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Herman Rosenfeld

  • Challenges and Openings for the Free Transit Movement in Toronto

    The survival of public transit is at stake, given the changes that the pandemic period has brought about in transit usage, work and commuting patterns, the need to protect against a relapse in the virus, and the culture of transit. Both the relief line and the expanded version of the LRT network are possible and necessary.

  • Reform and Transform: Police Abolitionism and Sloppy Thinking

    Wilt’s basic argument—that the cumulative effects of social inequality, racism, colonialism, gender inequality make the Winnipeg Police Department (and possibly, the criminal justice system it is attached to) so hopelessly repressive and authoritarian, that they need to be abolished, rather than replaced, transformed or reformed—is simply wrong.

  • The Crisis in the ATU: Labour Shoots Itself in the Foot

    Working class sovereignty can only have legitimate meaning if it starts with the Canadian rank and file as the final arbiters of changes in Canadian structures. It demands building the working class in both Canada and the U.S. through bringing more workers into unions rather than fighting over dues. And it means collectively struggling with how to reinvent our unions.

  • Ford Unifor Agreement Ratified: Voted Down at Oakville Unit, Local 707

    The germs of organization developing in Oshawa – all point in the direction of possible, new life for a collective resistance to the current regime in auto. Learning about the legacy of resistance, struggle, internal battles inside the union and the role of socialists–going back to the 1930s–is a key component of building on the real frustration and anger of today’s young workers.

  • The NDP and the Election

    Whatever the outcome of the election, we have to move beyond acceptance of social democracy as the face of the ‘left’ in Canada. We have to contribute to the eventual creation of a socialist political presence, in the larger working class, and eventually as a participant and reference point in the electoral and larger political system.

  • Ambitious Effort to Map Future of Canadian Progressive Movements Falls Short

    Alan Sears’s Next New Left presents a unique analysis of the past, current and possible future Left, post social democracy. There are thoughtful and constructive components here, but there are also profound weaknesses. It comes out of a post-Trotskyist political milieu centred on organizing on campuses, set apart from unions, mainstream political parties and engaging with the state.

  • Pensions and the Detroit Bankruptcy

    Many business-oriented commentators blame urban corruption and incompetence, poor investment decisions by auto companies, and pensions cast as too generous. While there is always a grain of truth to some of those claims, they have little to do with the underlying causes of the decline of cities like Detroit.

  • Toronto Labour Council Organizes Stewards’ Assembly

    In an environment where working people in Ontario have suffered major setbacks, organized labour’s response has so far been disappointing. The May 7 coming together of over 1,600 stewards, staff, and other union reps in Toronto around the necessity of fighting against attacks by employers and governments was an unprecedented and impressive exception that brought some hope for forward motion.

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