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'Disbelief' for D-J Composites worker who was laid off after contract fight 2019-02-07 [CBC]

Mayor Bernie Power, take your head out of the sand: CUPE 1761 2019-02-06 [CUPE]

Limit Reference Point for Northern Cod Fails to Capture Historical Data, Harvester Observations 2019-02-03 [FFAW/Unifor]

NAPE Raises Concerns Over Loss of Pathology Services in Carbonear 2019-02-03 [VOCM]

Unifor donates $20,000 to Community Food Sharing Association after warehouse fire 2019-02-02 [Unifor]

Loss of Pathology Services in Carbonear Akin to Death by a Thousand Cuts: NAPE 2019-02-02 [VOCM]

MUN Maintenance Workers Reach Tentative Agreement 2019-02-02 [VOCM]

FFAW Numbers Show Major Cod Resurgence 2019-01-30 [VOCM]

Labour leader Bill Parsons remembered as tireless force for workers' rights 2019-01-29 [CBC]

A Labour Leader Ahead of His Time 2019-01-29 [VOCM]

Newdock Ordered to Pay $20,000 in Fines After 2016 OHS Incident 2019-01-29 [VOCM]

NLTA Responds to Concerns About Chronic Absenteeism 2019-01-28 [VOCM]

Longtime Labour Leader William Parsons Passes Away 2019-01-28 [VOCM]

FISH-NL's union status upheld by Supreme Court 2019-01-24 [CBC]

Supreme Court Strikes Down FFAW Appeal of FISH-NL’s Union Status 2019-01-24 [VOCM]

Supreme Court Decision a ‘Huge Boost’ for FISH-NL, says Cleary 2019-01-24 [VOCM]

NLTA Reaches Tentative Agreement with Provincial Government 2019-01-23 [VOCM]

Nurses are working 24 hours straight, and their union is speaking out against forced overtime 2019-01-20 [CBC]

FFAW Leadership Meets with Federal NL Caucus 2019-01-19 [FFAW/Unifor]

Service NL Targets Workplace Violence, Harassment in New Regulations 2019-01-17 [VOCM]

Contracting Company Fined $60,000 for 2015 Workplace Accident 2019-01-16 [VOCM]

Company Pleads Guilty to Charge in Workplace Accident at Paul Reynolds Centre 2019-01-15 [VOCM]

MUN Reaches Tentative Agreements with Faculty Association and Lecturers’ Union 2019-01-13 [VOCM]

Offshore Draggers Threaten Already Vulnerable 3Ps Cod Stocks 2019-01-12 [FFAW/Unifor]

Nurses Commonly Forced to Work 24-Hour Shifts Due to Staff Shortages: Forward 2019-01-10 [VOCM]

New Domestic Violence Leave Legislation “Very Important,” Says Rogers. 2019-01-07 [VOCM]

Report on Deaths Under Incarceration Complete, But Union Waiting for Families Before Seeing It 2019-01-07 [VOCM]

FFAW Members Rescue Surfer Off St. Vincent’s Beach 2019-01-01 [FFAW/Unifor]

Growing Optimism about Fishery, says FFAW President 2018-12-29 [VOCM]

United Steelworkers Establishes a Community Fund for Former Members 2018-12-20 [USW]

MUN Instructors Vote in Favor of Strike Action 2018-12-20 [VOCM]

Provincial employees bear burden of poor fiscal management: CUPE 2018-12-15 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

MUNSU Concerned About Possible Work Stoppage at Memorial University 2018-12-13 [VOCM]

Presumptive Mental Health Legislation for Work-Related PTSD a Big Victory for Workers – NL Employers Council Opposition Shameful 2018-12-09 [NLFL]

Funding for Experimental Redfish Fishery Brings Opportunity for Inshore Harvesters 2018-12-09 [FFAW/Unifor]

Federation of Labour Hails Presumptive PTSD Coverage as a Win for Workers 2018-12-07 [VOCM]

Province brings in presumptive workplace mental health legislation 2018-12-05 [NUPGE]

Twillingate fisherman concerned about proposed changes to crab stock classification 2018-12-05 [The Western Star]

D-J Composites Dispute is Exhibit A for Reformed Labour Laws, says Unifor 2018-12-05 [VOCM]

Labour Unions, First Responders Applaud Presumptive Coverage for Work-Related PTSD 2018-12-05 [VOCM]

MUN students worry as teaching staff put in strike vote position 2018-12-04 [CBC]

Lock out at D-J Composites finally over 2018-12-04 [Unifor]

Lockout over for D-J Composites workers, but not everyone gets to return to work 2018-12-04 [CBC]

D-J Composites Dispute Reaches End After Two-Year Lockout 2018-12-04 [VOCM]

D-J Composites lock-out ends with arbitrator decision 2018-12-04 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

CUPE Wants Tighter Legislation When it Comes to P3s 2018-11-30 [VOCM]

Marystown Marine Workers happy with final agreement with Marbase 2018-11-29 [The Western Star]

Moore’s Ambulance Service, Operators Reach Collective Agreement 2018-11-24 [VOCM]

Tentative deal awaits ratification for Moore’s Ambulance operators 2018-11-22 [The Telegram]

FFAW Questions Government Response to Oil Spill 2018-11-22 [VOCM]

This month in labour history

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the more than 1,300 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [more]

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]

11-02-1963 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]

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

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]