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Today's news - Alberta

Migrant workers kept in basement of Burger King 2018-01-18 [Castanet]

New workplace safety laws discussed at meeting of union and government officials 2018-01-16 [UNA]

Teachers encouraged to participate in budget consultation 2018-01-14 [ATA]

Calgary professor wins ATA award for math research 2018-01-14 [ATA]

Celebrating 401’s Inaugural Diversity Committee Meeting 2018-01-14 [UFCW]

Wage freezes on the table as city begins negotiations with majority of unions on expired deals 2018-01-14 [The Herald]

United Steelworkers Alberta Lobby 2017 2018-01-11 [USW]

Nurses’ union strikes tentative deal with 2-year wage freeze 2018-01-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

2017 was a good year for working Albertans 2018-01-09 [UFCW]

Faculty Association Applies to Alberta Labour Relations Board for a Ruling 2018-01-09 [ULFA]

Province hasn’t suffered for raising the minimum wage 2018-01-07 [The Globe and Mail]

Health minister misses the mark in lab announcement 2018-01-06 [NUPGE]

Coalition calls on province to close gaps in workplace second-hand smoke legislation 2018-01-03 [CTV]

Decade after workplace smoking ban, advocates concerned over loopholes, pot legalization 2018-01-03 [The Herald]

Albertans start new year with new workplace protections 2018-01-02 [Global]

#MeToo movement prompts Edmonton businesses to strengthen response to sexual misconduct 2018-01-01 [CBC]

Workers Left Out of Bilateral Child Care Agreement 2017-12-31 [AFL]

New labour legislation a burden on Alberta businesses, chambers say 2017-12-29 [CBC]

Opioid overdoses a growing concern for workers in Alberta correctional facilities: ‘It’s disturbing’ 2017-12-28 [Global]

Nexen charged in the death of 2 employees at Long Lake facility 2017-12-28 [Global]

Looking Back on Organized Labour Wins from 2017 2017-12-28 [Teamsters]

Eight charges brought against Nexen over explosion that killed two oil sands workers 2017-12-28 [Reuters]

Ministry of Health assigns greater role to public sector in continuing care in Hinton 2017-12-24 [UNA]

Happy Holidays from United Nurses of Alberta 2017-12-24 [UNA]

Workplace safety deal reached to end lockdown at Edmonton Remand Centre: union 2017-12-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Bill 30: Psychological Injuries, Deeming, and RT 2017-12-18 [Rank and File]

Province to meet with Edmonton Remand Centre staff over safety concerns 2017-12-18 [The Journal]

Union head knocks NDP government for SAIT layoffs 2017-12-15 [The Herald]

Teachers cool to further wage freezes, ATA president 2017-12-13 [ATA]

Future uncertain for international exchange programs 2017-12-13 [ATA]

“Nixon is walking, talking proof of why we need tougher laws against sexual harassment.” 2017-12-13 [AFL]

Workers union wins temporary random drug testing victory against Suncor 2017-12-12 [Mining Weekly]

Suncor to appeal after random drug and alcohol testing blocked by injunction 2017-12-08 [The Journal]

Court issues injunction against random drug tests for Suncor employees 2017-12-08 [CBC]

Court grants Unifor injunction blocking Suncor random drug-test plan 2017-12-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Bill 30 and the right to refuse 2017-12-07 [Rank and File]

Superstore employees come forward after hate-filled video surfaces 2017-12-07 [Global]

Finance Minister comments under fire from HSAA 2017-12-01 [NUPGE]

Suncor to wait a week to find out if it can start random drug testing of employees 2017-12-01 [CBC]

Unifor says ruling on its Suncor Energy random drug testing injunction on Dec. 7 2017-12-01 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Lack of information, weak enforcement let private health care clinics blur public-private line 2017-11-30 [UNA]

CFNU International Solidarity Fund 2017-11-30 [UNA]

Finance Minister Joe Ceci’s call for no wage hikes for public-sector unions a risky strategy for New Democrats 2017-11-30 [Politics]

Massive overhaul to make WCB 'fair and compassionate' 2017-11-29 [The Journal]

NDP Government Hopes New Bill Will Better Protect Workers 2017-11-29 [Teamsters]

Bill 30, Alberta NDP’s workplace safety and Workers Compensation legislation, steps bravely into 21st Century 2017-11-29 [Politics]

NDP plans to include correctional officers, dispatchers as first responders to expand PTSD benefits 2017-11-29 [The Journal]

Workers to get right to refuse unsafe tasks as Alberta overhauls labour rules 2017-11-29 [The Star]

Finance minister signals no pay increases for Alberta unions 2017-11-29 [CBC]

Joe Ceci says 'recession behind us', wants unions to agree to wage freeze 2017-11-28 [The Journal]

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

6-01-1882 The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women. [more]

9-01-1974 Workers at United Aircraft in Longueiul, Québec begin a bitter confrontation that lasts 20 months. One result is the anti-scab law introduced by the new Parti Québécois government in 1977. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1981 An illegal strike by 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, begins. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When a Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montreal. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]