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The Auto Crisis: Putting Our Own Alternative on the Table

Deep economic crises violently interrupt daily lives and force more radical responses onto the public agenda.  In the case of the North American auto industry, however, that radicalism has been remarkably one-sided.  Absent an alternative of their own, workers were (and remain) trapped by their dependency on “their” corporations becoming stronger.  On the one hand, […]

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Democracy: Too Important to Leave to the Members?

Earlier this summer, it looked like the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union was about to experience something truly unusual in its history – — a contested campaign for national president.  The last contest for the union’s top Canadian officer was in 1960, a quarter of a century before the formation of the CAW and a […]

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When Neoliberalism Implodes

  Left Perspectives on the Current Political Economy A Discussion with Robert Brenner and Sam Gindin Moderated by Vivek Chibber 7 December 2007, Brecht Forum Your browser does not support the audio element. Robert Brenner is a professor of history at UCLA.  Sam Gindin is Packer Chair in Social Justice at York University, Toronto.  Vivek […]

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The CAW and Magna: Disorganizing the Working Class

In the neoconservative Canada of the late 1990s, the labour movement needs to become more militant, less accommodating to the demands of corporations and governments.  If this sounds like a return to the days of the 1930s or 1950s, so be it.  It’s either that or watch decades of hard-won gains disappear.  This resistance will […]

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Socialist Project

One-Sided Class War: The UAW-GM 2007 Negotiations

In 1978, then United Auto Worker (UAW) President Douglas Fraser, frustrated with corporate America’s new aggressiveness, accused US business of waging a “one-sided class war against working people, the unemployed, the poor, the minorities, the very young and the very old, and even many in the middle class of our society.”  In response, he warned, […]

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Is the Big Ship America Sinking?Contradictions and Openings

There’s something happeningWhat it is ain’t exactly clearBuffalo Springfield, 1966 Are we in the midst of a momentous turn in world politics?  Donald Rumsfeld has been shuffled out of the Pentagon.  Daniel Ortega, Washington’s nemesis from the Sandinista Revolution of the late 1970s, is back as President of Nicaragua.  Hugo Chavez has been triumphantly re-elected, […]

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Toward a New Politics? After the CAW-NDP Divorce

On April 21, 2006, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) broke with a tradition that extended over half a century and voted to leave the New Democratic Party (NDP).  A few CAW activists shrugged their shoulders: the impact of the NDP on their daily struggles had been minimal, so setting it aside did not seem to […]

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Concessions in Oshawa: The End of an Era?

In the early 1980s, General Motors workers in Canada refused to follow their American parent (UAW) in opening their collective agreement.  The ensuing conflict eventually led to the Canadians breaking away to form their own Canadian union (CAW).  Earlier this month, the CAW leadership opened the collective agreement in Oshawa, threatening the end of a […]

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Concessions: First Time Defeat, Second Revival?

[On February 4, 2006, the Socialist Project organized a labor forum in Windsor to get an update on the struggle at Delphi and to consider its implications for Canada.  Speakers at the forum included Dennis Delling, a Delphi worker and activist in mobilizing the resistance against the corporation; Jerry Tucker, former head of New Directions […]

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