No Justice, No Peace: The 1996 OPSEU Strike Against the Harris Government in Ontario

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1999 - Political Science - 250 pages
In No Justice, No Peace David Rapaport uses detail, insights, and anecdotes from over 150 interviews - with picket line captains, local executives, union leadership, journalists, mediators, and union and management negotiators among others - to provide an insider's view of the strike and its political and economic contexts, often told in the strikers' own voices. Vice-president from 1991 to 1997 of OPSEU's huge Region 5, covering Toronto, Rapaport describes how the election of the Harris government and the early "Common Sense Revolution" cutbacks led to a large opposition movement, the labour/social justice coalition, the Days of Action, and the province-wide OPSEU strike. No Justice, No Peace traces the politics involved, from ideology and belief in free trade to the downsizing of public and private enterprises, from the restructuring and privatization of the public sector to collective bargaining between OPSEU and the Ontario Government, and, finally, to the strike vote and the picket line.
 

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Contents

OPSEU Acquires the Right to Strike
17
The World Changes for Ontario
29
The World Changes for Civil Servants
41
THE STRIKE EMERGES
51
Opposition to the Harris Government
53
Collective Bargaining until the Strike
63
OPSEU Builds for the Strike
83
OPSEU ON STRIKE
105
Legal Issues
180
Collective Bargaining during the Strike
189
The Strike Ends
201
APPENDICES
209
The Strike Vocabulary
211
A WeekbyWeek Chronology of the Strike
213
OPSEU Strike Financial Statistics
221
Results of the Three OPSEU Polls of the Membership
222

OPSEU Goes on Strike
107
The Politics of Picketing
117
The Picket Line Community
137
The Wider Community
161
Essential Services A Limited Strike
170
List of People Interviewed
225
Notes
231
Bibliography
241
Index
245
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