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Report on child welfare workers finds caseloads a “critical issue” 2018-08-21 [NUPGE]

Travellers should welcome unionization at WestJet 2018-08-20 [CBC]

Is there really a labour shortage? 2018-08-20 [Teamsters]

RCMP civilian members have voice in Treasury Board bargaining 2018-08-20 [PSAC]

Let the federal government know we need affordable, universal, and public pharmacare 2018-08-20 [NUPGE]

Universal, single-payer pharmacare plan the best solution to ensure all Canadians can afford prescription drugs, BCFED tells Ottawa’s advisory council 2018-08-19 [BCFed]

Hon. Jean Augustine presented with Unifor's Nelson Mandela Award 2018-08-18 [Unifor]

How federal public servants are raising awareness about the failed Phoenix pay system 2018-08-17 [CBC]

Most CRA auditors polled say Canada's tax system is skewed to protect the wealthy 2018-08-17 [CBC]

Unifor celebrates five years of activism at Canadian Council 2018-08-17 [Unifor]

Federal Steel Measures a Needed Step: Steelworkers 2018-08-15 [USW]

Politics Blog - The cost of the rich getting richer 2018-08-13 [UFCW]

By the Numbers: the wealth gap 2018-08-13 [UFCW]

Government underestimates losses from tax haven use by wealthy individuals 2018-08-12 [NUPGE]

Summer update – Our union’s work at CBC/Radio-Canada 2018-08-12 [CWA Canada]

CMG members at CP ratify agreement 2018-08-12 [CWA Canada]

The fight for a comprehensive pharmacare program 2018-08-12 [rabble]

Labour’s fate and revival in the US and Canada 2018-08-12 [Political Eh-conomy]

UN law protects against anti-union discrimination 2018-08-12 [HEU]

Liberals move to give survivors of domestic violence paid leave 2018-08-12 [CBC]

Canadian Press employees ratify agreement 2018-08-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

WestJet flight dispatchers file for union certification 2018-08-09 [The Herald]

Liberals moving slowly on dealing with unpaid internships 2018-08-06 [Rank and File]

By the Numbers - Portrait of Canadian Youth 2018-08-06 [UFCW]

August 9, International Day of The World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018-08-06 [UFCW]

'It's going to be hard': Sears pension payments cut by 30% this week 2018-08-06 [CBC]

Gap between very wealthy and the rest of us growing: CCPA 2018-08-05 [NUPGE]

Sears Canada directors still being paid, while former employees get no severance 2018-08-05 [NUPGE]

CUPE cleared for takeoff to represent WestJet flight attendants 2018-08-02 [CUPE]

Be a part of CUPE’s fight for pay equity 2018-08-01 [CUPE]

The Wisedom of Working People 2018-08-01 [Our Times]

Success From Grassroots Organizing 2018-08-01 [Our Times]

3,000 WestJet cabin crew employees officially unionized 2018-08-01 [CBC]

Stressed employees at CBA’s Ottawa office move to unionize the 122-year-old national organization 2018-08-01 [The Lawyer's Daily]

What Janus means North of the border 2018-07-31 [Rank and File]

Moves to protect federal scientists from political interference 2018-07-31 [The National Observer]

Government could compensate all public servants for Phoenix 2018-07-31 [CBC]

Feds considering 'tiered' compensation for Phoenix damages, no price tag yet: source 2018-07-30 [CTV]

Air Canada makes offer to buy back Aeroplan 2018-07-29 [IAMAW]

John Di Nino Elected President of ATU Canada 2018-07-27 [ATU]

Delta Air Lines workers maintain DB pension in new contract 2018-07-27 [Benefits Canada]

Ban Employers From Using Scabs During Strikes 2018-07-27 [Huffington Post]

Steelworkers Make Significant Gains at Delta Airlines 2018-07-25 [USW]

CUPE delegation in Israel-Palestine 2018-07-22 [CUPE]

Minimum Wage Earner Demographics Are Changing 2018-07-21 [Teamsters]

IRB review proposals will not improve asylum claims process 2018-07-21 [PSAC]

Judge quashes politically motivated CRA audits 2018-07-21 [NUPGE]

Fighting to Change the Culture of Bullying at Canada Post – Next Steps 2018-07-21 [CUPW]

Reel Women Seen wins 2018 Best Director Award 2018-07-21 [ACTRA]

Teamsters members at CP Rail ratify new contract 2018-07-21 [CBC]

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]

2-08-1918 In British Columbia, Vancouver workers go out on strike to protest the shooting of union organizer Ginger Goodwin on 27 July. This is often considered to be the first use of a general strike in Canadian history [more]

10-08-1966 Nine workers die and 55 are injured when a span on the Heron Bridge in Ottawa collapses during construction. Fifty years later, the bridge is renamed the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge. [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]

31-08-2001 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]

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]