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UNA congratulates AUPE and its new Auxiliary Nursing Care members but advises use of more accurate bargaining unit terminology by AUPE 2018-02-11 [UNA]

Court reserves decision on Suncor's random drug testing of employees 2018-02-09 [CBC]

Celebrating The Opening Of A New Clinic For Transgender Albertans 2018-02-09 [Teamsters]

New professional practice standards announced 2018-02-08 [ATA]

Wentworth Manor workers in Calgary join AUPE 2018-02-07 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union says workers 'under attack' as Suncor brings in automated trucks 2018-02-02 [Today]

Union outcry as automation eats up 400 oilsands jobs – and it’s just the beginning 2018-02-02 [Global]

Suncor driverless trucks will kill 400 net jobs, says company 2018-02-01 [CBC]

Driverless trucks aren't the solution for Suncor 2018-02-01 [Unifor]

Attempt to Use Fake Unions to Block Real Union Fails 2018-02-01 [The Law of Work]

Suncor phasing in 150 autonomous haul trucks, job cuts expected by 2019 2018-01-31 [Today]

United Nurses of Alberta recommend new contract 2018-01-27 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Postal workers’ Edmonton union leader reacts to moratorium on Canada Post’s community mailbox conversions 2018-01-25 [Global]

Not Paying the Arbitrator: A New Stall Tactic for Employers 2018-01-22 [Teamsters]

Province investigating allegations of staff abuse at Lethbridge Burger King 2018-01-19 [The Herald]

Migrant workers kept in basement of Burger King 2018-01-18 [Castanet]

New workplace safety laws discussed at meeting of union and government officials 2018-01-16 [UNA]

Teachers encouraged to participate in budget consultation 2018-01-14 [ATA]

Calgary professor wins ATA award for math research 2018-01-14 [ATA]

Celebrating 401’s Inaugural Diversity Committee Meeting 2018-01-14 [UFCW]

Wage freezes on the table as city begins negotiations with majority of unions on expired deals 2018-01-14 [The Herald]

United Steelworkers Alberta Lobby 2017 2018-01-11 [USW]

Nurses’ union strikes tentative deal with 2-year wage freeze 2018-01-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

2017 was a good year for working Albertans 2018-01-09 [UFCW]

Faculty Association Applies to Alberta Labour Relations Board for a Ruling 2018-01-09 [ULFA]

Province hasn’t suffered for raising the minimum wage 2018-01-07 [The Globe and Mail]

Health minister misses the mark in lab announcement 2018-01-06 [NUPGE]

Coalition calls on province to close gaps in workplace second-hand smoke legislation 2018-01-03 [CTV]

Decade after workplace smoking ban, advocates concerned over loopholes, pot legalization 2018-01-03 [The Herald]

Albertans start new year with new workplace protections 2018-01-02 [Global]

#MeToo movement prompts Edmonton businesses to strengthen response to sexual misconduct 2018-01-01 [CBC]

Workers Left Out of Bilateral Child Care Agreement 2017-12-31 [AFL]

New labour legislation a burden on Alberta businesses, chambers say 2017-12-29 [CBC]

Opioid overdoses a growing concern for workers in Alberta correctional facilities: ‘It’s disturbing’ 2017-12-28 [Global]

Nexen charged in the death of 2 employees at Long Lake facility 2017-12-28 [Global]

Looking Back on Organized Labour Wins from 2017 2017-12-28 [Teamsters]

Eight charges brought against Nexen over explosion that killed two oil sands workers 2017-12-28 [Reuters]

Ministry of Health assigns greater role to public sector in continuing care in Hinton 2017-12-24 [UNA]

Happy Holidays from United Nurses of Alberta 2017-12-24 [UNA]

Workplace safety deal reached to end lockdown at Edmonton Remand Centre: union 2017-12-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Bill 30: Psychological Injuries, Deeming, and RT 2017-12-18 [Rank and File]

Province to meet with Edmonton Remand Centre staff over safety concerns 2017-12-18 [The Journal]

Union head knocks NDP government for SAIT layoffs 2017-12-15 [The Herald]

Teachers cool to further wage freezes, ATA president 2017-12-13 [ATA]

Future uncertain for international exchange programs 2017-12-13 [ATA]

“Nixon is walking, talking proof of why we need tougher laws against sexual harassment.” 2017-12-13 [AFL]

Workers union wins temporary random drug testing victory against Suncor 2017-12-12 [Mining Weekly]

Suncor to appeal after random drug and alcohol testing blocked by injunction 2017-12-08 [The Journal]

Court issues injunction against random drug tests for Suncor employees 2017-12-08 [CBC]

Court grants Unifor injunction blocking Suncor random drug-test plan 2017-12-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

This month in labour history

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]

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

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]