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Today's news - Quebec

How ‘essential’ is dock work? Answer could determine if Montreal longshoremen can strike 2019-02-05 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Food retail members at Metro Plus achieve higher wages 2019-02-03 [UFCW Canada]

Agriculture minister defends decision to fire whistleblower 2019-02-01 [CBC]

La Presse employees approve new contract with salary freeze 2019-02-01 [The Gazette]

Minimum wage going up in Quebec 2019-01-31 [Global]

End of the road: Téo Taxi closes shop, fires 460 drivers 2019-01-30 [The Gazette]

Tom Harding's Dismissal Ruled Illegal, Company Ordered to Provide Compensation 2019-01-28 [USW]

Food processing members at Eastern Quebec Seafoods build a better life 2019-01-28 [UFCW]

Teamsters want to meet with Téo taxi management 2019-01-28 [Teamsters]

Cannabis store employees fail to form union 2019-01-26 [CTV]

New deal would give SAQ workers more than $20 an hour 2019-01-25 [The Gazette]

Workers at Eastern Quebec Seafoods in Matane, Que., sign contract 2019-01-25 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Grappe de l'industrie de la construction: quelle place aux syndicats ? 2019-01-23 [La Presse]

Workers at VCI Composites join IAM 2019-01-20 [IAMAW]

Longshore workers invite themselves to federal Cabinet ministers’ retreat in Sherbrooke 2019-01-19 [CUPE]

Montreal Aerotek workers join IAM 2019-01-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Don’t shoot the bike messenger 2019-01-16 [The Tribune]

UFCW 500 activists raise $25K for blood cancer research by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 2019-01-12 [UFCW]

ABI Lockout Hits One-Year Mark 2019-01-12 [USW]

Lockout at one of Canada's largest smelters drags into 2nd year, with no end in sight 2019-01-11 [CBC]

Long-term care facility tackles staffing shortages by relying on volunteers 2019-01-07 [CBC]

Nurses union wary of nursing assistants being asked to do job of orderlies 2019-01-05 [CBC]

Montreal longshoremen at country's second-largest port vote for strike mandate 2019-01-04 [The National Observer]

Montreal longshoremen at country's second-largest port vote for strike mandate 2019-01-03 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Montreal longshoremen vote for strike mandate 2019-01-03 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Steelworkers Accuse Alcoa of Bad Faith Bargaining 2018-12-25 [USW]

Steelworkers accuse Alcoa of bargaining in bad faith during Quebec negotiations 2018-12-22 [Canada.com]

Montreal librarians, urban planners reject contract offer, blast mayor 2018-12-21 [The Gazette]

Alcoa cuts production at Quebec smelter amid 11-month labor dispute 2018-12-20 [The Post-Gazette]

Nunavik’s KRG, employees’ union reach agreement 2018-12-18 [The News]

Kativik Regional Government employees in Quebec sign new collective agreement 2018-12-18 [CLR]

Joliette RCM employees reach second collective agreement 2018-12-17 [CUPE]

Protesters at Trudeau airport back workers threatened with outsourcing 2018-12-17 [The Gazette]

Facing hefty pay cuts, workers demonstrate at Trudeau Airport 2018-12-17 [CBC]

UFCW is first to unionize cannabis retailers 2018-12-16 [UFCW]

Workers at 2 cannabis retailers in Quebec join union 2018-12-13 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

SAQ workers reach a deal in principle 2018-12-02 [Global]

SAQ and its unionized employees reach agreement in principle 2018-12-02 [CBC]

Nunavik’s KRG councillors urge an end to labour dispute 2018-12-01 [The News]

WIPTEC workers in Sherbrooke, Que., achieve new contract 2018-12-01 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

SAQ workers hold 10th one-day strike on Thursday, some stores remain open 2018-11-30 [CTV]

Nunavik’s frustrated KRG employees vote for strike mandate 2018-11-29 [The News]

SAQ workers could hold 10th one-day strike on Thursday 2018-11-29 [CTV]

Kativik government union members in Kuujjuaq, Que., vote to strike 2018-11-29 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

SAQ employees to hold 10th strike date on Thursday 2018-11-28 [CTV]

Canada Post workers in Montreal back to work following order to end strike 2018-11-28 [Global]

CSALP bargaining begins! 2018-11-26 [IAMAW]

Bombardier negotiations begin under the cloud of layoffs! 2018-11-26 [IAMAW]

Safety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workers 2018-11-24 [The National Post]

New contract for food-retail workers at IGA in L'Île-Bizard 2018-11-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

This month in labour history

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the more than 1,300 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

3-02-2005 Ontario's Liberal minister Gerard Kennedy describes 'strike' as 'a bit of a five-letter word' in the education sector [more]

6-02-2012 Eleven farmworkers, including nine migrant workers from Peru, are killed in a highway crash at Hampstead, Ontario. The tragedy highlights unsafe conditions in the sector and the exploitation of seasonal workers. [more]

9-02-1869 Birth of James Bryson McLachlan, at Ecclefechan, Scotland. As a union leader in Canada he becomes the champion of the Nova Scotia coal miners and a leading spokesman for the cause of labour radicalism. [more]

10-02-1928 At the Hollinger Consolidated Gold Mine at Timmins, Ontario, the largest in North America, 39 miners are killed when a fire spreads carbon monoxide through the workings. There is no rescue plan in place and it takes five days to put out the fire. [more]

11-02-1963 At Reesor Siding, near Kapuskasing, Ontario, eleven union members are shot, three fatally, in a confrontation over pulpwood supplies for a strikebound mill. Three of the attackers are later fined for possessing dangerous firearms. [more]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [more]

14-02-1949 In defiance of provincial laws, asbestos workers in Québec begin a four-month strike for better wages and workplace safety. With strong public support for the miners' cause, the strike becomes a forerunner of the province's Quiet Revolution. [more]

15-02-1982 All 84 crew on board are lost when an oil-drilling rig capsizes and sinks in a storm on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland and Labrador. The Ocean Ranger disaster is attributed to failures in structural design and inadequate safety measures. [more]

17-02-1944 Wartime unrest convinces the federal government to bring in an emergency order, P.C. 1003. It requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This sets a standard for postwar labour relations law. [more]

19-02-2017 Labour leader Bob White dies at 81 years of age. He is remembered as a founder of the Canadian Auto Workers and a popular president of the Canadian Labour Congress. [more]

21-02-1891 At Springhill, Nova Scotia an explosion takes the lives of 125 men and boys in the province's largest coal mine disaster. They leave more than 200 widows and children. [more]

25-02-1931 In Toronto more than 500 women dressmakers protest sweatshop conditions in the needle trades and begin a strike for better wages and union recognition. Large numbers of scabs and police are deployed. [more]

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]