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State of the unions

Volume 48, Issue 3: May/June 2014

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We are delighted to follow on the heels of May Day with a special issue on the future of the labour movement, State of the Unions.

In an historic debate, leading trade union figures including Jerry Dias and Mary Shortall respond to charges that the labour movement is not drawing lines in the tar sands.

Sam Gindin explores the state of the Canadian labour movement and strategies for union and socialist renewal, while Roxanne Dubois expands on the idea of community unionism.

Immigrant worker precarity and class struggle is unearthed by Joey Calugay, Mostafa Heaway and Eric Shragge while ideas of labour renewal in Québec are given by Ghislaine Raymond, René Charest and André Frappier.

We also feature content on Demilitarize McGill, an exciting addition to the anti-war movement. Solidarity Halifax is also featured as a promising radical formation on the east coast.

This is an historic magazine issue published at a critical time. Happy reading.

Table of Contents

Up Front

  • Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (CD Paragraph)
  • Far from Fair: Vote-Rigging Restored (Editorial)
  • The Failed Organizing Drive at Volkswagen (Labour Report)
  • Québec solidaire gains ground despite mounting pressure from the Right (Québec Communiqué)

State of the Unions

  • Organizing Labour: Introduction
  • Beyond the Impasse of Canadian Labour: Union Renewal, Political Renewal
  • Canadian Labour: Past, Present, Future
  • It’s About More than Wages: The Social Impact of Precarious Employment
  • Community Unionism
  • The Québec Immigrant Workers Centre Experience: Fighting Precarity
  • Trade Unionism in Québec: Current Realities and Prospects for Renewal
  • Our Unions and the Tar Sands: A Flawed Policy in the Age of Climate Change
  • A Union Response: Getting the Most of Canada’s Resource Wealth
  • Building a Lasting, Pluralist, Anti-Capitalist Organization

Special Features

  • Demilitarize McGill
  • The Workers’ Sports International at 100

All That’s Left

  • Unfree Labour and the Sports-Industrial Complex
  • The Complexities of Colonialism: An Alternative Reading of The Orenda
  • Raising the Workers’ Flag: The Workers’ Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
  • The ‘Fair Elections’ Sham: Time to Demand International Observers for Canadian Elections

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