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Today's news - Manitoba

Virden paramedic wants top job at MB’s biggest union 2018-02-11 [The Empire-Advance]

Safeway workers' union hopes for strike mandate to back contract talks 2018-02-10 [CTV]

Union holds strike vote for all Safeway stores in Manitoba 2018-02-10 [CBC]

Safeway workers to decide on strike mandate 2018-02-09 [The Free Press]

Safeway Bargaining Update, February 8, 2018 2018-02-09 [UFCW]

Hydro union leader targets safety and contracting out as rate hearings wind down 2018-02-05 [CBC]

Government Kills PowerSmart 2018-02-04 [CUPE]

Union creates new local for 7,000 Winnipeg health-care workers 2018-02-01 [CBC]

U of Manitoba violated bargaining law during faculty strike, labour board rules 2018-02-01 [CBC]

Hospital workers' union says health reforms putting patients at risk 2018-01-31 [The Free Press]

'Conditions are unacceptable': Internal report says 2 Manitoba labs danger to patients, staff 2018-01-30 [CBC]

Spike in meth use a safety concern for paramedics, ER doctors in Winnipeg 2018-01-27 [CBC]

No bulky waste pick-up for CUPE 2018-01-27 [CTV]

Solidarity Message from Unionized Tim Hortons Workers 2018-01-20 [WUCC]

Hydro contractor employee dies after being struck by falling steel 2018-01-19 [CBC]

Reasons to be skeptical of KPMG’s advice for the province 2018-01-19 [CALM]

Firefighters union boss says he's worth it 2018-01-18 [The Sun]

Workers at Securitas in Winnipeg ratify new 3-year agreement 2018-01-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

MGEU files complaint to get health-care support-services employers to bargain 2018-01-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Bus driver struggles with psychological trauma following crash: Union 2018-01-07 [The Sun]

Union says health-care workers being 'held hostage' in contract negotiations, files Labour Board complaint 2018-01-07 [CBC]

Union alleges province ordered 26 health-care employers not to bargain 2018-01-06 [The Free Press]

CUPE welcomes Flight Medics/Nurses at Vanguard Air as newest members 2018-01-04 [CUPE]

New wrinkle in wage-control bill saga 2018-01-03 [The Free Press]

Health authority wants to appeal case to Supreme Court of Canada 2017-12-30 [OHS Canada]

Court date set for wage-freeze challenge 2017-12-24 [The Free Press]

CUPE donates room full of toys to kids in the care of CFS 2017-12-23 [CUPE]

Put the brakes on Pallister plan for health care changes 2017-12-23 [CUPE]

Churchill, Manitoba’s privatization nightmare 2017-12-21 [Rank and File]

Workers at Rolling Dale in Brandon, Man., agree to new contract 2017-12-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Workers ratify new contract with HudBay Mining in Flin Flon 2017-12-15 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Province axes workplace safety committee, affected groups raise concerns 2017-12-11 [CBC]

Skip the Dishes: Poster child for precarious work 2017-12-10 [Canadian Dimension]

MGEU president accuses Pallister of breaking promises on health care again 2017-12-01 [The Free Press]

Penalties when workers die on the job don't go far enough, say labour groups, families 2017-12-01 [CBC]

Personal Care Homes newest victim of government cuts 2017-11-28 [NUPGE]

Arctic Co-Operatives workers in Winnipeg sign new agreement 2017-11-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Throne speech long on cuts, short on ideas 2017-11-22 [Unifor]

Churchill union 'disappointed' by Omnitrax actions 2017-11-16 [The Sun]

Province government's pot plan sticks public with costs, lets private investors reap profits 2017-11-14 [NUPGE]

CUPE to Pallister: Reverse cuts to bail program 2017-11-13 [CUPE]

White-collar union files respectful-workplace grievance over call to 'punish' Sterling Lyon Parkway planner 2017-11-10 [CBC]

Government looking to move away from project labour agreements 2017-11-09 [The Journal]

Teamsters Statement on Hudson Bay Railway 2017-11-07 [Teamsters]

MGEU President hears questions about bargaining and staffing levels on health care tour 2017-11-06 [NUPGE]

1919 Winnipeg General Strike Monument Unveiled 2017-11-03 [CUPE]

Winnipeg unveils 1919 General Strike monument near Hell's Alley 2017-11-03 [CBC]

UFCW 832, Manitoba students call on government to #ScrapBill31 2017-11-02 [UFCW]

Nurses wear White on Wednesdays 2017-11-01 [CBC]

Reducing nurses at Deer Lodge ‘dangerous’: union 2017-10-31 [The Sun]

This month in labour history

3-02-2005 Ontario's Liberal minister Gerard Kennedy describes 'strike' as 'a bit of a five-letter word' in the education sector [more]

6-02-2012 Eleven farmworkers, including nine migrant workers from Peru, are killed in a highway crash at Hampstead, Ontario. The tragedy highlights unsafe conditions in the sector and the exploitation of seasonal workers. [more]

9-02-1869 Birth of James Bryson McLachlan, at Ecclefechan, Scotland. As a union leader in Canada he becomes the champion of the Nova Scotia coal miners and a leading spokesman for the cause of labour radicalism. [more]

10-02-1928 At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine at Timmins, Ontario, the largest in North America, 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. There is no rescue plan in place and it takes five days to put out the fire. [more]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [more]

11-02-1963 At Reesor Siding, near Kapuskasing, Ontario, eleven union members are shot, three fatally, in a confrontation over pulpwood supplies for a strikebound mill. Three of the attackers are later fined for possessing dangerous firearms. [more]

14-02-1949 In defiance of provincial laws, asbestos workers in Québec begin a four-month strike for better wages and workplace safety. With strong public support for the miners' cause, the strike becomes a forerunner of the province's Quiet Revolution. [more]

15-02-1982 All 84 crew on board are lost when an oil-drilling rig capsizes and sinks in a storm on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ocean Ranger disaster is attributed to failures in structural design and inadequate safety measures. [more]

17-02-1944 Wartime unrest convinces the federal government to bring in an emergency order, P.C. 1003. It requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This sets a standard for postwar labour relations law. [more]

19-02-2017 Labour leader Bob White dies at 81 years of age. He is remembered as a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers and a popular president of the Canadian Labour Congress. [more]

21-02-1891 At Springhill, Nova Scotia an explosion takes the lives of 125 men and boys in the province's largest coal mine disaster. They leave more than 200 widows and children. [more]

25-02-1931 In Toronto more than 500 women dressmakers protest sweatshop conditions in the needle trades and begin a strike for better wages and union recognition. Large numbers of scabs and police are deployed. [more]