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Building a National Solidarity Coalition

Toronto – 11 May 2017


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Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) hosted a panel discussion during the Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress. The panelists discussed their experiences working with various solidarity coalitions and the need for a national solidarity network that can bridge the divide between labour and social movements. How can a solidarity coalition be used to build support for struggles for social, environmental and economic justice?

Moderated by Mike Palecek – National President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Presentations by:

This forum follows two calls by CUPW for the formation of a national Solidarity Coalition:



Bill C-27: An Attack on Pensions

Ottawa – 1 March 2017.


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The Ottawa Committee for Pension Security (OCPS) recently co-hosted a panel discussion with the Congress of Union Retirees about Bill C-27, a Bill that will give employers the tools they need to dump their defined benefit pension plan guaranteed promises, including the benefits already earned and paid for by active workers and retirees. Please take the time to listen to the highlights of the discussion to learn what a target benefit pension plan is, why this Bill threatens existing defined benefit plans, the problems with the consent mechanism and the threat this Bill is to retirees. Trudeau is breaking his promise and picking up on a proposal Harper backed away from. We need to hold the Liberals accountable on Bill C-27.

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Video by the Ottawa Committee on Pension Security. Shared with PSAC NCR.

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May Day


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For more than 100 years, May Day has symbolized the common struggles of workers around the globe. Why is it largely ignored in North America? The answer lies in part in American labour’s long repression of its own radical past, out of which international May Day was actually born a century ago.

The seeds were sown in the campaign for the eight-hour work day. On May 1, 1886, hundreds of thousands of North American workers mobilized to strike. In Chicago, the demonstration spilled over into support for workers at a major farm-implements factory who‘d been locked out for union activities. On May 3, during a pitched battle between picketers and scabs, police shot two workers. At a protest rally in Haymarket Square the next day, a bomb was tossed into the police ranks and police directed their fire indiscriminately at the crowd. Eight anarchist leaders were arrested, tried and sentenced to death (three were later pardoned).

These events triggered international protests, and in 1889, the first congress of the new socialist parties associated with the Second International (the successor to the First International organized by Karl Marx in the 1860s) called on workers everywhere to join in an annual one-day strike on May 1 – not so much to demand specific reforms as an annual demonstration of labour solidarity and working-class power. May Day was both a product of, and an element in, the rapid growth of new mass working-class parties of Europe – which soon forced official recognition by employers and governments of this “workers’ holiday.”

What you need to know about May Day.”


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