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Arbitration gives Toronto firefighters a new collective agreement 2017-08-20 [The Star]

Unifor Outs Grocery Execs 2017-08-19 [The Square]

Royal Ottawa fine a 'slap on the wrist': OPSEU 2017-08-19 [OPSEU]

Lakehead Motors strike ends after 16 days 2017-08-19 [TB Newswatch]

Steelworkers still fighting for pensioners in Wabush 2017-08-19 [The Aurora]

Elizabeth Fry workers says yes to OPSEU – and to a better workplace 2017-08-19 [NUPGE]

Paramedics on Ontario First Nations reserve unanimously agree to unionize 2017-08-19 [rabble]

Eaton Centre Uniqlo workers seeking to unionize 2017-08-19 [The Star]

Partial victory in ruling on hydro suit, but overall disappointment for Ontarians 2017-08-19 [CUPE]

Help finally on way for ailing miners exposed to 'miracle' dust 2017-08-19 [The Star]

PWU Members Support Fairy Lake Restoration 2017-08-18 [Blackburn]

Grocers could see maximum value with minimum wage hike 2017-08-18 [The Produce News]

OPSEU members score with tentative deal at Canadian Blood Services 2017-08-18 [OPSEU]

BMHC fine after nurse stabbed 'ups ante': Union 2017-08-18 [The Recorder]

Judge strikes down union lawsuit aimed at stopping sale of Hydro One stake 2017-08-18 [The Star]

Unifor to hold strike mandate vote for Cami workers 2017-08-17 [CTV]

Retail workers’ union says Ontario minimum wage increase is a win-win for both workers and employers 2017-08-17 [UFCW]

The Fight for $15 & Fairness isn’t over. It’s just gearing up 2017-08-16 [Rank and File]

5 reasons to be skeptical of this $15 minimum wage report 2017-08-16 [Rank and File]

Striking Pearson airport workers ask for fair deal and respect 2017-08-16 [rabble]

Paramedic union ratifies collective agreement 2017-08-16 [CUPE]

USW on expected Vale layoffs: 'They're looking for efficiencies. Manpower is one.' 2017-08-16 [CBC]

Vale video describes financial status, hints at layoffs: USW 2017-08-16 [CBC]

'No board' report triggers strike countdown at CWSDS: Union 2017-08-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Closure of beloved North York shelter leaves women in lurch, laid-off staff say 2017-08-14 [OPSEU]

Thomas: long-term care privatization stinks 2017-08-14 [OPSEU]

Another attack at Waypoint: Action needed now 2017-08-14 [OPSEU]

Linking care with security: the Leadership Table and Waypoint 2017-08-14 [OPSEU]

Machinists ratify new deal with Half-Way Mazda Motors 2017-08-14 [IAMAW]

Lakehead Motors owner goes on vacation – abdicates responsibility 2017-08-14 [IAMAW]

New Bee Clean Contract Ratified 2017-08-14 [CUPW]

UNIFOR Members Occupy Plant In Struggle For Pensions And Severance. 2017-08-14 [CUPW]

Process must include Peterborough GE workers, families 2017-08-13 [The Examiner]

Unifor occupation of Milton plant comes to end after cease and desist order issued 2017-08-13 [CBC]

Windsor Call Centre Employees Reject Deal 2017-08-12 [Blackburn]

Takeover of Northstar plant continues; company pursuing legal options to wrest back control 2017-08-12 [CM]

Freedom Mobile Employees Reject Company Offer, Seek Renewed Bargaining 2017-08-12 [CUPE]

Freedom Mobile employees reject company offer 2017-08-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Hamilton’s Hospitals Have Passed the Tipping Point: Urgent campaign launched to stop $27 million in cuts 2017-08-11 [CUPE]

Union supports NDP amendments to Bill 148 2017-08-11 [CUPE]

Pacific Blue Cross harming its brand with lockout: Labour 2017-08-11 [CUPE]

More must be done to solve school bus crisis 2017-08-11 [Unifor]

Mechanics, parts department staff on strike at Lakehead Motors in Thunder Bay 2017-08-11 [CBC]

Renfrew long-term care workers want action for more hours of care 2017-08-11 [Inside]

Airport pickets try pressure tactics to get Swissport negotiating 2017-08-11 [Mississauga.com]

Cami union enters 'most important talks in generation' with GM 2017-08-11 [CTV]

Cami: Unifor Local 88, with nearly 3,000 members, is entering a critical round of contract bargaining with GM Canada 2017-08-11 [The Free Press]

Unifor members occupy Milton plant that makes Boeing parts 2017-08-11 [CBC]

Amer Sports, union employees reach agreement 2017-08-11 [The Intelligencer]

CAMI bargaining opens as NAFTA talks loom 2017-08-11 [Unifor]

This month in labour history

1-08-1928 Ten workers are killed in the collapse of a gate on the Welland Ship Canal. They are among the 137 men who died during the completion of this shipping link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. [more]

1-08-2009 At Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, United Steelworkers Local 9508 begins an 18-month strike against Vale Inco. The main issue is pay equity with workers at the multinational's other operations in Canada. [more]

10-08-1966 9 workers died and 55 were injured in Ontario's largest industrial accident when the Heron Bridge collapses in Ottawa. [more]

10-08-1970 Nova Scotia fishermen and supporters march across the Canso Causeway, holding up traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. Their seven-month strike wins them the right to a union, but the fish plants refuse to recognize the United Fishermen and Allied Workers. [more]

12-08-1909 Freight handlers at Fort William, Ontario take part in a gun battle with Canadian Pacific Railway police. The seven-day strike is settled, but the CPR later fires most of its Greek and Italian immigrant workers. [more]

19-08-1998 The McDonald's in Squamish, British Columbia is the first outlet of the fast-food giant in North America to be unionized. The union fails to win a contract and in 1999 workers vote to decertify. [more]

20-08-1937 Millworkers and longshoremen on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick strike for better wages and hours and for recognition of the New Brunswick Farmer-Labour Union. Their success helps bring about new labour laws in the province. [more]

22-08-1950 More than 100,000 railway workers go on strike, shutting down the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines. A week later an emergency session of Parliament passes a law to end the strike, the first use of back-to-work legislation in Canada. [more]

29-08-1907 Seventy-five men, many of them First Nations workers from Kahnawake, are killed in the collapse of a huge cantilever bridge under construction across the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. Before the disaster, supervisors ignore flaws in the design. [more]

31-08-2013 A merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers brings 300,000 members together in Unifor, now Canada's largest private sector union. There are high expectations for new organizing work, especially among young people. [more]

31-08-2001 A McDonald's restaurant in Montreal closes after the workers there organize and before a first contract is negotiated. This is later documented in the film Maxime, McDuff & McDo. [more]