers
hold meetings and press briefings in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver,
Ottawa and Montreal on November 18, 2018 to release a report,
"Care Worker Voices for Landed Status and Fairness," demanding
the government uphold their rights and grant them status on arrival.
Photo above from Edmonton.
to Employment Insurance
Unemployed groups, unions, municipal elected officials
and seasonal industry employers
from the Acadian Peninsula in New Brunswick and the
Charlevoix, Côte-Nord and Bas-St-Laurent regions of Quebec, hold a
press conference, December 4, 2018 at the House of
Commons to highlight the difficult conditions experienced by
seasonal workers and to call for solutions that enable them to live in
Actions at Service
Canada offices in a number of locations in Quebec on November 29, 2018
demand the problem of inadequate Employment Insurance be addressed.
Photos above are from Rimouski; Tracadie and
not privatize public services and
not revoke improvements to labour law and the minimum wage included in
the 2017 Bill 148.
Emergency actions take place across Ontario October
24-26, 2018 to oppose the Ford government's anti-worker Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for
Business Act, that rolls back improvements
workers won to labour legislation in 2017. Above, action at Ministry
Labour in Toronto.
Security Lies in the Fight
Action in Lindsay is one of a number that took place in
towns and cities, August 7-10, 2018, demanding the Ontario Ford
government reinstate the Basic Income Pilot Project, which it cut when
it came to
power. Many activists have fought for years to gain this small advance
fight to end poverty.
On the eve of the Quebec election, housing rights
activists rally and march in Quebec City, September 29, 2018, demanding
the new government
recognize the right to housing. The "From Cities to Villages for the
Right to Housing" march began
in Ottawa September 2, and travelled through some 50 municipalities to
finish in Quebec City.
People gather outside CBC building
in Montreal where the Quebec "Leaders' Debate" is taking place,
September 13, 2018, determined to break the suffocating silence the
election imposes on them and affirm their demands for rights.
Contingents from community advocacy, youth, tenants' rights and
environmental groups and workers from many regions, including
locked-out aluminum smelter workers, health care workers, and workers
from Bombardier all participate.
More than 100 protests are held from coast to coast on
June 4, 2018 at the constituency offices of Members of Parliament
decrying the use of public funds to bail out private U.S. pipeline
monopoly Kinder Morgan. Copies of a petition opposing the project and
bailout are delivered to MPs. More than 250,000 people have signed the
petition. Photo shows action in Calgary.
March and rally under the theme "Build Our Future Not a
Pipeline" takes place in Vancouver, September 8, 2018, against
construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the federal government
buyout of the Canadian assets of the U.S. monopoly Kinder Morgan. The
action expresses the continued opposition of people across Canada to
pipeline being pushed
through without the consent of the Indigenous peoples.
The people of Quebec affirm "The
G7 does not represent us!" in actions against the June G7 summit in
Quebec City and in La Malbaie (above) where the meetings took place.
Youth from coast to coast to coast in Canada vigorously
participate in the global Student Strike for Climate which saw some
2,200 events organized March 15, 2019 in 130 countries around the
world. There was outstanding organization and participation from the
Quebec youth in particular, with the largest action, pictured above,
organized in Montreal.
Spirit vigils are held for the 13th year on October 4, 2018 in more
than 115 cities and communities across Canada and Quebec. The largest,
shown above, was on Parliament Hill. The vigils
remember and honour Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered
or gone missing and demand an end to the continuing violence.
In cities, small towns and remote communities across
the country, Canadians, Quebeckers and Indigenous peoples hold a Day of
Action January 8, 2019 to oppose the RCMP's brutal assault on the
Wet'sewet'en land defenders the previous day and to stand with them
in defence of their hereditary rights to their lands. Photo above from
Women's Memorial Marches in Vancouver, February 14,
2019. Marches took place in cities across the country, honouring and
demanding justice for all the Indigenous women and girls.
March in Toronto on the occasion of International
Women's Day. Rallies, marches and gatherings of all kinds took place
across the country.
Activists rally at Peace and Freedom Park in Halifax,
November 17, 2018, against two war conferences -- the Halifax
International Security Forum (HISF) and the NATO Parliamentary
Assembly. The HISF has been militantly opposed each year since coming
into being in 2009.
Windsor Peace Coalition holds "Hands Off Venezuela"
picket as part of an international Day of Action in solidarity with the
people of Venezuela and their legitimately elected government. Actions
took place in cities and towns across Canada.
Actions across Canada on the occasion of 70 years of
NATO on March 30-31, 2019 say No!
to NATO and express determination to
make Canada a zone for peace. Above are actions and meetings in Halifax
(top) and Montreal.
The 70th anniversary of Al Nakba -- the massive
dispossession of the Palestinian people to create Zionist Israel -- is
marked with expressions of the determination of the Palestinian people
to return to their homeland across Canada, May 12-18, 2018. Photo above
A conference takes place in Toronto, June 16, 2018, on unfolding events
on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of the historic Panmunjom
Declaration and Democratic People's Republic of Korea-U.S. Summit in
Singapore. A similar event is held in Vancouver the next day.
Monthly pickets in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver demand an end to
the blockade of Cuba.
These actions take on greater
significance with the U.S. announcing its decision to activate Title
III of the Helms-Burton Act
effective May 2, 2019. Above, Ottawa, April 17, 2019.
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