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Essex County Library workers organize blood drive to support one of their own 2017-06-26 [CUPE]

Tentative contract agreement averts threatened strike by LCBO workers 2017-06-26 [CBC]

LCBO strike averted as tentative settlement reached to improve working conditions 2017-06-26 [OPSEU]

Teacher's union upset with school budget 2017-06-25 [The Intelligencer]

Gentek workers say they're on picket line over lack of respect from company 2017-06-25 [The Free Press]

Talks continue between LCBO, workers as strike looms at midnight 2017-06-25 [CBC]

Violence in schools prompts call for more front-line staff 2017-06-25 [The Star]

LCBO strike negotiations to stay corked under 'media blackout' 2017-06-25 [CBC]

Corrections staff reject proposed wage hike, other public servants accept 2017-06-24 [CTV]

Corrections workers reject new tentative deal 2017-06-24 [CBC]

'Eventually, many will run out': How an LCBO strike could impact restaurants and bars 2017-06-24 [CBC]

OPSEU unit accepts new contract; another rejects deal 2017-06-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

'Stock up, just in case,' says union leader as LCBO strike deadline looms 2017-06-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union sets up strike headquarters outside LCBO head office days before deadline 2017-06-23 [Global]

The Effectiveness of Random Testing at the TTC 2017-06-22 [Rank and File]

Injured workers and allies call for justice 2017-06-22 [rabble]

U of T reaches labour agreements with postdoctoral fellows, machinists 2017-06-22 [The Varsity]

LCBO to extend hours ahead of Canada Day, possible strike 2017-06-22 [CTV]

Violence against elementary teachers in Ontario public schools on the rise, union says 2017-06-22 [CBC]

Quality-of-life issues at centre of LCBO labour dispute 2017-06-21 [The Globe and Mail]

Memorial marks 1984 Falconbridge tragedy and all workplace deaths 2017-06-21 [Sudbury.com]

Selkirk unionized staff back to work 2017-06-21 [ParrySound.com]

Have HSR operate the new LRT system, says transit union campaign 2017-06-21 [CBC]

Workers rally for softwood lumber deal 2017-06-21 [TB Newswatch]

Extra-billing causes hardship and must be stopped 2017-06-19 [OFL]

OPSEU President to PC leader: don’t blame workers for fiscal mess 2017-06-19 [OPSEU]

OPSEU to cover medical cannabis for employees 2017-06-19 [OPSEU]

Highlighting the dangers of privatization in Cornwall 2017-06-19 [OPSEU]

New OPS deal not negotiated by elected workers’ representatives 2017-06-19 [Rank and File]

More must be done to help Ontario workers and their families 2017-06-18 [The Spectator]

OPSEU launches new website to expose the reality of work at the LCBO 2017-06-17 [OPSEU]

Selkirk staff in Carling on strike 2017-06-17 [ParrySound.com]

Elementary teachers back in court to seek remedy after province imposed contract 2017-06-17 [CBC]

Union provides pain-relief marijuana alternative to discourage opioid prescriptions 2017-06-17 [CBC]

CUPE education workers reach agreement on Bill 115 'remedy' with provincial government 2017-06-16 [CUPE]

Province owes teachers, education workers more than $100M for rights violations 2017-06-16 [Metro]

Education workers win $100 million in compensation for breach of right to collective bargaining 2017-06-16 [CUPE]

Province owes teachers, education workers more than $100 million for violating rights 2017-06-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Deadly dust in the TTC 2017-06-15 [Rank and File]

Unionists and the new workplaces legislation 2017-06-15 [CP]

Government argues parliamentary privilege should protect Premier from being accountable to the court 2017-06-15 [CUPE]

Grey Bruce Labour Council Welcomes Progressive Change 2017-06-15 [Blackburn]

QP offers to extend civil servant contracts past next election: union 2017-06-15 [CBC]

QP offers to extend more contracts past next election with 'no concessions' 2017-06-15 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Health Sciences North health-care professionals join ONA 2017-06-15 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

At lager heads? Union pop up information pickets at Perth, Smiths Falls stores 2017-06-14 [Inside]

Province offers public servants contract extensions, 7.5% raises 2017-06-14 [CBC]

OPSEU education workers to get $2.75 million in damages over Bill 115 2017-06-13 [NUPGE]

35,500 OPSEU workers offered new contracts with 7.5% raises 2017-06-13 [CTV]

Premier Kathleen Wynne hopeful LCBO strike can be averted 2017-06-13 [The Star]

This month in labour history

1-06-1986 In Edmonton, Alberta meatpacking workers go on strike against wage and pension rollbacks. One of their slogans is "Gainers makes weiners with scabs". There are more than 400 arrests before an agreement is reached in December. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men board boxcars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek to protest conditions in the relief camps run by the Department of National Defence. [more]

8-06-2007 The Supreme Court of Canada rules, in a 6 to 1 decision, that collective bargaining rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision describes collective bargaining rights as "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society." [more]

11-06-1925 11 June 1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia, a memorial day for coal miner William Davis, who was shot and killed by company police during the struggle for control of the Waterford Lake power plant during the long 1925 strike. [more]

12-06-1934 Immigrant workers go on strike at the Noranda copper and gold mining operations in Québec, led by the Workers' Unity League. Strikebreakers are brought in, and there is no union contract until 1945. [more]

14-06-1912 Union leaders meet at the Lethbridge Labour Temple to establish the Alberta Federation of Labour and encourage solidarity among the province's workers. The meeting is chaired by Donald McNabb, the province's first labour member of the legislature. [more]

15-06-1872 The Trade Union Act, promised by the prime minister in April in response to the campaign for shorter hours and the arrest of striking Toronto printers, comes into force. The Act states that unions are legal in Canada. [more]

17-06-1958 In Vancouver, British Columbia the Second Narrows Bridge collapses while under construction, and nineteen lives are lost. It is the city's worst industrial disaster. The bridge is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. [more]

18-06-1935 Longshoremen in Vancouver, many of them war veterans, march to protest the use of scabs to unload cargo on the docks. In a three-hour battle, police chase the strikers down on horseback and use tear gas to disperse the protest. [more]

19-06-1938 Relief Project Workers' Union members occupying government buildings in Vancouver are evicted by police. A battle follows. [more]

19-06-1914 A coal mine explosion in the Crowsnest Pass at Hillcrest, Alberta takes the lives of 189 men, mostly immigrants. Canada's worst coal mine disaster leaves 90 widows and more than 250 orphans. [more]

20-06-1959 A sudden violent storm on Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick sweeps away 35 men and boys. The Escuminac Disaster is commemorated at the local wharf by The Fishermen, a monument created by Acadian artist Claude Roussel. [more]

21-06-1919 A silent parade to protest the arrest of leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike is attacked by the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the special police hired by the city. Two men lose their lives on Bloody Saturday, and the strike ends five days later. [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court of Canada issues its decision in Lavigne v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, affirming the constitutional right of unions to spend money on social and political action to advance the interests of workers. [more]