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MPs, workers rally for electric vehicle incentives 2019-03-23 [Blackburn]

The giant 'S' word looms in auto union's battle over GM closure 2019-03-23 [The Financial Post]

Teachers’ union says increased class sizes could result in thousands of lost jobs, vows to fight the changes 2019-03-23 [The Globe and Mail]

Ford warns teachers’ unions not to dare protest class-size increases 2019-03-23 [The Spectator]

WSIB workers stage walkout to protest staff shortage, internal 'chaos' 2019-03-22 [The Star]

Adient contract brings jobs back 2019-03-21 [Unifor]

Striking Health Unit Nurses Continue to Give Back: Nurses Hold Blood Drive 2019-03-21 [ONA]

Stop hate: OFL statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2019-03-21 [OFL]

Peterborough teachers react to plans to increase class sizes. 2019-03-21 [Global]

Unifor reports productive talks with General Motors on Oshawa plant 2019-03-21 [CBC]

Don’t let racism divide us: Take action this Thursday! 2019-03-20 [WAC]

Workers at ParaMed Home Health Care Services in Barrie vote to join OPSEU 2019-03-20 [NUPGE]

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Returned Funding While Claiming No Money for an Equitable Wage Increase for Nurses 2019-03-20 [ONA]

Carpenters’ file conflict of interest allegations related to Bill 66 against Waterloo councillor 2019-03-20 [The Daily Commercial News]

Unifor reports productive talks with General Motors on Oshawa plant 2019-03-20 [CTV]

Leeds and Grenville nurses in Ontario headed to conciliation 2019-03-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Unifor in talks with GM to save jobs in Oshawa 2019-03-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Grand River Hospital cutting corners with lay-off and redeployment of frontline health care workers 2019-03-19 [Unifor]

Sexual harassment claim sheds light on how unions deal with problem within their own ranks 2019-03-19 [The Star]

Cannabis call centre workers join the union 2019-03-18 [UFCW Canada]

Hospitality members at Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre win gains 2019-03-18 [UFCW]

Conservative government announces more cuts to public education 2019-03-17 [ETFO]

Bill 66: another step backwards for the people of Ontario 2019-03-17 [OPSEU]

OPSEU statement on tragic shootings at New Zealand mosques 2019-03-17 [OPSEU]

Thomas: Is expelling and disrespecting rural MPPs the ‘Hillier’ that Ford will die on? 2019-03-17 [OPSEU]

Real Pleadings: Explosive Lawsuit Alleging Systemic Discrimination in Public Service 2019-03-17 [The Law of Work]

CUPE Ontario Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attack 2019-03-16 [CUPE]

Layoffs at Brant Family and Children’s Services part of an impending provincial crisis in child welfare 2019-03-16 [CUPE]

OPSEU President calls on Ford to reinvest in frontline health care 2019-03-16 [NUPGE]

'From what I've heard, the agreement was that union busters would [make it] so they didn't get a union,' 2019-03-16 [CBC]

Passed over, bullied, mistaken for janitorial staff. Black women sue Ontario public service alleging systemic racism 2019-03-15 [The Star]

Public service employees sue province, unions over alleged racism 2019-03-15 [The National Post]

Unifor Head Says Labor Board Ruling Won’t Stop a Future Strike 2019-03-15 [TTAC]

Radio Voces Latinas staff in Toronto ratify first union contract 2019-03-15 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Cannabis Store workers in Toronto join union 2019-03-15 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CUPE Ontario calls on MPPs of all parties to pass Bill 76 2019-03-14 [CUPE]

West Park Healthcare Centre workers join CUPE 2019-03-14 [CUPE]

Town of Lakeshore strike moves pro-am Play For A Cure hockey tourney 2019-03-14 [CBC]

West Park Healthcare Centre workers in Toronto join CUPE 2019-03-14 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Tentative settlement reached between CUPE and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health 2019-03-13 [CUPE]

Call centre employees go union with UFCW Canada and become first unionized workers in Ontario’s cannabis sector 2019-03-13 [UFCW]

Tentative settlement at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health in Belleville, Ont. 2019-03-13 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Steelworkers fighting for rights of all workers 2019-03-12 [The Spectator]

UFCW activists show support for #MeToo movement 2019-03-11 [UFCW Canada]

Educational workers implore Government to support students with autism 2019-03-11 [ETFO]

Workers at ParaMed Home Health Care Barrie vote to join OPSEU 2019-03-11 [OPSEU]

Thomas: health care super-agency board is a clear sign privatization is on the horizon 2019-03-11 [OPSEU]

OSSTF/FEESO Sends Letter to Bangladesh High Commission Urging the Government to Respect Workers’ Rights 2019-03-11 [OSSTF]

Educational workers implore Government to support students with autism 2019-03-11 [OSSTF]

The IAM Federal Fight for $15 & Fairness wins in Ottawa again! 2019-03-11 [IAMAW]

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]