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Today's news - Alberta

No new RN hires in Red Deer mean staffing crisis is likely to continue 2018-07-21 [UNA]

“Strengthening Connections” at Sofina Foods in Calgary 2018-07-21 [UFCW]

Edmonton Remand Centre workers refuse to search for drugs 2018-07-20 [CBC]

Labour board certifies union after hotel fires worker organizing union drive, using new power for 1st time 2018-07-15 [CBC]

New Alberta farm safety rules an improvement but leave workers vulnerable 2018-07-12 [Rank and File]

Public sector cuts the last thing we need 2018-07-09 [The Herald]

Enforcement efforts incentivize wage theft 2018-07-06 [Rank and File]

42nd Annual Alberta Weeklong School a Success! 2018-07-05 [CUPE]

Justice Department says LRB is appropriate body to hear UNA Nurse Practitioner application 2018-07-03 [UNA]

PSAC continues to defend interests of Vegreville members 2018-07-03 [PSAC]

Largest worker advocacy organization applauds government action on Farm and Ranch worker health and safety 2018-07-02 [AFL]

Modernized rules increase farm worker protection 2018-06-30 [Occupational Safety]

Fire union head says province should pay Calgary Fire Department for medical services 2018-06-29 [The Herald]

Edmonton launches self-driving lawn mower pilot 2018-06-28 [CBC]

Employees at Old Dutch Foods in Calgary sign contract 2018-06-28 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Organizing increases in wake of Alberta labour law changes 2018-06-27 [Rank and File]

Proposed child labour laws are naïve and dangerous 2018-06-27 [The Parkland Institute]

Organized labour could be factor in 2019 election 2018-06-26 [The Herald]

Retired teachers: Lend us your power! 2018-06-22 [ATA]

Statement from AFL President Gil McGowan on arson at Edson Mosque 2018-06-22 [AFL]

Town of Ponoka wants to resume talks with AUPE after July 1 2018-06-22 [Lacombe Online]

Ponoka council to discuss labour contract 2018-06-20 [The Advocate]

Nurses celebrate Pride in Edmonton 2018-06-18 [UNA]

Labour Leaders host free Father’s Day community BBQs across province to talk about early childhood education and care 2018-06-18 [AFL]

Transitioning fossil fuel workers to the solar power workforce 2018-06-17 [PV Buzz]

Ponoka union staff approve strike 2018-06-16 [The News]

Union slams Fort McMurray airport over layoffs 2018-06-16 [The Star]

Safeway Union Members Build Momentum 2018-06-16 [UFCW]

Town of Ponoka workers vote in favour of strike 2018-06-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Airport layoffs hurt service, safety 2018-06-15 [CUPE]

Supreme Court will not hear union's drug-test appeal involving Suncor oilsands workers 2018-06-15 [The Herald]

At Edmonton Pride Parade, Alberta Federation of Labour asks: Which side are you on? 2018-06-10 [AFL]

Workers ratify agreement with Moly-Cop AltaSteel in Edmonton 2018-06-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

NPAA responds to constitutional issue related to Nurse Practitioners application 2018-06-01 [UNA]

Changes to Alberta Occupation Health and Safety Act 2018-06-01 [Teamsters]

Teamsters Local 362 Celebrates Announcement of Pipeline Expansion 2018-06-01 [Teamsters]

Need for respect brings passenger agents to IAM 2018-06-01 [IAMAW]

We need to seriously review the status of women in our profession 2018-06-01 [ATA]

Physicians reach 2-year deal with province 2018-05-31 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Pay attention to relationships, former president advises 2018-05-27 [ATA]

ARA affirms importance of united teaching profession 2018-05-27 [ATA]

Workers serve strike notice at Moly-Cop AltaSteel in Edmonton 2018-05-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Legal Aid Alberta employees ratify new collective agreement 2018-05-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

UNA App recognized as most innovative online tool at national labour communications awards 2018-05-20 [UNA]

Labour Board grants intervenor status to four parties in Nurse Practitioners application 2018-05-20 [UNA]

Elbow River Casino workers join the union 2018-05-20 [UFCW]

UCP policymakers get it right 2018-05-20 [ATA]

ATA president calls for teachers to speak up 2018-05-20 [ATA]

Prominent labour activist, plus well-known chanteuse and LGBTQ+ activist, named to Alberta Order of Excellence 2018-05-19 [rabble]

Health-care unions launch back safety campaign 2018-05-17 [COS]

This month in labour history

1-07-1935 In Regina, Saskatchewan, a rally in support of the On-to-Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers is attacked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men are killed and 100 injured. The Dominion Day riot contributes to the defeat of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. [more]

1-07-1923 Provincial police charge crowds at the steel plant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where workers are on strike for union recognition. In the 1930s, memories of Bloody Sunday help lead to union recognition. [more]

3-07-1979 Longshoremen in Saint John, New Brunswick refuse to load heavy water for the military dictatorship in Argentina. The celebrated No Candu/Hot Cargo protest brings attention to the abuse of human rights and secures the release of several political prisoners. [more]

7-07-1983 British Columbia introduces 26 bills to cut public services and limit union rights. Operation Solidarity launches a province-wide mobilization, supported by a wider Solidarity Coalition. This takes the province to the verge of a general strike. [more]

8-07-1900 First Nations, European and Japanese Canadian fishers on the Fraser River win a strike for a standard seasonal rate for their catch. It is the start of unionism in the British Columbia fishery, but a year later ethnic divisions lead to defeat. [more]

9-07-1793 Black petitioners and abolitionist allies succeed in gaining a law to limit slavery in Upper Canada. The importation of additional slaves is prohibited, and the children of slaves are to be freed at 25 years of age. [more]

11-07-1962 The road to universal health care reaches a turning point when Saskatchewan doctors fail to win public support for their strike against the implementation of medicare. Saskatchewan goes on to set the model for the rest of the country. [more]

14-07-1918 Birth of Grace Hartman, who became the first woman to lead a national union in North America when she was elected President of CUPE in 1975. [more]

14-07-1946 In Hamilton, Ontario, steelworkers take on the country's biggest steel producer in a crucial strike for union recognition. With strong community support, the steelworkers hold the line for almost three months to win an historic victory. [more]

15-07-1946 Steelworkers Local 1005 members walked off the job at Stelco, pressing for higher wages, a 40-hour work week and regular dues deduction. The bitter strike lasted for 81 days. [more]

19-07-1983 Kamloops BCGEU members began a three-week occupation of the Tranquille Institution, after learning that the BC govt planned its closure. Workers took control of the facility. [more]

23-07-1965 Postal workers across the country begin a wildcat strike that leads to full union recognition and collective bargaining rights in the postal service. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers soon emerges as one of the most militant public sector unions. [more]

24-07-1941 Thousands of workers in Arvida, Québec go on an illegal wartime strike and occupy the Alcan aluminium plant. The federal government claims enemy sabotage and sends troops. Work resumes while a settlement is negotiated. [more]

25-07-1917 An early morning explosion at No. 12 colliery in New Waterford, Nova Scotia kills 65 men and boys in the worst single disaster in the Cape Breton coal mines. A grand jury later approves criminal charges against officials, but there are no convictions. [more]

27-07-1918 Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer and socialist, is shot and killed by a special constable in the woods near Cumberland, British Columbia. In Vancouver his shooting leads to the province's first one-day general strike. [more]

28-07-1932 Three young boys die in an abandoned coal mine in Minto, New Brunswick. Two of the coal miners who come to their rescue also perish. The tragic event leads to the province's first mine safety legislation. [more]

31-07-1961 The founding convention of the New Party, soon to be the New Democratic Party, opens in Ottawa. Strongly supported by the Canadian Labour Congress, it replaces the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas is chosen as leader. [more]