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Health Authority ordered to conduct safety review at hospital: union 2019-06-20 [OHS Canada]

Health Authority ordered to conduct safety review at hospital: union 2019-06-19 [Today]

Health authority ordered to do safety review after pregnant nurse attacked 2019-06-19 [CBC]

Deep cuts to Options and Opportunities (O2) Program detrimental to students 2019-06-17 [NSTU]

Better protocol needed to protect healthcare workers: Nurses Union president 2019-06-13 [Today]

Cabinet minister gets the cold shoulder at Davis Day ceremony 2019-06-12 [CBC]

Health-care workers 'scared' about rise in weapons showing up at hospitals 2019-06-12 [CBC]

Unifor rallies for carpet factory workers in Truro 2019-06-08 [The News]

Public Town Halls June 4-5 in Antigonish and New Glasgow NS to discuss the twinning of Highway 104 2019-06-04 [CUPE]

CUPW grievance officer slams Canada Post response to Almon St. spill 2019-05-30 [Today]

Halifax postal workers walk off the job over concerns following chemical spill 2019-05-30 [CTV]

Cape Breton-Victoria school support staff schedule strike vote for June 5 2019-05-28 [The Post]

Commissionaires and union headed back to bargaining table 2019-05-28 [Today]

Ships Stay Here campaign proves successful in closing shipbuilding gap 2019-05-23 [Unifor]

Talks break down between employer, union representing Commissionaires 2019-05-22 [Today]

'Toxic, dysfunctional': Why workers at these federal prisons feel bullied, fearful 2019-05-22 [CBC]

Strike averted as agreement reached at Community Credit Union in Nova Scotia 2019-05-18 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Former Halifax transit worker receives record $593K award in harassment case 2019-05-16 [CBC]

Teachers' union calls for changes to guidance counsellor allocation 2019-05-08 [Today]

NSFL Presidents report April 2019 2019-05-06 [NSFL]

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre workers form union 2019-05-04 [The Coast]

Q&A with Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president on International Workers’ Day 2019-05-02 [Today]

Hospitality workers at Hilton Airport Halifax sign first contract 2019-04-30 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Nova Scotians will pay a hefty price for private/public partnership plan (P3) for North Sydney and New Waterford healthcare facilities 2019-04-28 [NSFL]

Health authority, IWK backtrack on overtime changes for staff 2019-04-26 [CBC]

Sodexo workers at Acadia University ratify first agreement 2019-04-22 [Unifor]

BDM Scholarship gives financial boost to son of UFCW 864 member 2019-04-22 [UFCW Canada]

Health Authority using more 'travel nurses' 2019-04-21 [NUPGE]

Over 200 union jobs lost as Crossley Carpets in Truro set to close in July 2019-04-21 [NSFL]

On April 28, we remember the workers we lost and dedicate ourselves to protecting others 2019-04-21 [NSFL]

Workplace violence concerns at Breton Ability Centre prompt picket 2019-04-18 [CBC]

Truro workers in a 'state of shock' after layoff notices 2019-04-18 [CBC]

Prison guards raise safety concerns about needle-exchange program for inmates 2019-04-16 [CTV]

Change to government bill creates division between doctors and nurses 2019-04-09 [CBC]

Day of Mourning, 2019 2019-04-06 [NSFL]

Most nurses don’t feel safe, NSGEU survey finds 2019-04-05 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Premier meets with Northern Pulp union, stresses need for mill to meet environmental standards 2019-04-04 [The Globe and Mail]

Provincial budget 'epic disappointment' 2019-03-28 [NUPGE]

Nurses 'pretty fed up' with state of Nova Scotia's ERs 2019-03-26 [CBC]

Rally to Raise the ALARM on the CRISIS in Health Care! 2019-03-25 [NSGEU]

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2019-03-21 [NSFL]

Address the cause, not the symptoms of overcrowding in hospitals 2019-03-21 [CUPE]

‘He was a great guy’: N.S. firefighter injured during training session dies from injuries 2019-03-21 [Global]

Donkin Mine has received four orders and six suspensions since approval for limited mining began Jan. 25 2019-03-21 [The Chronicle-Herald]

‘Boiling point’ reached after Code Orange denied at Halifax ER: NSGEU 2019-03-17 [Global]

City workers say it’s time to bring Halifax snow clearing back in-house 2019-03-16 [CUPE]

Premier in a daze while Northern Pulp jobs hang in balance 2019-03-16 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Nurses' plea for Code Orange in overcrowded Halifax ER rejected 2019-03-16 [CBC]

Nurses union shows solidarity with paramedics on ER overcrowding problem 2019-03-16 [CTV]

Teachers to face criminal background checks every five years 2019-03-14 [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]