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OPSEU & Unifor members to Ford government: ‘We’re ready to ramp up the fight’ 2019-02-21 [Unifor]

Unifor calls on Ford government to 'step up' for Fort Frances mill 2019-02-20 [TBNewswatch]

$100,000 retirement packages negotiated for Domtar workers at Ear Falls 2019-02-20 [TBNewswatch]

Food and hospitality members at Sodexo achieve higher pay – UFCW 175 2019-02-19 [UFCW]

Tentative Agreement reached with Ontario Northland 2019-02-19 [Unifor]

Domtar and Unifor Announce Ear Falls Retirement Packages 2019-02-18 [NetNewsLedger]

Thomas: 'Minister of Mean' Lisa MacLeod has lost all credibility, can no longer serve in Cabinet 2019-02-18 [OPSEU]

Unifor and OPSEU Presidents to hold news conference 2019-02-18 [Unifor]

More than 200 Unifor activists storm Canadian Auto Show 2019-02-18 [Unifor]

GM details benefits it will offer Canadian union workers at Oshawa 2019-02-15 [Detroit Free Press]

Sting and cast of ‘The Last Ship’ Perform in Solidarity with GM workers in Oshawa 2019-02-15 [UNIFOR]

Campeau school bus drivers reach tentative deal 2019-02-15 [UNIFOR]

Cathay Pacific closure at Pearson lets down flight attendants 2019-02-14 [CUPE]

Sting Hired by Canadian Labor Union Unifor to Help Save GM Oshawa Plant 2019-02-12 [The Drive]

Cornwall grocery workers strike: “You don’t need a union to bargain for minimum wage” 2019-02-12 [Rank and File]

CUPE joined by Ontario Autism Coalition in condemning government decision that divides children with autism into “haves” and “have nots” 2019-02-10 [CUPE]

Production resumes at GM’s Oshawa plant, strike at supplier facility ends 2019-02-09 [The Globe and Mail]

UNIFOR's fight against GM Oshawa closure continues to build 2019-02-09 [RadioLabour]

Unifor workers in Whitby walk off job in campaign to save GM Oshawa plant 2019-02-09 [CTV]

Unifor statement on Save Oshawa GM solidarity event at Lear Whitby 2019-02-09 [Unifor]

Workers at Lear plant supplying GM Oshawa walk off job 2019-02-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Unifor Members At Norbord Get Bonus 2019-02-09 [Fort Frances Times]

Sault College Achieves Major Safety Milestone 2019-02-08 [Sault Online]

Rainy River district mill workers get 'big' profit-sharing cheques 2019-02-08 [TBNewsWatch]

Violence on the rise in long-term care homes: report 2019-02-08 [Today]

Government 'reforms' will leave families affected by autism on their own and struggling for support 2019-02-08 [CUPE]

OPSEU President says workers at risk due to Ford's changes to safety training 2019-02-08 [NUPGE]

Employees at Waterloo Manufacturing ratify new agreement 2019-02-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Workers at Coca-Cola in London, Ont., agree to contract 2019-02-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Unifor Members At Norbord See Big Profit Sharing Cheques 2019-02-07 [Unifor]

Campeau Bus Lines school bus drivers poised to vote on strike mandate 2019-02-07 [The Examiner]

School bus drivers strike could impact Peterborough, Northumberland County and Durham region 2019-02-07 [Global]

OPSEU welcomes newest members at First Nation-operated Rama Paramedic Services 2019-02-07 [NUPGE]

City waste collection workers refuse to work on ice-coated trucks and sidewalks 2019-02-07 [CBC]

GM continues to rake in massive profits while sacrificing Canadian jobs 2019-02-07 [Unifor]

Doug Ford Government Aims To 'Intimidate' Public Servants With Firing: Expert 2019-02-06 [Huffington Post]

Sodexo workers in Cornwall, Ont., ratify three-year agreement 2019-02-06 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Algonquin Nursing Home employees in Ontario join ONA 2019-02-06 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Attempt at health care privatization sign of conflict within Ford government 2019-02-05 [NUPGE]

GM moving ahead with salaried job cuts; says modest number in Canada 2019-02-05 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Government would sacrifice our youngest children to save money 2019-02-03 [ETFO]

Ford government ‘rotting from the inside’ 2019-02-03 [OPSEU]

Tell the Ford government to keep wage grants for child care workers 2019-02-03 [OPSEU]

Workers at risk due to Ford changes to safety training 2019-02-03 [OPSEU]

Full-Day Kindergarten: A statement from OSSTF/FEESO 2019-02-03 [OSSTF]

Program to support nurses experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders launches 2019-02-03 [ONA]

Labour movement will ‘fight like hell’ to preserve public health care for Ontarians, says OFL 2019-02-03 [OFL]

Hands Off Ontario’s Public Health Care! 2019-02-03 [OFL]

Ontario Health Coalition and Ontario Federation of Labour Call Leaked Draft Health Care Legislation a “Gargantuan Nightmare Scenario”; Join Forces for Major Fightback 2019-02-03 [OFL]

Binders full of enemies 2019-02-02 [The Chronicle-Herald]

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]