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UNA Stampede BBQ attracts a crowd in Calgary 2019-07-16 [UNA]

UNA members rally against Bill 9 in Edmonton 2019-07-16 [UNA]

Does Jason Kenney believe in democracy? 2019-07-16 [NUPGE]

The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) confirms solidarity against Bill 9 2019-07-16 [ATA]

Kenney’s moves on trade puts ideology over Alberta workers 2019-07-16 [AFL]

Kenney government should not reduce agriculture health and safety requirements 2019-07-16 [AFL]

Farm safety legislation to get UCP overhaul over the summer 2019-07-16 [CBC]

 VIDEO Health workers march outside University Hospital, protesting Bill 9 2019-07-16 [Global]

Union pushes back as city moves all snow clearing labourers to shift work 2019-07-15 [The Journal]

Kenney’s moves on trade puts ideology over Alberta workers 2019-07-12 [AFL]

Wood Buffalo Housing continues to push for fly-by-night contractors over employees 2019-07-12 [CUPE]

Edmonton vision-loss rehab workers sign first collective agreement 2019-07-10 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

 VIDEO Lacombe AUPE members picket against Bill 9 2019-07-08 [The Advocate]

HSAA serves government with statement of claim 2019-07-06 [NUPGE]

Edmonton eyes more robots for mowing, snow removal 2019-07-06 [CBC]

Hundreds rally in Calgary to protest Bill 9 and support public sector workers’ rights 2019-07-04 [The Star]

Hundreds of public sector workers protest Bill 9 outside Calgary hospital 2019-07-04 [CBC]

Province-wide community BBQs to highlight fact investing in a universal child care program means investing in women 2019-07-03 [AFL]

Cancellation of lab services puts profits ahead of patients 2019-07-02 [NUPGE]

ATA President calls on Government to Issue School Board Funding Details 2019-07-02 [ATA]

Education Act Needs Amendment to Protect Sexual and Gender Minority Teachers 2019-07-02 [ATA]

Government’s Change of Heart on Grade 3 Standardized Testing is Welcome, but Should Go Further 2019-07-02 [ATA]

Edmonton Public Library flirts with cutting teens’ wages 2019-06-29 [Rank and File]

Is Kenney preparing for war with Alberta’s public sector workers? 2019-06-27 [iPolitics]

 VIDEO Calgary Fire Department faces $9M budget cut: union boss 2019-06-27 [Global]

Government, Opposition swap accusations, attacks in earplug debate 2019-06-26 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Government, Opposition swap accusations, attacks in earplug debate 2019-06-25 [Canada.com]

Province's largest sector union takes provincial government to court over Bill 9 2019-06-25 [CBC]

Labour Politics and Deflection 2019-06-22 [Rank and File]

Nurses union plans court action against province's Bill 9 2019-06-22 [CITY]

 VIDEO Nurses launching legal challenge of province’s wage arbitration bill 2019-06-22 [Global]

Are you listening? UCP's earplugs stunt an affront to democratic debate 2019-06-22 [CBC]

Union taking government to court as Kenney plugs ears in labour debate 2019-06-21 [The Herald]

Earplug stunt called 'light-hearted' caucus morale-booster 2019-06-21 [CBC]

Bargaining rights bill passes after all-night session in Alberta legislature 2019-06-21 [CBC]

 VIDEO Premier under fire for handing out earplugs during legislative debate 2019-06-21 [Global]

Premier hands out earplugs during debate on bill affecting union rights 2019-06-21 [CTV]

Kenney shows contempt for workers and democracy 2019-06-21 [AFL]

Premier hands out earplugs during debate on bill affecting union rights 2019-06-21 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

New bill could derail Alberta public sector arbitration for 180000 workers 2019-06-20 [The Globe and Mail]

Finance minister won’t guarantee delayed union arbitration will occur 2019-06-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

“Bully bill” will give UCP power to impose wage cuts without negotiation 2019-06-19 [AFL]

UCP limits debate on bill to strip some public sector bargaining rights 2019-06-19 [Global]

Opposition accuses UCP of killing debate on controversial bill 2019-06-19 [CBC]

UCP limits debate on bill to strip some public sector bargaining rights 2019-06-19 [The National Post]

UNA committed to consultation in good faith, troubled government does not seem to share this concern 2019-06-17 [UNA]

Bill expected to set stage for government interference in public-sector collective bargaining 2019-06-17 [UNA]

Bill 9, given first reading by Legislature, seen as clear violation of public employees‘ Charter rights 2019-06-17 [UNA]

Teachers cope with wildfire evacuations 2019-06-17 [ATA]

Expanded choice puts access and equity in jeopardy 2019-06-17 [ATA]

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]

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

14-07-1918 Birth of Grace Hartman, the first woman to lead a major national union in North America. She was elected president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1975. [more]

19-07-1983 Kamloops members of the British Columbia Government Employees Union begin a three-week occupation of the Tranquille Institution and take control of the facility, after learning that the provincial government planned to close it. [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]