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The plight of farm workers 2018-05-25 [rabble]

Trump auto tariff investigation ill-considered 2018-05-25 [Unifor]

CUPE National Condemns the Killings of Protestors in Gaza by Israeli Defense Forces 2018-05-25 [Canadian Union of Public Employees]

Phoenix compensation talks stalled, says PSAC 2018-05-24 [The Times]

Phoenix: PSAC urges Trudeau to settle on damages 2018-05-24 [PSAC]

Civil service union calls for Trudeau to help ‘stalled’ Phoenix pay compensation talks 2018-05-24 [The Star]

CN Rail locomotive engineers ratify 5-year collective agreement 2018-05-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

International direct action to support the people of Palestine 2018-05-23 [rabble]

As bargaining restarts, largest federal union threatens to campaign against Liberals if talks go south 2018-05-23 [The Hill Times]

CP Rail union will call for talks to resume if contract rejected Friday 2018-05-23 [The Chief]

WestJet confident deal will be reached with pilots as talks continue this week 2018-05-23 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Anxiety lands as WestJet pilot strike looms 2018-05-22 [CBC]

CP Rail faces key vote deadline for two union contracts 2018-05-21 [The Globe and Mail]

CWA Canada welcomes La Presse ‘social trust’ model as alternative to corporate ownership 2018-05-20 [CWA Canada]

Honouring a Warrior of the Right and Fair 2018-05-20 [CWA Canada]

Think Global, Act Local 2018-05-20 [Teamsters]

Unions Are Appealing to Millennials 2018-05-20 [Teamsters]

Free Trade Agreements: Update ongoing negotiations 2018-05-20 [IAMAW]

Stand in Solidarity with Your LGBTTQ Sisters and Brothers 2018-05-20 [CUPW]

It ain’t broke, and privatization doesn’t fix anything anyway 2018-05-20 [CUPW]

Cliffs Pensioners, Former Workers Recover 60% of Pension Shortfall 2018-05-18 [USW]

Unifor recognizes Personal Support Worker Day with a call for action 2018-05-18 [Unifor]

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2018-05-18 [NUPGE]

Une entente qui arrive comme un baume pour les retraités de Cliffs 2018-05-18 [CBC]

The media and migrant workers 2018-05-17 [Rank and File]

Labour delegation to observe presidential elections 2018-05-17 [rabble]

Trudeau Trips Through India 2018-05-17 [Our Times]

Facebook Phooey & Organizing 2018-05-17 [Our Times]

CUPE condemns the killings of protesters in Gaza by Israeli Defence Forces 2018-05-17 [CUPE]

WestJet’s pilot troubles might be just the beginning of a very bumpy ride 2018-05-15 [The Star]

Teamsters members voting on final Canadian Pacific Railway offer 2018-05-15 [CBC]

Needle-exchange program in prisons - A very dangerous precedent, according to correctional officers 2018-05-15 [CSN]

UFCW Canada honours the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – May 17 2018-05-14 [UFCW]

Pay equity court case a guide for new federal law 2018-05-14 [PSAC]

ITF workshop on Open Skies may open doors with ICAO for IAM 2018-05-14 [IAMAW]

What is Happening in Palestine? Nakba – 70th Anniversary of the Palestinian Catastrophe 2018-05-14 [CUPW]

Ottawa cracking down on employers who abuse temporary foreign workers program 2018-05-14 [The Star]

WestJet pilots vow not to disrupt long weekend as a goodwill gesture 2018-05-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

WestJet pilots vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action 2018-05-11 [rabble]

'You Can't Have it All' and Other Truths I Like to Tell Myself 2018-05-11 [Our Times]

WestJet Pilots Vote 91% in Favour of Strike Action 2018-05-11 [VOCM]

WestJet Airlines pilots approve mandate for possible strike 2018-05-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

It’s time for government to pay for Phoenix foulups with damages and new contracts: unions 2018-05-09 [iPolitics]

Think you've got a tough job? Try being a nurse 2018-05-09 [CBC]

French Railworkers on Strike 2018-05-07 [The Bullet | Étienne Balibar]

UFCW Canada celebrates Bear Witness Day – May 10 2018-05-06 [UFCW]

UFCW attends migrant workers conference at Queen's University 2018-05-06 [UFCW]

Defenders of press freedom, including CWA Canada, call on PM Trudeau to do better 2018-05-06 [CWA Canada]

PSAC to step up action on domestic violence 2018-05-06 [PSAC]

Body Count: Canadians with curable illnesses are dying every day without pharmacare, according to a new study from Canada’s nurses 2018-05-06 [CFNU]

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, anarchist and labour organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1919 Winnipeg General Strike. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for 40,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he had been refused admission to Canada. [more]