The CAW – CEP Merger: A Political Reflection

by Bruce Allen Vice President, CAW local 199 (written in a personal capacity, not on behalf of the union local) The approaching merger between the Canadian Autoworkers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) will create the largest private sector union in Canada with… Read More

Weekly news up-date, 22 October 2012

Austerity and Counter-Austerity in Britain: Social Protest Movements and Political Organizing On the Rise By Roger Annis Britain is in the throes of a deepening class struggle prompted by attacks on social and democratic rights by the capitalist class. The economic elite is pressing forward with… Read More

Weekly news update, 28 September 2012

Union advantage A recent report released by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) shows that the average unionized worker makes over $5 an hour more than their non-unionized counterparts. This comes to a culmulative value of almost $800 million each week across the unionized workforce. The… Read More

Weekly news update, 13 September, 2012

Marikana Massacre On August 16, 34 South African platinum miners were gunned down and killed by a special police unit. The miners were employed by platinum mining giant, Lonmin, in the Marikana region of the South Africa. In response to the massacre, Lonmin chairman, Roger… Read More

September 5, 2012 episode

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click here to download PSAC 901 President, Doug Nesbitt, and PSAC 901 Chief Steward, Jonathan Rose, talk about the state of the Canadian labour movement and trade union activity in the year ahead.

August 22 episode

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click here to download We spend the half-hour in discussion with Roger Annis, a former aerospace workers and member of the International Association of Machinists, on a variety of subjects ranging from the CAW’s recent aerospace policy paper,… Read More

Watch the CAW convention live

The Canadian Autoworkers 1st Constitutional and Bargaining Convention being held in Toronto from August 20-24 is being webcast live at www.caw2012.ca. Rank and File Radio will be playing segments of some of these speeches on this week’s show. The webcast schedule includes the following speeches:… Read More

Weekly news update, August 15, 2012

Court rules Harper’s wage restraint constitutional | UVic support staff | New Brunswick lobster dispute | Edmonton taxi strike | Machinists oppose Lufthansa contract | UAW colludes against Teamsters | Ontario teachers | CAW and the Big Three

August 15 episode

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Click here to download Following our weekly labour news update, we play an excerpt of the “Rethinking the Politics of Labour in Canada” book launch in Toronto on June 17, 2012. The book is a collection of essays… Read More