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Cuts to overdose prevention fuel worst health emergency in a generation 2019-04-21 [CUPE]

Still way short on beds, Ford announces a 10% cut to real hospital capacity 2019-04-21 [CUPE]

Long-Term Care and Retirement Home Workers Launch Campaign with Direct Message: Tell Them to Care 2019-04-20 [SEIU]

TLDSB director says no discipline for students, teachers after walkout 2019-04-19 [The Times]

Power of Many takes issue with Ontario's future, Ford government 2019-04-19 [Soo Today]

University of Toronto Unions criticize Asbestos Review Panel following 2017 incidents 2019-04-19 [CUPE]

Penetanguishene jail officers constantly assaulted by inmates, union says 2019-04-19 [Simcoe.com]

OPSEU members launch “Families Know Best Voyage” in northwestern Ontario 2019-04-19 [NUPGE]

Falls hotel backtracks, apologizes to U.K. tourists booted out 2019-04-19 [The Review]

Niagara’s ‘Ethical’ Rainforest Café Claws-back Tips, Attacks Unions 2019-04-19 [Press Progress]

Unifor officials say FCA investing $355M in Windsor Assembly Plant 2019-04-18 [CTV]

OPSEU members launch 'Families Know Best Voyage' in support of autism and special services in northwestern Ontario 2019-04-18 [OPSEU]

'We're not going away': Labour groups criticize Doug Ford's education changes, protest job cuts 2019-04-18 [CBC]

Backlash hits Falls hotel after tourists kicked out for joining picket line 2019-04-18 [The Review]

Human rights support centre workers fight back against provincial cuts 2019-04-17 [Rank and File]

Unifor president to meet with FCA officials about Windsor Assembly 2019-04-17 [CTV]

72% polled in Nipissing and Sault don't support PC health system overhaul 2019-04-17 [CUPE]

Ford warns teachers not to strike as contract expires, claims unions have 'declared war' 2019-04-17 [CBC]

Ford tells teachers not to strike as contract talks near 2019-04-17 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Doug Ford threatens to change expiry date for Ontario teachers’ contracts 2019-04-17 [CTV]

Premier Doug Ford tells teachers not to strike as contract talks near 2019-04-16 [CTV]

Tourists asked to leave Niagara Falls hotel for joining picket line 2019-04-16 [This Week]

Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Members Join Forces to Stop Tax Fraud 2019-04-16 [CDCO]

Violence against workers rampant in long-term care: report 2019-04-16 [The News]

Unifor, FCA execs to meet as union aims to save jobs at minivan plant 2019-04-16 [Automotive News]

Ottawa Rexall employees reach tentative agreement 2019-04-16 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Toronto ‘City Builders’ — a celebrated immigrant construction worker story 2019-04-15 [The Daily Commercial News]

Ford tracker: PC actions to date 2019-04-15 [OFL]

The mental stress of mining studied in Sudbury 2019-04-15 [The Star]

New study shows alternatives to Ford government cuts 2019-04-15 [NUPGE]

“Keep going”: Tory MPP tries to drive through pickets 2019-04-14 [Rank and File]

Peel's educational support workers protest Ford government's 'radical cuts' to education 2019-04-14 [Mississauga.com]

Trades, employers cagey at bargaining tables 2019-04-13 [The Daily Commercial News]

Shock, sadness and hope: FCA employees head back to work under cloud of layoffs 2019-04-13 [CBC]

Carpenters’ launch days of action to combat tax fraud 2019-04-13 [The Daily Commercial News]

About 20 workers form Ontario’s first marijuana industry union 2019-03-13 [Marijuana Business Daily]

Rainforest Café workers striking for first contract 2019-04-12 [Rank and File]

Scorched-earth budget leaves the people of Ontario in the lurch, says OFL 2019-04-12 [OFL]

Public Health Nurses Reject Employer’s Latest ‘Final’ Offer 2019-04-12 [ONA]

Premier Ford’s First Budget Misses the Mark on Building Capacity in our Health-Care System 2019-04-12 [ONA]

It’s a ‘no’ from public health nurses in Windsor 2019-04-12 [Blackburn]

Health unit 'disappointed' as nurses reject final offer 2019-04-12 [CTV]

Nurses Reject Latest Health Unit Contract Offer 2019-04-12 [iHeart Radio]

Nurses reject offer from Windsor-Essex health unit, return to picket lines 2019-04-12 [The Star]

Ford government's budget offers only 'fake' investments in education 2019-04-12 [CUPE]

Ford betrays Ontario with deep service cuts and generous corporate handouts 2019-04-12 [OPSEU]

Vale miners’ mental health at forefront of research 2019-04-12 [NOB]

Ford's first budget pushes piecemeal programs to distract from lack of vision 2019-04-12 [Unifor]

Teaching the Tories a lesson 2019-04-11 [Rank and File]

Understaffed and overworked at the WSIB 2019-04-11 [Rank and File]

This month in labour history

6-04-1980 The Canadian Farmworkers Union holds its Founding Convention at Douglas College and delegates elect FWOC President Raj Chouhan as CFU president. The CFU is Canada's first agricultural workers union. [more]

8-04-1937 In Oshawa, Ontario, 4,000 workers go on strike at the General Motors plant for recognition of the United Auto Workers. They win major concessions, and the strike is often considered the birth of industrial unionism in Canada. [more]

11-04-1972 More than 200,000 public sector workers, organized in the Québec Common Front, begin a ten-day strike. Three leaders are jailed, but the Common Front ultimately succeeds in winning a $100 minimum weekly wage for public employees. [more]

15-04-1903 British Columbia union organizer Frank Rogers, a longshoreman, dies after he is shot while supporting clerical workers on strike against the Canadian Pacific Railway in Vancouver. [more]

18-04-1872 The first issue of the Ontario Workman appears, with the slogan “The equalization of all elements of society in the social scale should be the true aim of civilization.” It also publishes an excerpt on "the normal working day" from Karl Marx's Capital. [more]

18-04-1872 Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald announces a Trade Union Act stating that unions are legal. This is two days after leaders of the Toronto printers, with strong public support in their strike for a nine-hour day, are arrested for common conspiracy. [more]

19-04-1974 In a targeted campaign for pay equity, postal workers begin a seven-day illegal strike that wins women postal code machine operators the same pay as male postal clerks. [more]

23-04-1956 More than 1600 delegates attend the founding convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a merger of the Trades and Labour Congress and the Canadian Congress of Labour. They call for a national health plan, full employment and a guaranteed annual wage. [more]

26-04-1918 After years of agitation by reformers and unions, the New Brunswick Workmen’s Compensation Act receives Royal Assent. [more]

27-04-1983 As part of its anti-labour agenda, the Alberta government brings in legislation denying firefighters and healthcare workers the right to strike. [more]

28-04-1984 The Canadian Labour Congress establishes the first National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. The idea of a Workers' Memorial Day is adopted by more than 100 countries around the world. [more]

29-04-1903 After the militia are called out to patrol the docks, thousands of people rally to support striking longshoremen in Montréal. They win wage increases and recognition of the International Longshoremen’s Association. [more]

29-04-1903 A sudden rock slide at Turtle Mountain kills more than 76 men, women and children in and around the town of Frank in the Crowsnest Pass. From inside the mine, 17 coal miners dig their way to safety. [more]