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Unions and the CityNegotiating Urban Change$
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Ian Thomas MacDonald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501706547

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501706547.001.0001

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Struggling for Good Green Jobs in Toronto’s Deindustrializing Suburbs

Struggling for Good Green Jobs in Toronto’s Deindustrializing Suburbs

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(p.146) 6 Struggling for Good Green Jobs in Toronto’s Deindustrializing Suburbs
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Unions and the City
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James Nugent

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501706547.003.0007

This chapter explores the difficulties of attempting to bring the different moments of the production process together in a deindustrialized low-income neighborhood in Toronto's inner suburbs. Here, a resident organization backed by the Communication, Energy, and Paperworkers Union (now UNIFOR), the Steelworkers, and the local labor council sought revitalization through green manufacturing, rather than a future of gentrification and big-box retail employment envisioned by developers and the city. The chapter then traces the evolution of the campaign from a focus on industrial heritage preservation to green jobs, and ultimately a broader antipoverty campaign that incorporated gender, race, and ecology. Although the campaign failed to attract a private-sector firm to invest in the site, the coalition managed to overcome some of the dilemmas that labor has faced in similar site fights in the city.

Keywords:   production process, Toronto, Steelworkers, local labor council, green manufacturing, gentrification, big-box retail, green jobs, industrial heritage preservation, antipoverty campaign

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