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North American Anarchist Vol. 1, No. 5, June/July 1980

Issue #5 of North American Anarchist, with articles on the anti-nuclear movement, crisis in the auto industry, the Cold War heating up, anarchism and Leninism, reports from anti-nuke actions, Luisa Capetillo, anarchist feminist notes, the growth of the DSOC (which would become the DSA), bargaining at Canada Post, reviews, anarchism in Greece, prison news and the Kamalla Miller case, the need to fight labour laws, AFL-CIO head Lane Kirkland's shady connections, repression in China, the failure of the Quebec independence referendum, controversy over separatism at a Bay Area feminist concert, and more.

Socialist Leaders Won’t Save Unions

An article from the Organizing Work blog that offers a structural account of the role played by unions and the pressures that cause union leaders to act in the ways they do, in response to a recent Jacobin article calling for socialist union leadership.

Kingston: Community Picket at Canada Post Facility

A report on a community picket at a Canada Post facility in Kingston, defying the recent back-to-work legislation brought in to break a postal workers' strike. This report first appeared on North Shore Counter Info.

Holding the line: supporters picket Canada Post after back-to-work legislation

Sunrise at Edmonton picket, November 30, 2018 © Bob Barnetson

Union members and community supporters across Canada have been organizing militant and effective pickets at Canada Post facilities ever since legislation came down on Monday [November 26] making strikes by Canada Post workers themselves illegal. This report first appeared on Organizing Work.

Canada Post strike: reports from the picket lines as government orders workers back to work

A collection of reports and interviews from the Organizing Work blog, with Canadian postal workers speaking out on a struggle that's seen legislation brought in ordering them back to work.

Free parking - Phinneas Gage

In this piece Phinneas Gage recalls the challenges of organizing under punitive back to work legislation and the effect it had on shop floor organising. As tensions grow over a dispute about the safety of various parking arrangements around renovated facilities the shop again begins to mobilise. Then tragedy strikes and the workers are reminded that sometimes the cost of a partial victory can be as great as any defeat.

Snake march - Phinneas Gage

Concluding Phinneas Gage’s three-part series on struggles at the Canada Post during 2011, we present ‘Snake march’. In this final installment, he describes the moral as the lockout drags on. Parliamentary filibusters and symbolic occupations fail to turn the tide on contract negotiations. The postal workers return to work, determined to not let management bulldoze them in the shopfloor.

Buffalo Jump - Phinneas Gage

The second in a three part series about a strike at Canada Post. Phinneas Gage describes how the strike rolled on as the workers faced a common challenge of workplace battles. The government, employers, and national union began making moves to diffuse the situation and try to control the actions of the workers.

Turning up the Heat - Phinneas Gage

The first of a three part series that detail a set of organizing actions by postal workers in Canada during 2011. It is written by fellow Recomposition editor Phinneas Gage who expounds on the actions that led up to the CUPW strike, the predicaments that workers faced challenging management, and the indelible memory of seeing management flee an angry mob of strikers.