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CUPE marks International Migrants Day 2018-12-17 [CUPE]

 VIDEO Paid Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence 2018-12-17 [MFL]

Charles Smith & Suzanne MacNeil on the right to strike, civil disobedience & solidarity pickets  ActNOW!  2018-12-17 [Rank and File]

Anti-Union Laws Reversed With the Passage of Bill C-62 2018-12-16 [PIPSC]

By the Numbers – The Price of Food 2018-12-16 [UFCW]

Migrant Workers Scholarship nominator profile: Odilia Muj Saput 2018-12-16 [UFCW]

PSAC declares bargaining impasse as Liberals table 2-year wage freeze 2018-12-16 [PSAC]

PSAC hosts its first National Young Workers' Forum 2018-12-16 [PSAC]

NUPGE support to international protection of human rights 2018-12-16 [NUPGE]

 VIDEO Government Rejects Postal Union’s Green Vision While Catering To Big Oil  ActNOW!  2018-12-16 [The Real News Network]

A good year but not without challenges! 2018-12-15 [IAMAW]

Parties Meet with Mediator-Arbitrator  ActNOW!  2018-12-15 [CUPW]

Safe Work and Safe Protests  ActNOW!  2018-12-15 [CUPW]

Aviation Fatigue Rules Less Safe than US 2018-12-15 [ACPA]

Why solidarity with CUPW is important now and in future  ActNOW!  2018-12-15 [The Media Co-op]

Oshawa and Postal Workers: Big and Small Lies We Accept  ActNOW!  2018-12-15 [Canadian Dimension]

Urgent Action Needed to Ensure Indigenous Women Are Not Sterilized Without Their Consent 2018-12-15 [CUPE]

The Liberals’ disregard for workers’ rights  ActNOW!  2018-12-15 [MacLean's]

CN Rail reaches tentative agreement with 2,100 Canadian mechanics, electricians 2018-12-15 [CTV]

Canadian postal workers fight “back to work” legislation in court  ActNOW!  2018-12-15 [UNI]

Job losses in the age of disruption 2018-12-14 [The Whig-Standard]

Nominate your 2018 Scumbag of the Year 2018-12-14 [Rank and File]

Our rights are meaningless if not defended  ActNOW!  2018-12-13 [The Advocate]

CUPE rallies with postal workers at Canada Post public meeting  ActNOW!  2018-12-13 [CUPE]

Union to take federal government to court over Canada Post saga  ActNOW!  2018-12-13 [Post & Parcel]

Protesters rally at Canada Post before AGM at headquarters  ActNOW!  2018-12-13 [The Citizen]

Via Rail workers protest across the country 2018-12-13 [The Sun]

Unifor says Via should provide jobs for Canadian workers 2018-12-13 [Blackburn]

7-day holiday work weeks highlight pay disparity between urban, rural mail carriers  ActNOW!  2018-12-13 [CBC]

'Profoundly disappointed': Pilots call new safety rules to address flight fatigue 'substandard' 2018-12-13 [CBC]

Postal workers union filing court challenge over back-to-work legislation  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [CTV]

Postal Workers Taking Trudeau Government To Court Over Back To Work Legislation  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [Huffington Post]

CUPW Challenges Back to Work Legislation in Court  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [CUPW]

CUPW challenges constitutionality of government’s back-to-work bill  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Postal workers’ union says poor management by Canada Post to blame for backlog  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [Now]

Postal workers delivering parcels 7 days a week ahead of Christmas, union says  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [CBC]

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [CTV]

We Are Not Alone: Allies Stand Up For Justice  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [CUPW]

Government Appoints Mediator-Arbitrator  ActNOW!  2018-12-12 [CUPW]

Labour rights are human rights: UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2018-12-11 [NUPGE]

Unions Should Go Big on a Green New Deal 2018-12-11 [The Tyee]

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute 2018-12-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

 VIDEO  National president of Unifor says Tesla not the 'solution' for Oshawa GM plant 2018-12-10 [CP24]

Invest more to prevent tax evasion, say Canadians and CRA tax professionals 2018-12-09 [PIPSC]

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $188,330 to 112 Food Banks Across Canada 2018-12-09 [USW]

Statement for International Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2018 2018-12-09 [USW]

Unifor supports Canadian women’s shelters 2018-12-09 [Unifor]

Wealthy families and corporations escape austerity agenda 2018-12-09 [UFCW]

UFCW calls for action and leadership on National Food Policy 2018-12-09 [UFCW]

Human Rights Day – December 10 2018-12-09 [UFCW]

This month in labour history

6-12-1917 Wartime miscalculations and naval mismanagement cause unprecedented devastation for working-class neighborhoods in Halifax, Nova Scotia. When two ships collide in the harbour, one of them loaded with tons of explosives, almost 2,000 people are killed. [more]

6-12-1921 J. S. Woodsworth, a Methodist minister arrested during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, is elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre. Re-elected five times, he is a founder, in 1932, of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. [more]

7-12-1970 The Royal Commission on the Status of Women releases its report. Many of the 167 recommendations relate to the status of women in the workplace, including pay equity and access to childcare, education and training. [more]

9-12-1910 Methane gas explodes in the Bellevue, Alberta coal mine in the Crowsnest Pass. The union had warned against gas accumulations more than once that year. There are seventeen survivors and thirty-one casualties, including one rescuer. [more]

9-12-1895 Annie Buller is born in Ukraine, coming to Canada as a child. She becomes an early woman leader of the Communist Party of Canada and one of its most formidable organizers. [more]

11-12-1984 The United Auto Workers Canadian Council decides to separate from the international union and form UAW-Canada, later the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). [more]

14-12-1965 A small group of women workers at Tilco Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, go on strike for a union contract, only to face strikebreakers and court injunctions against picketing. The strike is lost but leads to the abolition of ex parte injunctions. [more]

18-12-1910 Ginger Goodwin is elected to his first union leadership position at the foundry in Trail BC. [more]

19-12-1945 The historic 99-day strike at Ford in Windsor, Ontario ends with an agreement to have Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand arbitrate a new collective agreement. His decision leads to adoption of the Rand Formula for union security. [more]

20-12-2001 In a union appeal against an Ontario law, the Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of agricultural workers to trade unionism and collective bargaining. [more]

27-12-1913 Protests by members of the Industrial Workers of the World in Edmonton, Alberta, force the city to provide emergency work and housing for 400 unemployed. [more]

29-12-1876 Grand Trunk Railway workers in eastern Ontario go on strike in support of fired co-workers. The four-day strike is broken by the use of scabs and militia. [more]

31-12-1958 In Newfoundland, members of the International Woodworkers of America go on strike against the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company. When Premier Joe Smallwood decertifies the union, the struggle draws international attention. [more]