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Today's news - Alberta

Union plans to fight Suncor's latest random drug-testing plan 2017-11-24 [The Journal]

Coal Mining Union Positive on Government Transition Announcement 2017-11-22 [USW]

Looming 'compassionate cuts' to Alberta budget worry nurse, teacher unions 2017-11-21 [CBC]

Film Union Leader comes to Fort McMurray with homecoming for Indo-Canadian filmmaker 2017-11-20 [CBC]

Nearly one in five city employees say they've been harassed, report shows 2017-11-17 [CBC]

Friends of Medicare calls for reversal of AHS decision to close public fertility clinic 2017-11-14 [UNA]

Send a message to your MLA about class size 2017-11-13 [ATA]

Transition Plan a Step in Right Direction for Coal Workers 2017-11-13 [AFL]

Unions Will Continue to Support LGBTQ Rights 2017-11-13 [Teamsters]

up $40M to help workers transition during coal-power phase-out 2017-11-11 [BNN]

NDP launches fund to support unemployed coal workers 2017-11-11 [Edmonton Journal ]

Alberta creates C$40m worker support fund as coal phase-out deadlines loom 2017-11-11 [Mining Weekly]

New transition supports for Alberta coal workers 2017-11-11 [Alberta Government]

Coal Mining Union Positive on Government Transition Announcement 2017-11-11 [USW]

Highway workers sign first collective agreement 2017-11-11 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union offers support to 'suffering' workers at Edmonton Institution 2017-11-10 [CBC]

Supervisor jailed, company fined, in death of Edmonton worker 2017-11-09 [CBC]

Fort McMurray Seeing Increase in Calls Related to Suicidal Thoughts 2017-11-08 [Teamsters]

Don’t forget political activism in the fight to support health care, Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee tells UNA AGM 2017-11-02 [UNA]

Nurses encouraged to receive annual influenza immunization 2017-11-02 [UNA]

Tell Premier Notley and Minister Ceci workers and employers deserve to control their public pensions.  ActNOW!  2017-11-02 [UNA]

A third of Vegreville CPC workers would rather quit than move to Edmonton: union 2017-10-31 [Global]

Excluding domestic servants and home workers from safety laws 2017-10-30 [Rank and File]

ATA Discipline process protects the profession and the public 2017-10-30 [ATA]

'I thought I was going to die': Crowds gather to Take Back the Night 2017-10-28 [The Journal]

Edmonton airport security screeners soiled themselves after they weren't allowed breaks, union says 2017-10-27 [Canoe]

President Heather Smith reminds 1,000 participants UNA’s 40th year AGM that ‘nurses go forward, they never go back’ 2017-10-26 [UNA]

Forty years of making work safer 2017-10-23 [The Advocate]

HSAA urges members to support hungry veterans 2017-10-20 [NUPGE]

AFL launching ‘Pay Before You Pump’ campaign to ensure his death is the last 2017-10-20 [AFL]

Members at U of C Aramark win first contract 2017-10-08 [UFCW]

Members at Compass Group achieve new contract 2017-10-08 [UFCW]

Majority of Albertans Oppose School Rankings 2017-10-08 [ATA]

Project Overseas—explore, educate and learn ​ 2017-10-08 [ATA]

Library Workers Honoured at CUPE National Convention 2017-10-08 [CUPE]

Health and safety review is long overdue 2017-10-04 [Rank and File]

Local Election Primer 2017-10-04 [CUPE]

Minimum wage increased on Sunday, becoming highest in Canada 2017-10-02 [GlobalNews]

Professional Responsibility success at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital 2017-10-01 [UNA]

Court rules in favour of Suncor on drug testing; union to keep fighting 2017-09-30 [OHS Canada]

inimum wage set to increase Sunday, becoming highest in Canada 2017-09-30 [Global]

Upcoming election a chance to discuss education issues 2017-09-29 [ATA]

Cancer journey inspires teacher to give back 2017-09-29 [ATA]

Province Needs Gas-and-Dash Laws 2017-09-29 [AFL]

Evidence shows a $15 Minimum Wage will be good for Alberta’s economy 2017-09-29 [AFL]

Local UFCW votes today on unification 2017-09-29 [The News]

Court rules in favour of Suncor on random drug testing; union to keep fighting 2017-09-29 [CTV]

Court rules in favour of Suncor on random drug testing 2017-09-29 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Foreign Worker Program Driving Down Wages, Breaking Alberta Law 2017-09-25 [The Tyee]

UNA and Covenant Health reaffirm commitment to Professional Responsibility Concern process 2017-09-19 [UNA]

This month in labour history

1-11-1956 At Springhill, Nova Scotia 39 men are killed and 88 are rescued after an explosion and fire in one of Canada’s deepest coal mines. [more]

3-11-1908 The Fishermen’s Protective Union is formed in Herring Neck, Newfoundland and Labrador. The union attracts strong support and achieves significant political influence. [more]

6-11-1945 Striking Ford workers and supporters use hundreds of motor vehicles to begin a blockade of the company plant in Windsor, Ontario. The strike leads to an arbitrated settlement and the protection of union security through the Rand Formula. [more]

10-11-1983 In British Columbia three months of protests against legislative attacks on union rights and social services reach a critical turning point as teachers prepare to join the massive mobilization led by Operation Solidarity and the Solidarity Coalition. [more]

10-11-1975 An iron ore carrier sinks in a storm on Lake Superior, with the loss of all 29 hands. Although the freighter and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald are American, the Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot a year later memorializes the disaster. [more]

16-11-1925 Three thousand workers at shoe factories in Quebec City go on strike when the employers announce reduced rates of pay. When the workers agree to submit the dispute to arbitration, they win a favourable result, but employers refuse to accept the decision. [more]

18-11-1929 At Onion Lake, in Northern Ontario, two Finnish-Canadian lumber camp union organizers are seen for the last time. When the bodies of Viljo Rosvall and Janne Voutilainen are found under the ice in the spring, they are buried as martyrs to the labour cause. [more]

19-11-1997 45,000 postal workers, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, walk off the job across the country over issues of job security, wages and changes to lettercarriers' routes. [more]

23-11-1921 A Maternity Protection Act, introduced by a labour member, is passed in British Columbia. It allows women to apply for six weeks' leave before giving birth and prohibits the employment of mothers for six weeks after. The leaves are unpaid. [more]