They may be small in number, but 120 striking Toronto workers are making global waves in the labour movement.
On September 6, 2013, the workers at a Crown Holdings canning plant in Weston, a north Toronto neighbourhood, went on strike. They have remained on the line for eight months, picketing through one of the harshest winters in memory and almost unanimously rejecting proposed collective agreements because they refused to be "starved out" in order to meet the demands of management.
Why is this strike significant? It's not the length of time that the workers have been off the job that is important. It's that this labour dispute goes to the root of the issues facing the labour movement today.
Here are three reasons why the Toronto workers are making global waves in the labour movement