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Union says dispute over OT payments to nurses exacerbating shortages 2019-02-21 [CBC]

1 year into code critical campaign, N.S. paramedics union say nothing has changed 2019-02-13 [CBC]

Town of Trenton municipal workers take strike vote 2019-02-10 [CUPE]

Airport and maintenance workers come to new agreement 2019-02-09 [The Post]

Town of Trenton municipal workers take strike vote 2019-02-08 [CUPE]

Trenton municipal workers vote to strike after town fails to ratify tentative agreement 2019-02-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Spat with unionized carpenters slows down opening of Cape Breton Farmers' Market 2019-02-06 [CBC]

Celebrate African Heritage Month 2019 2019-02-03 [NSFL]

Unappreciated and underpaid: Early Childcare Educators neglected at our peril, report suggests 2019-02-03 [Rank and File]

Teachers’ pension deficit needs to be part of contract talks: Premier 2019-02-02 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Early Childhood Educators in Nova Scotia feeling “unappreciated and underpaid' 2019-02-01 [CUPE]

Rebuild long-term care in Nova Scotia with qualified staff and a minimum 4.1 hours of care 2019-01-29 [CUPE]

Staff at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design give union strike mandate 2019-01-29 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

NSGEU and College of Social Workers call for support for child welfare services 2019-01-28 [NUPGE]

NUPGE mourns the passing of Dave Peters 2019-01-28 [NUPGE]

Tell the Premier you care! childwelfareonthebrink.org 2019-01-28 [NSGEU]

Special event January 30 – Child care and early learning panel discussion 2019-01-28 [CUPE]

Tentative agreement reached for CUPE long term care workers 2019-01-25 [CUPE]

Donkin coal mine proceeding with job fairs despite layoffs 2019-01-25 [CBC]

Tentative agreement reached for long-term care workers 2019-01-25 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Children at risk as Nova Scotia’s child welfare system is on the brink, union and social workers say 2019-01-24 [Rank and File]

Campaign aims to bolster child-welfare system 2019-01-22 [CBC]

Long-Term Care Recommendations Solid Starting Point 2019-01-20 [NSGEU]

Nova Scotians may end up paying for American border security agents if Bar Harbor becomes the new destination for the Yarmouth to Maine ferry this spring 2019-01-20 [NSFL]

Halifax: Refugees Welcome Here! 2019-01-20 [NSFL]

Disappointment that staff to client ratio and working conditions not part of panel’s recommendations 2019-01-18 [CUPE]

‘Still willing to fight for our rights’: Postal workers picket as arbitration begins 2019-01-18 [The News]

Halifax postal workers protest back-to-work legislation  ActNOW!  2019-01-17 [Today]

Hopes of saving dispatch jobs in Yarmouth extinguished 2019-01-15 [CBC]

Province and Nova Scotia Teachers Union at odds ahead of negotiations 2019-01-12 [Global]

Donkin coal mine suspends work after roof collapses 2019-01-04 [The Daily Commercial News]

Coal mine suspends work after 'roof fall' 2019-01-04 [CTV]

Union Matters: Happy New Year! 2019-01-01 [NSGEU]

When the labour movement works together, we make gains 2019-01-01 [NSFL]

NSGEU responds to death inquiry at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility 2018-12-25 [NSGEU]

Year-end report from NSFL President Danny Cavanagh 2018-12-25 [NSFL]

ServiCom workers supported by community unions 2018-12-25 [NSFL]

Halifax MP debates Canada Post back-to-work bill with protesters  ActNOW!  2018-12-20 [The Star]

Unionized workers at IMP’s Amherst plant reject ‘final’ company offer 2018-12-19 [The News]

IMP Aerostructures workers in Amherst, N.S., reject company offer 2018-12-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Unionized workers at IMP’s Amherst plant reject ‘final’ company offer 2018-12-18 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Canada Post facilities 'back to normal' in Halifax  ActNOW!  2018-12-17 [Today]

Majority of Nova Scotians critical of government’s handling of public education 2018-12-16 [NSTU]

Transparency and the Right to Know How Our Money is Spent 2018-12-13 [CUPE]

Halifax Transit union criticizes move to put supervisors in 'race cars' 2018-12-12 [CBC]

Teachers would face criminal checks every 5 years under changes to N.S. law 2018-12-12 [CBC]

Protest in support of postal workers held in Sydney  ActNOW!  2018-12-11 [The Chronicle-Herald]

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 2018-12-09 [NSGEU]

I am a small business owner and I support the postal workers 2018-12-06 [The Coast]

Last 2 contracts reached for N.S. health workers, ending complex negotiations 2018-12-05 [CBC]

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]