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Today's news - Manitoba

Union official tells employment minister she doesn't look fat in her pants during press conference exchange 2019-02-22 [CBC]

Looking back on the Winnipeg General Strike 2019-02-13 [Winnipeg Free Press]

MGEU campaign profiles the People Behind the Public 2019-02-06 [NUPGE]

Call centre members at Integrated Messaging Inc. win more vacation, sick days 2019-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

Call-centre workers at Winnipeg’s Integrated Messaging sign contract 2019-02-01 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

MGEU members at NCN Personal Care Home ready to take strike action 2019-01-28 [NUPGE]

CUPE raises red flags on education review 2019-01-28 [CUPE]

CUPE accuses MGEU of 'fear-mongering' in government merger of health sector bargaining units 2019-01-26 [CBC]

CUPE raises red flags on education review 2019-01-25 [CUPE]

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation personal care home workers took strike vote Jan. 24 2019-01-25 [The Citizen]

Unions blast Manitoba government's move to merge health sector bargaining units 2019-01-25 [CBC]

Manufacturing members at Westburne Electric Supply secure better wages 2019-01-20 [UFCW]

Security guards struggle with lack of training, authority, union says after stabbing at Manitoba EIA office 2019-01-18 [CBC]

Employees at Winnipeg’s Westburne Electric Supply secure higher wages 2019-01-18 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Hospitality workers at Stella’s in Winnipeg join UFCW 2019-01-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

100th anniversary of Winnipeg's 1919 General Strike will be marked with monument, movie, books 2019-01-05 [CBC]

Province privatizing seasonal road work 2019-01-03 [CBC]

Job cuts ahead: Layoff protection for Manitoba’s civil servants about to end 2018-12-31 [Global]

Job cuts ahead: Layoff protection for Manitoba's civil servants about to end 2018-12-30 [CTV]

Transit inspector stations in force at busiest, most dangerous downtown bus stops 2018-12-27 [CBC]

Posties Play Grinch at MP’s Christmas Open House  ActNOW!  2018-12-25 [The Post]

Employees at Winnipeg’s Stella’s Sherbrook vote to join union 2018-12-23 [Global]

Restaurant workers vote for union amid harassment controversy 2018-12-22 [OHS Canada]

2nd Stella's Cafe votes to join union 2018-12-22 [CBC]

Restaurant workers vote for union amid harassment controversy 2018-12-22 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Winnipeg protesters call for right to strike, support for Canada Post workers  ActNOW!  2018-12-21 [Global]

Workers at Stella's Osborne location send 'very solid message,' vote to join union 2018-12-21 [CBC]

Stella's workers hold union drive at 2 locations 2018-12-18 [CBC]

Union workers protest Canada Post back-to-work legislation  ActNOW!  2018-12-18 [CBC]

Union drives at two Stella's locations near vote stage 2018-12-16 [The Free Press]

Making the season bright: CUPE’S Annual Toy Drive for kids and teens in care of CFS 2018-12-15 [CUPE]

Union feared political controversy after former NDP staffer's fraud was uncovered: witness 2018-12-15 [CBC]

Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Indigenous Women Are Not Sterilized Without Their Consent 2018-12-13 [CUPE]

Bus drivers learn about dangerous passengers 2018-12-13 [The Free Press]

Pallister government announces further weakening of health and safety regulations 2018-12-06 [NUPGE]

Christmas parcels more important than workers' rights, says Thompson CUPW president 2018-12-02 [The Citizen]

Canada Post workers rally at Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg 2018-12-02 [CBC]

Unions angered by delay in Flin Flon mine closure announcement 2018-12-01 [The Free Press]

Throne speech raises questions about plans for the civil service 2018-11-26 [NUPGE]

Bill would end requirement for unionized workers on government projects 2018-11-24 [Canada.com]

2-year agreement ratified at Town of Swan River 2018-11-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Throne Speech disappoints CUPE members with what it fails to mention 2018-11-23 [CUPE]

Babies born addicted to drugs up 42 per cent at St. Boniface Hospital 2018-11-22 [Global]

These workers led a campaign to expose a “toxic” restaurant chain 2018-11-19 [VICE]

Province spends over $16M on private consultants 2018-11-18 [NUPGE]

Not My Stella's campaign vindicates fired worker who tried to form union: activist 2018-11-18 [CBC]

Reverse the cuts to the Compass Residential Youth Program: Sign the petition 2018-11-13 [NUPGE]

Winnipeg fights back! #NotMyStellas and Make Armour Pay 2018-11-13 [Rank and File]

CUPE stands behind CUPE 5362 and CancerCare Manitoba 2018-11-08 [CUPE]

Will employees be the ones to pay for Manitoba's fleet vehicle cut? 2018-11-04 [NUPGE]

This month in labour history

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the more than 1,300 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

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]

11-02-1963 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]

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

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]