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Today's news - Quebec

Support staff at Quebec universities struggle with psychological distress 2019-05-23 [University Affairs]

Massive support for striking union members at Université de Montréal 2019-05-18 [CUPE]

Labour union blasts CAQ government during Bill 21 hearings 2019-05-16 [The Gazette]

Bill 21: Government lawyers say presence of symbols in courts is 'marginal' 2019-05-16 [The Western Star]

Strike dates set for 11 private seniors' residences in Quebec 2019-05-16 [The Gazette]

“Taking our place”: the CUPE-Quebec convention begins this week 2019-05-15 [CUPE]

Lab technicians at Semex in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., sign first contract 2019-04-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Dicom Workers in Drummondville Join the Teamsters 2019-04-28 [Teamsters]

Dicom owner-operators in Drummondville, Que., join Teamsters 2019-04-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

ABI Lockout: Minister's Hypothesis Solution Is a Copy-and-Paste of Company's Offer 2019-04-25 [USW]

Tentative Agreement at Autobus DL 2019-04-22 [Teamsters]

Labour minister proposes settlement in 15-month ABI lockout 2019-04-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

School bus strike in Quebec’s eastern townships set for April 24 2019-04-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Turbulence hits union contract negotiations with Bombardier and Airbus 2019-04-13 [The National Post]

Montreal businesses exploit young workers 2019-04-11 [ricochet]

Department took weeks to tell public servants about potentially harmful bacteria 2019-04-10 [CBC]

Nurses strike against 'being taken hostage' for overtime shifts 2019-04-09 [CBC]

Religious symbols: Which groups are for or against Quebec's Bill 21? 2019-04-09 [The Gazette]

Complaining of burnout, Quebec nurses stage overtime strike 2019-04-08 [CBC]

School bus strike in Eastern Townships, affecting 16,000 students, begins Wednesday 2019-04-07 [CBC]

CUPE recommends that municipal maintenance contracts be brought back in-house 2019-04-06 [CUPE]

Steelworkers Take ABI Lockout Battle to Global Stage 2019-04-05 [USW]

ABI rejects negotiated settlement to lockout 2019-04-04 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

ABI Upends Conciliation, Rejects Negotiated Settlement to Lockout 2019-04-04 [USW]

Nurses to strike against mandatory overtime Monday 2019-04-03 [CBC]

Montagnais Hotel workers in Quebec City sign new agreement 2019-03-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Teachers, religious groups denounce government's secularism bill 2019-03-29 [CTV]

Religious symbols ban: Legault confirms use of notwithstanding clause 2019-03-27 [The Gazette]

Attempt to gather info on what teachers wear violated charter rights, union says 2019-03-27 [Radio-Canada]

Provincial budget: investment in home care, fears about the private sector's role 2019-03-25 [CUPE]

Steelworkers Submit Counter-Proposal in 14-Month ABI Lockout 2019-03-22 [USW]

Unifor initiative brings together key players in Quebec’s aerospace industry 2019-03-21 [Unifor]

Daycare groups to file 40,000-strong petition opposing CAQ's pre-K plan 2019-03-21 [CBC]

Steelworkers, Bedrock Reach Agreement on Pointe-Noire Pellet Plant 2019-03-20 [USW]

Service members at Indigo Park secure better wages, benefits 2019-03-18 [UFCW Canada]

Municipal workers in Matapédia QC rise up against two new drilling projects 2019-03-16 [CUPE]

800 employees moved from Terrasses de la Chaudière over air quality concerns 2019-03-15 [CBC]

Health care super-agency board a clear sign privatization is on the horizon 2019-03-13 [NUPGE]

14-month lockout at Quebec smelter to continue as union rejects offer 2019-03-13 [CBC]

Montreal FedEx Freight drivers join Teamsters 2019-03-13 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Locked-Out ABI Workers Reject Unilateral Offer, Demand Negotiated Settlement 2019-03-12 [USW]

After 3-year stalemate, STM maintenance workers approve collective agreement 2019-03-11 [CBC]

FedEx Freight Drivers Join Teamsters 2019-03-11 [Teamsters]

MtlLink: Another strike on the horizon in the maritime transport sector? 2019-03-09 [CUPE]

Strike on the horizon at the Université de Montréal 2019-03-09 [CUPE]

Striking part-time workers stall traffic outside Lakeshore Atlas Tube 2019-03-07 [CBC]

Locked-Out ABI Workers to Vote Monday on Company Offer 2019-03-07 [USW]

Locked-out ABI workers to vote Monday on company offer 2019-03-07 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

ABI unionized workers to vote Monday on company offer to end lockout 2019-03-06 [Canada.com]

21 part-time workers at Town of Lakeshore on strike 2019-03-06 [CBC]

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, anarchist and labour organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue. She is later buried in Chicago with the Haymarket martyrs. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1919 Winnipeg General Strike. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for 40,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he had been refused admission to Canada. [more]

28-05-1927 The House of Commons approves a limited old age pension plan. To qualify, Canadians must be 70 years of age and pass a means test. Also, they must live in a participating province. [more]