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Union says Alberta paramedics working in system at 'breaking point' 2018-03-21 [The Sun]

First tentative agreement reached with East Tank Farm in Fort McMurray 2018-03-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Sustainable public services unattainable without ‘revenue renovation’ 2018-03-18 [UNA]

UNA congratulates Madam Justice Ritu Khullar on her appointment to the Court of Appeal 2018-03-18 [UNA]

Rachel Notley gets huge applause, cheers & hugs from CUPE Alberta convention delegates 2018-03-18 [CUPE]

Legal Aid Alberta workers in position to go on strike 2018-03-17 [The Journal]

Government and boards should recommit to reducing class size 2018-03-15 [ATA]

Move forward, not backward 2018-03-15 [CUPE]

Female guards at Edmonton prison file lawsuit alleging prolonged abuse by male co-workers 2018-03-13 [The Globe and Mail]

Explosive allegations against male prison guards contained in lawsuit 2018-03-12 [CBC]

Benefits ‘open period’ offers UNA members chance to enroll in health plan 2018-03-11 [UNA]

Women still behind on International Women’s Day 2018-03-11 [AFL]

UNA celebrates International Women’s Day today, recognizing women's rights are workers' rights 2018-03-08 [UNA]

Artists with 'fluctuating salaries' welcome at new ATB branches 2018-03-06 [CBC]

Canada Post workers say sexual harassment ignored by management at Edmonton mail plant 2018-03-05 [CBC]

Local 79 delivers PRC success in Grey Nuns Hospital Labour and Delivery Unit 2018-03-05 [UNA]

New features added to UNA’s App 2018-03-05 [UNA]

Union preparing for Supreme Court fight against Suncor drug testing 2018-03-02 [Today]

Top court upholds injunction against drug testing of Suncor workers 2018-03-01 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

UNA congratulates AUPE and its new Auxiliary Nursing Care members but advises use of more accurate bargaining unit terminology by AUPE 2018-02-11 [UNA]

Court reserves decision on Suncor's random drug testing of employees 2018-02-09 [CBC]

Celebrating The Opening Of A New Clinic For Transgender Albertans 2018-02-09 [Teamsters]

New professional practice standards announced 2018-02-08 [ATA]

Wentworth Manor workers in Calgary join AUPE 2018-02-07 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union says workers 'under attack' as Suncor brings in automated trucks 2018-02-02 [Today]

Union outcry as automation eats up 400 oilsands jobs – and it’s just the beginning 2018-02-02 [Global]

Suncor driverless trucks will kill 400 net jobs, says company 2018-02-01 [CBC]

Driverless trucks aren't the solution for Suncor 2018-02-01 [Unifor]

Attempt to Use Fake Unions to Block Real Union Fails 2018-02-01 [The Law of Work]

Suncor phasing in 150 autonomous haul trucks, job cuts expected by 2019 2018-01-31 [Today]

United Nurses of Alberta recommend new contract 2018-01-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Postal workers’ Edmonton union leader reacts to moratorium on Canada Post’s community mailbox conversions 2018-01-25 [Global]

Not Paying the Arbitrator: A New Stall Tactic for Employers 2018-01-22 [Teamsters]

Province investigating allegations of staff abuse at Lethbridge Burger King 2018-01-19 [The Herald]

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]

This month in labour history

4-03-1910 An avalanche in the Rogers Pass, British Columbia, takes the lives of workers clearing snow from Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. A total of 62 bodies are recovered, including four the following spring. The dead include 32 contract labourers from Japan. [more]

7-03-1978 Women workers begin a 23-week strike for a first contract at a small auto parts plant in Centralia, Ontario. The Fleck workers' militancy wins wide support and shows the need for reforms in labour law. [more]

8-03-1980 In Hamilton, Ontario, an International Women's Day rally features the Women Back Into Stelco campaign. A human rights complaint by five women forces a major steel company to change their hiring practices. [more]

9-03-1906 Mine workers in Lethbridge went on strike against poverty wages. They were met with scabs, private detectives, and the police. Although they won a small wage increase the company refused to recognize the union. [more]

10-03-1957 Copper miners at Murdochville, Quebec launch a strike for union recognition. The unsuccessful struggle lasts seven months and the courts award Noranda Mines $1.5 million in damages, to be paid by the United Steelworkers. [more]

12-03-2012 Union organizer and feminist Madeleine Parent, born in Montreal in 1918, dies at age 93 after a lifetime of service to the organization of workers and the cause of social justice. [more]

13-03-1919 In Calgary, Alberta, delegates to a Western Labour Conference support abolition of the system of production for profit and endorse plans to organize workers on industrial lines. The next day they adopt the name One Big Union. [more]

17-03-1960 Five Italian immigrant workers die in an underground tunnel at a watermain construction project in suburban Toronto. The Hoggs Hollow Disaster draws public attention to the unsafe conditions in construction and the exploitation of immigrant workers. [more]

25-03-2006 An accounting instructor dies from injuries received on the picket line at Centennial College in Toronto during a province-wide strike. John Stammers, 62, was a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. [more]

27-03-1912 Thousands of workers start to walk out of railway construction camps on the Fraser River in British Columbia in a strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World. When Joe Hill visits, he writes a song for the Wobbly song book. [more]

31-03-1949 The Canadian Seamen's Union launches a strike to defend union contracts. Shipping companies and Canadian authorities collaborate with the Seafarers' International Union to drive out the CSU. [more]

31-03-2004 Bill C-45 comes into force, amending the Criminal Code to impose penalties on corporations and managers for violations causing workplace injuries or death. It is named the Westray Bill after the 1992 mine disaster. [more]