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Today's news - Quebec

Transco Montréal bus drivers reject contract offer 2018-02-13 [The Gazette]

Montreal school bus drivers reject deal, could strike again 2018-02-13 [CBC]

Union gives out heartbreak badges symbolizing nurses' overwork 2018-02-12 [The Gazette]

Les travailleurs de Molson refusent les propositions patronales 2018-02-12 [Teamsters]

Government Calls for Negotiated Settlement to ABI Smelter Lockout 2018-02-11 [USW]

Union, Government Await ABI’s Return to Bargaining Table 2018-02-11 [USW]

Both sides in ABI smelter lockout to meet with provincial officials on Friday 2018-02-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Medical residents vote to strike if contract negotiations break down 2018-02-06 [CBC]

School buses: possible strike mandate for Teamsters, protest at CSN 2018-02-06 [The Gazette]

Maniwaki shooting: Quebec special constables launch court fight against use of private security guards 2018-02-06 [The Citizen]

Courthouses unsafe, special constables claim in lawsuit 2018-02-05 [CBC]

CUPE advocates for better CEGEP funding 2018-02-04 [CUPE]

Operation of the future Desjardins sports complex in Rimouski is a victory for transparency and efficiency 2018-02-04 [CUPE]

Special constables lack backup, union says 2018-02-02 [CBC]

Tentative deal reached in brief Montreal school bus strike 2018-02-02 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Sherbrooke nurse's cry for help on social media prompts response from health minister 2018-02-01 [CBC]

Lockout of aluminium workers enters third week 2018-01-31 [Steel Guru]

Strike Vote at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) 2018-01-31 [CUPE]

Viterra workers locked out at the Port of Montreal 2018-01-31 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Rona employees in Chicoutimi sign new contract 2018-01-31 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Montreal school bus drivers begin 2-day strike affecting 15,000 students 2018-01-31 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Canadian and Mexican Union Leaders Support Locked-Out ABI Workers 2018-01-27 [USW]

Support staff at École de technologie supérieure vote 88% in favour of strike mandate 2018-01-27 [The Gazette]

Nunavik teachers, union reach agreement in principle 2018-01-26 [NunatsiaqOnline]

Bargaining in the school transportation sector - Employees reject employer offer and 98 percent vote in favour of a strike 2018-01-24 [CSN]

Montreal abolishes infamous traffic and parking ticket quotas thanks to police union 2018-01-21 [CBC]

Alcoa's Lockout of Quebec Employees Is a Poor Business Decision 2018-01-18 [USW]

ABI smelter workers think they will be locked out for a long time 2018-01-13 [The Chronicle-Herald]

Alcoa locks union workers out of Canada smelter as contract expires 2018-01-12 [Reuters]

Maintenance of defined benefit pension the key issue in smelter strike/lockout 2018-01-12 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

ABI aluminum union workers locked out; 450,000 mt/yr plant not producing 2018-01-11 [Platts]

Workers at smelter locked out after rejecting contract offer 2018-01-11 [660 News]

Alcoa Canada workers' union rejects contract offer 2018-01-11 [Reuters]

Steelworkers Overwhelmingly Reject Company Offer at ABI Smelter 2018-01-11 [USW]

Unions warn politicians they'll be a force during election year 2018-01-08 [The Gazette]

New contract for workers at Estérel Resort 2018-01-08 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

De Gascogne suddenly closes bakeries after 60 years in business 2018-01-05 [CBC]

First deal reached between Unifor, Paramont Services in Montreal 2018-01-03 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

ABI submits final and comprehensive offer - Union deplores the end of negotiations 2017-12-23 [USW]

CUPE denounces the dismissals in disguise at TVA Interactif 2017-12-23 [CUPE]

Laval blue-collar workers sign a new collective agreement 2017-12-23 [CUPE]

Smelter workers back on job 2017-12-18 [rabble]

Mandatory sex education prompts praise, backlash 2017-12-18 [CBC]

Premier condemns 'baseless' media report that women were barred from work site near mosque 2017-12-15 [CBC]

Doubts cast on news report that Montreal mosque asked for women to be kept away from construction site 2017-12-14 [CBC]

Municipal sector compensation overstated due to errors by the ISQ 2017-12-10 [CUPE]

Creation of a public psychotherapy program in Quebec: a welcome idea but one that privileges private clinics 2017-12-10 [CUPE]

Champlain Bridge: Union, minister to discuss health and safety of workers 2017-12-06 [The Gazette]

Urgences Santé 911 operators poised to strike 2017-12-04 [The Gazette]

Workers, politicians stage march in support of Davie shipyard as 800 job cuts loom 2017-12-04 [CBC]

This month in labour history

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]

11-02-1908 Eight workers are killed in an explosion at the Standard Explosive Company works on Île Perrot, near Montreal. [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]

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]