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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2019-03-21 [NSFL]

Address the cause, not the symptoms of overcrowding in hospitals 2019-03-21 [CUPE]

‘He was a great guy’: N.S. firefighter injured during training session dies from injuries 2019-03-21 [Global]

Donkin Mine has received four orders and six suspensions since approval for limited mining began Jan. 25 2019-03-21 [The Chronicle-Herald]

‘Boiling point’ reached after Code Orange denied at Halifax ER: NSGEU 2019-03-17 [Global]

City workers say it’s time to bring Halifax snow clearing back in-house 2019-03-16 [CUPE]

Premier in a daze while Northern Pulp jobs hang in balance 2019-03-16 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Nurses' plea for Code Orange in overcrowded Halifax ER rejected 2019-03-16 [CBC]

Nurses union shows solidarity with paramedics on ER overcrowding problem 2019-03-16 [CTV]

Teachers to face criminal background checks every five years 2019-03-14 [CBC]

NSCAD strike comes to end, outstanding issues sent to mediator 2019-03-13 [CBC]

City workers say it's time to bring Halifax snow clearing back in-house 2019-03-12 [CUPE]

Credit union workers give unanimous strike mandate 2019-03-11 [Unifor]

Halifax has a Workers Action Centre! 2019-03-09 [Rank and File]

Members of NSCAD’s faculty union on strike 2019-03-05 [Global]

Stephen McNeil fails health care checkup 2019-03-02 [CUPE]

Nova Scotia Health Authority makes nursing shortages worse 2019-02-25 [NUPGE]

Union says dispute over OT payments to nurses exacerbating shortages 2019-02-21 [CBC]

1 year into code critical campaign, N.S. paramedics union say nothing has changed 2019-02-13 [CBC]

Town of Trenton municipal workers take strike vote 2019-02-10 [CUPE]

Airport and maintenance workers come to new agreement 2019-02-09 [The Post]

Town of Trenton municipal workers take strike vote 2019-02-08 [CUPE]

Trenton municipal workers vote to strike after town fails to ratify tentative agreement 2019-02-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Spat with unionized carpenters slows down opening of Cape Breton Farmers' Market 2019-02-06 [CBC]

Celebrate African Heritage Month 2019 2019-02-03 [NSFL]

Unappreciated and underpaid: Early Childcare Educators neglected at our peril, report suggests 2019-02-03 [Rank and File]

Teachers’ pension deficit needs to be part of contract talks: Premier 2019-02-02 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia feeling “unappreciated and underpaid' 2019-02-01 [CUPE]

Rebuild long-term care in Nova Scotia with qualified staff and a minimum 4.1 hours of care 2019-01-29 [CUPE]

Staff at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design give union strike mandate 2019-01-29 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

NSGEU and College of Social Workers call for support for child welfare services 2019-01-28 [NUPGE]

NUPGE mourns the passing of Dave Peters 2019-01-28 [NUPGE]

Tell the Premier you care! childwelfareonthebrink.org 2019-01-28 [NSGEU]

Special event January 30 – Child care and early learning panel discussion 2019-01-28 [CUPE]

Tentative agreement reached for CUPE long term care workers 2019-01-25 [CUPE]

Donkin coal mine proceeding with job fairs despite layoffs 2019-01-25 [CBC]

Tentative agreement reached for long-term care workers 2019-01-25 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Children at risk as Nova Scotia’s child welfare system is on the brink, union and social workers say 2019-01-24 [Rank and File]

Campaign aims to bolster child-welfare system 2019-01-22 [CBC]

Long-Term Care Recommendations Solid Starting Point 2019-01-20 [NSGEU]

Nova Scotians may end up paying for American border security agents if Bar Harbor becomes the new destination for the Yarmouth to Maine ferry this spring 2019-01-20 [NSFL]

Halifax: Refugees Welcome Here! 2019-01-20 [NSFL]

Disappointment that staff to client ratio and working conditions not part of panel’s recommendations 2019-01-18 [CUPE]

‘Still willing to fight for our rights’: Postal workers picket as arbitration begins 2019-01-18 [The News]

Halifax postal workers protest back-to-work legislation  ActNOW!  2019-01-17 [Today]

Hopes of saving dispatch jobs in Yarmouth extinguished 2019-01-15 [CBC]

Province and Nova Scotia Teachers Union at odds ahead of negotiations 2019-01-12 [Global]

Donkin coal mine suspends work after roof collapses 2019-01-04 [The Daily Commercial News]

Coal mine suspends work after 'roof fall' 2019-01-04 [CTV]

Union Matters: Happy New Year! 2019-01-01 [NSGEU]

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]

6-03-1925 12,000 Nova Scotia coal miners walk off the job after BESCO announced a 20% wage rollback and stopped company store credit for the miners. [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 Mineworkers in the Lethbridge, Alberta district go on strike against poverty wages and are met by scabs, police and private detectives. They win a small wage increase with the help of a mediator, but the company refuses 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, the Western Canadian Labour Conference calls for sweeping political and economic changes, including abolition of production for profit and the organization of workers on industrial lines. 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]

31-03-2004 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]

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]