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Earth Alert: Needed Clean Energy and Good Jobs

Earth Alert: Needed Clean Energy and Good Jobs

The world’s climate is in crisis due to global warming. And time is running out. Environmental scientists caution that warming be held to 1.50C to avoid catastrophic changes. This year, each month has been at least 10C hotter than the baseline of the 1.50C limit. July was the hottest month on record. Each of the […]

BC’s Potential Environmental Disasters: Site C and Liquid Natural Gas
By September 12, 2016 Read More →

BC’s Potential Environmental Disasters: Site C and Liquid Natural Gas

British Columbia is the centre of several vital struggles against the continued expansion of fossil fuel exports, and mounting global warming and environmental destruction. The battle against the two proposed pipelines from the Alberta tar sands to the coast, Kinder Morgan to Vancouver and Enbridge to Kitimat, continues. The port of Vancouver is still pushing […]

New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine
By September 10, 2016 Read More →

New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine

Issue #4 of Socialist Alternative has been published. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

Montréal: Old Port Workers Continue Strike – Solidarity Vital
By September 10, 2016 Read More →

Montréal: Old Port Workers Continue Strike – Solidarity Vital

Old Port Update The Old Port workers in Montréal, after more than 3 months on strike, recently rejected a proposal from a federally appointed mediator, which was not an improvement on the company’s previous offers. The mediator’s proposal was an increase of 12% over 5 years instead of the company’s original offer of 9.5% over […]

Postal Workers Stop Management Attacks

Postal Workers Stop Management Attacks

The postal workers union (CUPW) has won tentative agreements for both the urban, and rural and suburban mail carrier (RSMC) bargaining units. The agreement does not concede to management attacks and prevents major rollbacks, especially of pensions for newly hired workers. CUPW is seeking to preserve past gains and win improvements, especially for the RSMC workers […]

Montreal Workers Strike for $15
By August 18, 2016 Read More →

Montreal Workers Strike for $15

Socialist Alternative spoke with Jacques Fontaine, one of the striking workers Tell me the main points of the strike and why you are on strike. Some 280 workers of the Old Port of Montreal have been on strike since May 27. Our main goal is to fill the wage gap that has been created between […]

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World Social Forum Montréal

World Social Forum Montréal

The Committee for a Workers’ International (Of which Socialist Alternative Canada is part) had a brilliant intervention during the week of the World Social Forum in Montréal. With over 1,200 events covering a huge range of topics and over 10,000 people attending, the Forum can be bewildering. The CWI however had a clear purpose – […]

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Support Postal Workers – Defend Canada Post

Support Postal Workers – Defend Canada Post

Interview with a CUPW activist regarding Canada Post (possible) strike/lockout Socialist Alternative (SA) interviews David Rennie (DR), a former executive member of  the Hamilton CUPW local and delegate to the Hamilton and District Labour Council for almost 20 years. David is also active in various international solidarity campaigns and presently an executive member of the Hamilton Coalition […]

Fire Devastates Fort McMurray
By May 14, 2016 Read More →

Fire Devastates Fort McMurray

On the evening of May 3 the entire population of the city of Fort McMurray was ordered to leave as the ‘beast’ of an out-of-control wildfire swept towards it. 94,000 people fled their homes in a few short hours, from Fort McMurray and other nearby northern Alberta communities. Most people had a terrifying drive through […]

Toronto Airport – workers mobilizing

Toronto Airport – workers mobilizing

 The following is an interview with Sean Smith, Mobilization Co-ordinator, UNIFOR 2002 and Representative, Toronto Airport Workers Council. Tim Heffernan (Socialist Alternative) is asking the questions. The interview was conducted in April 2016. Here is a useful background story from the Toronto Star, April 2015. TIM: Okay, so Sean, first question. Tell me about the […]