Striking in a Time of Austerity: The NOSM Strike in Northern Ontario

(Published in The Bullet: Socialist Project E-bulletin on October 3, 2010.)

The 150 members of Unit 2 of Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 677 have been on strike since August 16. The office, technical, and administrative workers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) went on strike after almost a year of negotiations to try and achieve a first collective agreement. NOSM is affiliated with both Laurentian University in Sudbury and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and has campuses as part of both universities; other members of the striking local are located in Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

At the forefront of the struggle are basic quality-of-work and quality-of-life issues. But lurking in the background are…

Read the rest at The Bullet: Socialist Project E-bulletin.

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