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Today's news - Newfoundland and Labrador

Dozens of Labrador mining staffers show signs of lung disease, report finds 2017-05-25 [660 News]

Report sheds light on silica dust danger, despite 'very poor cooperation' from Wabush Mines 2017-05-25 [CBC]

Union representing N.L. library workers slams 'very vague' report 2017-05-24 [CBC]

Library workers slam EY report on library services 2017-05-24 [CUPE]

'We have members literally starving': Pasadena woman fights for Wabush pensioners 2017-05-17 [CBC]

Nurses Working 24 Hour Shifts as Union Calls for Staffing Review 2017-05-17 [VOCM]

Federal court rules to protect the fish harvesters’ owner-operator policy 2017-05-14 [FFAW/Unifor]

South coast communities facing devastation, solutions needed from federal government 2017-05-14 [FFAW/Unifor]

FFAW calls for clarification from Premier on alleged interference in labour relations case 2017-05-14 [FFAW/Unifor]

Good Luck Finding a Cab Monday, for Good Reason 2017-05-14 [VOCM]

FFAW Demands Clarification, Premier Denies Interference 2017-05-13 [VOCM]

War of Words Between FISH-NL, FFAW Continues 2017-05-13 [VOCM]

FFAW Applauds Federal Court Decision on Inshore Fishery Case 2017-05-10 [VOCM]

South coast fishery in desperate need of solutions for stability and long-term sustainability 2017-05-08 [FFAW/Unifor]

Marystown municipal workers vote to strike 2017-05-06 [The Gazette]

CNA Job/Course Cuts Will Have Far-Reaching Impact: NAPE 2017-05-06 [VOCM]

'They really needed this win': Union pleased D-J Composites found bargaining in bad faith 2017-05-05 [CBC]

D-J Composites engaged in bad-faith bargaining: N.L. labour board 2017-05-05 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Marystown municipal workers to hold strike vote Thursday 2017-05-04 [The Gazette]

Labour board rules D-J Composites engaged in bad-faith bargaining 2017-05-04 [Unifor]

Province, union still looking for federal help for some fisheries workers 2017-05-04 [The Telegram]

Corner Brook town hall calls for new health facilities to stay public 2017-05-03 [CUPE]

Lost Time Due to Assault, Violence at Work Increased in 2016 2017-04-29 [VOCM]

Local Operating Engineers Lose Bid to Regain Control 2017-04-29 [VOCM]

Fish Processing Workers Hold Demonstration at WorkplaceNL 2017-04-28 [FFAW/Unifor]

Crab asthma not taken seriously, say plant workers demonstrating at Workplace NL 2017-04-28 [CBC]

LUMUN Asking for Executive Salary Review to Curb MUN Spending 2017-04-27 [VOCM]

NLTA Hoping to Avoid Layoffs for Coming Year 2017-04-27 [VOCM]

Workers to Hold Demonstration to Address Crab Asthma 2017-04-27 [VOCM]

Meeting yes, media no: FFAW to hear from protesters but not interested in 'spectacle' 2017-04-26 [CBC]

FFAW says FISH-NL Inciting Protests to Support Struggling Union Drive 2017-04-25 [VOCM]

FFAW defends spring herring fishery decision for 3L 2017-04-24 [The Telegram]

Fisherman taken away in ambulance 11 days into his hunger strike over federal mismanagement 2017-04-24 [The National Post]

Richard Gillett addresses supporters as protest continues at DFO 2017-04-24 [CBC]

Consultation with FFAW results in DFO announcing full stock assessment for northern cod 2017-04-23 [FFAW/Unifor]

'Richard is very, very weak': Fisherman's hunger strike enters Day 10 2017-04-23 [CBC]

Fisherman continues hunger strike protest after call from minister 2017-04-22 [The Telegram]

Gillett Enters Tenth Day of Hunger Strike 2017-04-22 [VOCM]

Trapped in Twillingate: Iced-in crab fishermen need compensation, FFAW says 2017-04-20 [CBC]

Celebrity fisherman says he's prepared to die on hunger strike against Ottawa 2017-04-20 [CITY]

Union Wants EI Benefits Extended to Harvesters Affected by Ice 2017-04-20 [VOCM]

Protest at DFO in White Hills 2017-04-20 [VOCM]

Fishing gear burned in Port au Choix protest 2017-04-19 [CBC]

Angry Protests, Hunger Strike Just the Beginning Says Fish Harvester 2017-04-19 [VOCM]

Weaker but steadfast: Richard Gillett's hunger strike outside DFO 2017-04-18 [CBC]

Hunger strike heads into Day 6 2017-04-18 [The Telegram]

Police Called to Picket Line for Striking Elevator Workers 2017-04-18 [VOCM]

Elevator strikers escalate tactics 2017-04-18 [telegr]

FISH-NL VP's hunger strike in front of DFO in St. John's enters fourth day 2017-04-17 [CBC]

FFAW leadership discuss shrimp cuts, transition to cod with Federal MPs and Fisheries Minister 2017-04-16 [FFAW/Unifor]

This month in labour history

1-05-1906 Socialists in Montréal organize Canada's first May Day demonstration. The following year ten thousand people assemble in the Champs de Mars before the crowd is dispersed by police. [more]

1-05-1986 Shirley Carr becomes the first woman president of the Canadian Labour Congress. A coal miner's daughter who became a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, she is also the first CLC president from a public sector union. [more]

2-05-1952 More than 1,000 retail employees, most of them women, begin a strike at Dupuis Frères, a major department store in Montréal. It takes three months, but support for the new militancy among Catholic unions helps the workers win a collective agreement. [more]

3-05-1887 British Columbia's worst mine disaster takes 150 lives after an explosion in a deep underground mine at Nanaimo. The casualties include 53 Chinese labourers, whose names were not recorded by the company. [more]

5-05-1972 Saskatchewan brings in an Occupational Health (and Safety) Act, considered the first of its kind in North America. It includes the right to information about workplace hazards, to participate in safety decisions and to refuse unsafe work. [more]

9-05-1992 An underground explosion takes the lives of 26 miners in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. A public inquiry into the Westray Disaster reports that workers were intimidated into ignoring safety hazards. [more]

9-05-1972 Leaders of the Québec Common Front go to jail for defying back to work laws during the April general strike. More than 300,000 workers participate in work stoppages and occupations that bring the provincial government back to the bargaining table. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, labour and anarchist organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue, but she is buried with the Haymarket martyrs in Chicago. [more]

14-05-1940 Emma Goldman, the veteran feminist, anarchist and labour organizer, dies in Toronto, Ontario. A memorial service is held at the Labor Lyceum on Spadina Avenue. [more]

15-05-1919 A general strike called by the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council brings out 30,000 workers in support of the unions in the building and metal trades. The city comes to a standstill for six weeks in one of the major labour struggles in Canadian history. [more]

15-05-1919 Winnipeg General Strike. [more]

18-05-1952 The American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs for 40,000 people at a union-sponsored concert at the Peace Arch between Washington State and British Columbia. His passport had been revoked and he had been refused admission to Canada. [more]