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Retired teachers: Lend us your power! 2018-06-22 [ATA]

Statement from AFL President Gil McGowan on arson at Edson Mosque 2018-06-22 [AFL]

Town of Ponoka wants to resume talks with AUPE after July 1 2018-06-22 [Lacombe Online]

Ponoka council to discuss labour contract 2018-06-20 [The Advocate]

Nurses celebrate Pride in Edmonton 2018-06-18 [UNA]

Labour Leaders host free Father’s Day community BBQs across province to talk about early childhood education and care 2018-06-18 [AFL]

Transitioning fossil fuel workers to the solar power workforce 2018-06-17 [PV Buzz]

Ponoka union staff approve strike 2018-06-16 [The News]

Union slams Fort McMurray airport over layoffs 2018-06-16 [The Star]

Safeway Union Members Build Momentum 2018-06-16 [UFCW]

Town of Ponoka workers vote in favour of strike 2018-06-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Airport layoffs hurt service, safety 2018-06-15 [CUPE]

Supreme Court will not hear union's drug-test appeal involving Suncor oilsands workers 2018-06-15 [The Herald]

At Edmonton Pride Parade, Alberta Federation of Labour asks: Which side are you on? 2018-06-10 [AFL]

Workers ratify agreement with Moly-Cop AltaSteel in Edmonton 2018-06-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

NPAA responds to constitutional issue related to Nurse Practitioners application 2018-06-01 [UNA]

Changes to Alberta Occupation Health and Safety Act 2018-06-01 [Teamsters]

Teamsters Local 362 Celebrates Announcement of Pipeline Expansion 2018-06-01 [Teamsters]

Need for respect brings passenger agents to IAM 2018-06-01 [IAMAW]

We need to seriously review the status of women in our profession 2018-06-01 [ATA]

Physicians reach 2-year deal with province 2018-05-31 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Pay attention to relationships, former president advises 2018-05-27 [ATA]

ARA affirms importance of united teaching profession 2018-05-27 [ATA]

Workers serve strike notice at Moly-Cop AltaSteel in Edmonton 2018-05-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Legal Aid Alberta employees ratify new collective agreement 2018-05-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

UNA App recognized as most innovative online tool at national labour communications awards 2018-05-20 [UNA]

Labour Board grants intervenor status to four parties in Nurse Practitioners application 2018-05-20 [UNA]

Elbow River Casino workers join the union 2018-05-20 [UFCW]

UCP policymakers get it right 2018-05-20 [ATA]

ATA president calls for teachers to speak up 2018-05-20 [ATA]

Prominent labour activist, plus well-known chanteuse and LGBTQ+ activist, named to Alberta Order of Excellence 2018-05-19 [rabble]

Health-care unions launch back safety campaign 2018-05-17 [COS]

Albertans Are Afraid To Report Workplace Injuries 2018-05-14 [Teamsters]

This Mothers’ Day it’s time for Alberta to commit to a Fair Start for Families 2018-05-14 [AFL]

Kenney’s tax proposals a gift to the rich 2018-05-13 [CUPE]

Jason Kenney wants tax dollars to go to private schools 2018-05-13 [CUPE]

What would Kenney scrap? 2018-05-13 [CUPE]

Call it what it is, says labour minister: Conservative governments denied Alberta working people their rights 2018-05-11 [rabble]

Kenney's tax proposals a gift to the rich 2018-05-08 [CUPE]

Health union launches campaign against 'threats' posed by UCP 2018-05-08 [The Journal]

UNA and Covenant Health launch new PRC tools at worksites across Alberta 2018-05-06 [UNA]

Making Alberta workplaces safer 2018-05-05 [Rank and File]

Conservatives can't be trusted with health care 2018-05-05 [CUPE]

Fire a worker and you get the union 2018-05-01 [Rank and File]

Most workplace injuries go unreported in Alberta: survey 2018-04-29 [CBC]

Workplace safety urged on Day of Mourning 2018-04-29 [Now]

Day of Mourning remembers 166 workplace-related deaths in Alberta last year 2018-04-29 [The Herald]

Hope on this year’s Day of Mourning: The Government of Alberta made workplaces safer in 2018 2018-04-28 [AFL]

Work starts now to make education a 2019 election issue 2018-04-28 [ATA]

Important To Recognize Day of Mourning 2018-04-28 [Teamsters]

This month in labour history

1-06-1986 In Edmonton, Alberta meatpacking workers go on strike against wage and pension rollbacks. One of their slogans is "Gainers makes weiners with scabs". There are more than 400 arrests before an agreement is reached in December. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men board boxcars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek to protest conditions in the relief camps run by the Department of National Defence. [more]

8-06-2007 The Supreme Court of Canada rules, in a 6 to 1 decision, that collective bargaining rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision describes collective bargaining rights as "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society." [more]

11-06-1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, a memorial day for coal miner William Davis, who was shot and killed by company police during the struggle for control of the Waterford Lake power plant during the historic 1925 strike. [more]

12-06-1934 Immigrant workers go on strike at the Noranda copper and gold mining operations in Québec, led by the Workers' Unity League. Strikebreakers are brought in, and there is no union contract until 1945. [more]

14-06-1912 Union leaders meet at the Lethbridge Labour Temple to establish the Alberta Federation of Labour and encourage solidarity among the province's workers. The meeting is chaired by Donald McNabb, the province's first labour member of the legislature. [more]

15-06-1872 The Trade Union Act comes into force. This is the legislation promised by the prime minister in April in response to the campaign for shorter hours and the arrest of striking Toronto printers. The Act states that unions are legal in Canada. [more]

17-06-1958 In Vancouver, British Columbia the Second Narrows Bridge collapses while under construction, and nineteen lives are lost. It is the city's worst industrial disaster. The bridge is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. [more]

18-06-1935 Longshoremen in Vancouver, many of them war veterans, march to protest the use of scabs to unload cargo on the docks. In a three-hour battle, police chase the strikers down on horseback and use tear gas to disperse the protest. [more]

19-06-1938 Relief Project Workers' Union members occupying government buildings in Vancouver are evicted by police. A battle follows. [more]

19-06-1914 A coal mine explosion in the Crowsnest Pass at Hillcrest, Alberta takes the lives of 189 men, mostly immigrants. Canada's worst coal mine disaster leaves 90 widows and more than 250 orphans. [more]

20-06-1959 A sudden violent storm on Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick sweeps away 35 men and boys. The Escuminac Disaster is commemorated at the local wharf by The Fishermen, a monument created by Acadian artist Claude Roussel. [more]

20-06-1984 An earthquake kills four workers at the Falconbridge mine near Sudbury Ontario. [more]

21-06-1919 A silent parade to protest the arrest of leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike is attacked by the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the special police hired by the city. Two men lose their lives on Bloody Saturday, and the strike ends five days later. [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court of Canada issues its decision in Lavigne v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, affirming the constitutional right of unions to spend money on social and political action to advance the interests of workers. [more]