Organized labour and the Canadian auto industry
General Motors’ recent decision to close its Oshawa Truck Plant employing 2,600 workers has highlighted the massive loss of manufacturing jobs in Ontario and much of the rest of Canada in recent months. In the wake of this closure decision, a question has to be asked. Is it accurate to characterize what is taking place a “manufacturing crisis,” in which the auto industry is simply the victim of “market forces”? Or is it actually something more deliberate?
Understanding the Canadian Autoworkers’ break with the NDP
With the collapse of the Ontario Days of Action and the movement associated with it the CAW’s shift from unwavering support for the NDP to strategic voting came to be seen in a different light.