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Hay River Health - Tentative Agreement Reached! 2019-06-17 [UNW-PSAC]

Gov't wrong to fire supervisor who shipped booze into dry community: arbitrator 2019-04-30 [CBC]

Power Corp, union reach 'tentative agreement' worth 8.9% over six years 2019-04-07 [Cabin Radio]

Power Corporation reaches tentative agreement with union 2019-04-07 [CBC]

Facing a strike in his first week, NTPC boss urges 'balance' 2019-04-04 [Cabin Radio]

Power Corporation workers serve strike notice again 2019-04-04 [CBC]

Gov't 'pleased' with recommendations for new collective agreement 2019-03-26 [CBC]

No strike on Monday for N.W.T. gov't workers 2019-02-11 [CBC]

Union reveals entirely new ‘strategic strike’ plan, and pay 2019-02-10 [Cabin Radio]

Internal UNW strike plan targets MLAs who voted against binding arbitration 2019-02-10 [CBC]

MLAs say no to binding arbitration 2019-02-09 [Yahoo]

Workers on strike could earn 60 per cent of salary: UNW 2019-02-09 [My Yellowknife]

Union changes strike pay to 60 percent of gross salary 2019-02-09 [Cabin Radio]

Strike still looming as N.W.T. MLAs say no to binding arbitration 2019-02-09 [CBC]

Warmer weather finally forecast as workers ready for walkout 2019-02-08 [Cabin Radio]

Yellowknife MLAs call for binding arbitration with UNW 2019-02-08 [My Yellowknife]

Fear and uncertainty across NWT as strike inches closer 2019-02-08 [Cabin Radio]

Why won’t the GNWT accept binding arbitration? 2019-02-07 [Cabin Radio]

Premier says union confrontation was ‘illegal job action’ 2019-02-07 [Cabin Radio]

UNW members confront Premier McLeod Tuesday night 2019-02-07 [My Yellowknife]

Power corp employees to strike Monday, if no deal reached 2019-02-07 [My Yellowknife]

Wrong place, wrong time: N.W.T. premier responds to constituency meeting confrontation 2019-02-07 [CBC]

Power corp. workers join government workers in strike notice 2019-02-07 [CBC]

Union workers will strike at 00:01 Monday, if no progress reached 2019-02-06 [My Yellowknife]

Union protesters crash N.W.T. premier Bob McLeod's constituency meeting 2019-02-06 [CBC]

'We are not bluffing': N.W.T. gov't workers could be on picket lines next week 2019-02-06 [CBC]

Hay River strike vote rescheduled amid changes to bargaining team 2019-01-29 [Now]

UNW reschedules Hay River strike vote, elects new bargainers 2019-01-29 [Cabin Radio]

GNWT Pay Offer Document Misleading, False and Incompetent 2019-01-28 [UNW]

Government refuses union offer of binding arbitration 2019-01-24 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Union claims NWT government rejects binding arbitration 2019-01-23 [Cabin Radio]

Gov't rejects offer of binding arbitration in contract talks, says union 2019-01-23 [CBC]

Union says GNWT claims over pay increases are ‘simply false’ 2019-01-22 [Cabin Radio]

Removed bargaining team says UNW ‘determined to strike’ 2019-01-18 [Cabin Radio]

Hay River Health and Social Services Authority bargaining team relieved of duties 2019-01-18 [CBC]

UNW schedules second ‘practice picket’ 2019-01-10 [Cabin Radio]

Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act would let workers take 'domestic violence leave' 2019-01-10 [CBC]

To send a message, UNW holds ‘practice picket’ outside NTPC 2018-12-15 [Cabin Radio]

If there’s a strike, these are the essential GNWT positions 2018-12-04 [Cabin Radio]

UNW, N.W.T. gov't receive mediator's report, say they're open to more talks 2018-11-17 [CBC]

Union says it won’t strike before Christmas ‘unless provoked’ 2018-10-30 [Cabin Radio]

Union, gov't blame each other as strike looms 2018-10-30 [CBC]

CBC Branch meeting in Yellowknife focuses on working conditions 2018-10-28 [CWA Canada]

UNW says mediation talks fail, begins strike training 2018-10-28 [Cabin Radio]

GNWT ‘actively preparing’ for possible strike as mediation begins 2018-10-24 [Cabin Radio]

Gov't workers could strike as early as mid-November 2018-10-24 [CBC]

Government spending big on infrastructure, says it’ll reduce cost of living 2018-10-16 [Cabin Radio]

Possibility of N.W.T. government strike looms at budget hearing 2018-09-10 [CBC]

With union talks paused, GNWT resumes pay increases for others 2018-07-18 [Cabin Radio]

Dominion offers cost-of-living increases, extra leave in tentative deal 2018-07-16 [CBC]

This month in labour history

1-06-1987 In British Columbia, 250,000 workers walk off the job in a one-day general strike against restrictive new labour laws introduced by the Social Credit government. The legislation was repealed when the New Democratic Party returned to power in 1992. [more]

1-06-1986 In Edmonton, Alberta meatpacking workers go on strike against wage and pension rollbacks. One of their slogans is "Gainers makes weiners with scabs". There are more than 400 arrests before an agreement is reached in December. [more]

3-06-1935 Hundreds of unemployed men board boxcars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning the historic On-to-Ottawa Trek to protest conditions in the relief camps run by the Department of National Defence. [more]

8-06-2007 The Supreme Court of Canada rules, in a 6 to 1 decision, that collective bargaining rights are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision describes collective bargaining rights as "a fundamental aspect of Canadian society." [more]

11-06-1925 Today is Davis Day in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, a memorial day for coal miner William Davis, who was shot and killed by company police during the struggle for control of the Waterford Lake power plant during the historic 1925 strike. [more]

12-06-1934 Immigrant workers go on strike at the Noranda copper and gold mining operations in Québec, led by the Workers' Unity League. Strikebreakers are brought in, and there is no union contract until 1945. [more]

14-06-1912 Union leaders meet at the Lethbridge Labour Temple to establish the Alberta Federation of Labour. This is the beginning of the Federation’s long struggle for workers’ rights in Alberta. [more]

15-06-1872 The Trade Union Act comes into force. This is the legislation promised by the prime minister in April in response to the campaign for shorter hours and the arrest of striking Toronto printers. The Act states that unions are legal in Canada. [more]

17-06-1958 In Vancouver, British Columbia the Second Narrows Bridge collapses while under construction, and nineteen lives are lost. It is the city's worst industrial disaster. The bridge is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. [more]

18-06-1935 Longshoremen in Vancouver, many of them war veterans, march to protest the use of scabs to unload cargo on the docks. In a three-hour battle, police chase the strikers down on horseback and use tear gas to disperse the protest. [more]

19-06-1938 Relief Project Workers' Union members occupying government buildings in Vancouver are evicted by police. A battle follows. [more]

19-06-1914 A coal mine explosion in the Crowsnest Pass at Hillcrest, Alberta takes the lives of 189 men, mostly immigrants. Canada's worst coal mine disaster leaves 90 widows and more than 250 orphans. [more]

20-06-1984 An earthquake kills four workers at the Falconbridge mine near Sudbury Ontario. The day is marked by an annual union memorial service and calls for renewed attention to health, safety and emergency preparedness. [more]

20-06-1959 A sudden violent storm on Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick sweeps away 35 men and boys. The Escuminac Disaster is commemorated at the local wharf by The Fishermen, a monument created by Acadian artist Claude Roussel [more]

21-06-1919 A silent parade to protest the arrest of leaders of the Winnipeg General Strike is attacked by the Royal Northwest Mounted Police and the special police hired by the city. Many are wounded, and two men lose their lives as a result of Bloody Saturday. [more]

25-06-1919 The Strike Committee announces the end of the Winnipeg General Strike. [more]

27-06-1991 The Supreme Court of Canada issues its decision in Lavigne v Ontario Public Service Employees Union, affirming the constitutional right of unions to spend money on social and political action to advance the interests of workers. [more]

29-06-1981 The Canadian Union of Postal Workers begins a 42-day strike that succeeds in winning a contract with 17 weeks of maternity leave benefits. This breakthrough agreement sets a standard for other unions. [more]