Saskatchewan Rrefinery Irony: Co-op refinery revels in repeated refusals to co-operate

Today's labour news

New Brunswick COVID-19 marks year 40 of CUPE’s fight to improve nursing homes in New Brunswick 2020-03-30 [NB Media Co-op]

Ottawa releases migrant farm worker COVID-19 guidelines 2020-03-30 [The Standard]

Ontario OPSEU demands action for Canadian Blood Services workers who aren't getting COVID-19 protections 2020-03-30 [OPSEU]

Ontario Congratulations to TFO team for journalistic excellence recognition 2020-03-30 [CWA Canada]

Media need help, now! 2020-03-30 [CWA Canada]

Nova Scotia Women take it on themselves to confront healthcare crisis 2020-03-30 [CLI]

Saskatchewan Rrefinery Irony: Co-op refinery revels in repeated refusals to co-operate 2020-03-30 [CLI]

Ontario Cleaners are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. But many work with little protection for less than minimum wage — and they’re scared 2020-03-30 [The Star]

Almost half of Canadian households report shrinking paycheques amid COVID-19 pandemic, poll finds 2020-03-30 [The Star]

Ontario How flaws in the way Ontario’s nursing homes are run put residents and staff at risk of COVID-19 2020-03-30 [The Star]

Holes in the safety net: CERB and EI coverage falls short 2020-03-30 [Rank and File]

Ontario Ontario Government Must Enact Measures to Keep Healthcare Workers Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-03-30 [SEIU]

Alberta Meat inspectors' union wants safety guarantee before workers return to plant where employee had COVID-19 2020-03-30 [CTV]

Manitoba Unions hear from scared workers during pandemic 2020-03-30 [The Free Press]

Alberta Griesbach seniors home laying off five health-care workers amid COVID-19 pandemic 2020-03-29 [The Journal]

Alberta Health-care unions, employers come to agreement on use of PPE 2020-03-29 [AUPE]

Alberta Health-care groups ramp up protection protocol for COVID-19 testing 2020-03-29 [The Journal]

Alberta AHS, Covenant Health, unions agree to joint statement on PPE 2020-03-29 [AUPE]

Alberta Chaos looms as continuing-care facilities brace for COVID-19 2020-03-29 [AUPE]

Unifor salutes workers for delivering Canadian customer service in a crisis 2020-03-29 [Unifor]

UFCW updates on COVID-19 engage thousands on social media 2020-03-29 [UFCW Canada]

Despite pandemic, governments mustn’t forget: housing is a right 2020-03-29 [NUPGE]

Details of new federal assistance for people unable to work due to COVID-19 2020-03-29 [NUPGE]

Viral Solidarity: an online concert with David Rovics 2020-03-29 [NUPGE]

Home is not safe for everyone: Domestic violence during a pandemic 2020-03-29 [CLC]

British Columbia Amidst the pandemic, the fight against racism and discrimination must be front and centre 2020-03-29 [BCFed]

Alberta AFL calls for stronger wage subsidy program to ensure jobs and employment for Albertans 2020-03-29 [AFL]

Alberta UCP's decision to axe 20,000 education jobs during a crisis will set families adrift and further damage the economy, says AFL 2020-03-29 [AFL]

Site Risks: Construction site covid protection haphazard, maybe impossible 2020-03-29 [CLI]

Forgotten and Essential 2020-03-29 [CLI]

Anti-covid measures open us all to the harsh realities of precarious work 2020-03-29 [CLI]

Delivering during COVID-19: Canada Post’s shocking working conditions 2020-03-29 [Rank and File]

Saskatchewan RN says Co-op Refinery scab camp “a disaster waiting to happen” 2020-03-29 [Rank and File]

Ontario Essential but precarious: Toronto bike couriers fight for a union 2020-03-29 [Rank and File]

Alberta How Edmonton posties are fighting for health and safety 2020-03-29 [Rank and File]

Crisis comes at worst time for struggling Canadian workers and families 2020-03-29 [rabble]

Ontario Hospitals Warn Healthcare Workers of Potential ‘Shortages’ in Face Masks And Protective Supplies 2020-03-29 [Press Progress]

Ontario Province Used Emergency Powers to Contract Out Unionized Hospital Jobs. Experts Say It Will Compromise Care. 2020-03-29 [Press Progress]

Remember the Refugees 2020-03-29 [Our Times]

Relaxing Restrictions on Occupational Licensing as a Response to COVID-19 2020-03-29 [The Law of Work]

Ontario The Right to Refuse in a COVID-19 World 2020-03-29 [The Law of Work]

Ontario A Plain Language Chart Describing Worker Entitlements in Ontario During COVID19 2020-03-29 [The Law of Work]

Manitoba Disease and Direct Action: Organizing the Winnipeg General Strike and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic 2020-03-29 [Canadian Dimension]

Nova Scotia Hospital cleaners 'working full tilt' despite COVID-19 threat 2020-03-29 [CBC]

Ontario Revised Ontario emergency powers may do more harm than good in long-term care 2020-03-29 [Unifor]

Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package 2020-03-29 [CLC]

Ontario Union raises safety concerns for construction workers amid COVID-19 2020-03-29 [Global]

Saskatchewan Child care centres facing COVID-19 crunch: CUPE Saskatchewan calls for immediate action 2020-03-29 [CUPE]

Eritreans hopeful after ‘historic’ Canadian ruling 2020-03-29 [New Frame]

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This month in labour history

1-03-1903 More than 2,000 longshoremen went on strike for 5 weeks when the Port of Montreal opened to shipping. They are demanding recognition of their union, improved working conditions and increased wages. [more]

3-03-1937 Polish and Italian migrant workers call a sit-down strike at the Holmes Foundry in Sarnia ON. on 3 March a mob 300 "Canadian-born" men attack the strikers and evict them then attack their homes. 50 are seriously injured. [more]

4-03-1910 An avalanche in the Rogers Pass, British Columbia, takes the lives of workers clearing snow from Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. A total of 62 bodies are recovered, including four the following spring. The dead include 32 contract labourers from Japan. [more]

6-03-1925 Nova Scotia coal miners shut down the mines after the British Empire Steel Corporation refuses to continue contract negotiations and cuts off credit at company stores. It is the beginning of an historic five-month strike. [more]

6-03-1843 Workers on the Welland Canal, mostly Irish immigrants, start one of many strikes this year. [more]

7-03-1978 Women workers begin a 23-week strike for a first contract at a small auto parts plant in Centralia, Ontario. The Fleck workers' militancy wins wide support and shows the need for reforms in labour law. [more]

8-03-1980 In Hamilton, Ontario, an International Women's Day rally features the Women Back Into Stelco campaign. A human rights complaint by five women forces a major steel company to change their hiring practices. [more]

9-03-1906 Mineworkers in the Lethbridge, Alberta district go on strike against poverty wages and are met by scabs, police and private detectives. They win a small wage increase with the help of a mediator, but the company refuses to recognize the union. [more]

10-03-1957 Copper miners at Murdochville, Quebec launch a strike for union recognition. The unsuccessful struggle lasts seven months and the courts award Noranda Mines $1.5 million in damages, to be paid by the United Steelworkers. [more]

12-03-2012 Union organizer and feminist Madeleine Parent, born in Montreal in 1918, dies at age 93 after a lifetime of service to the organization of workers and the cause of social justice. [more]

13-03-1919 In Calgary, Alberta, the Western Canadian Labour Conference calls for sweeping political and economic changes, including abolition of production for profit and the organization of workers on industrial lines. They adopt the name One Big Union. [more]

17-03-1960 Five Italian immigrant workers die in an underground tunnel at a watermain construction project in suburban Toronto. The Hoggs Hollow Disaster draws public attention to the unsafe conditions in construction and the exploitation of immigrant workers. [more]

20-03-1972 The Front Commun du Québec organizes a demonstration and march of 75,000 workers that criss-crosses Montreal. [more]

25-03-2006 An accounting instructor dies from injuries received on the picket line at Centennial College in Toronto during a province-wide strike. John Stammers, 62, was a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. [more]

25-03-1872 The Toronto printers union strikes employers who respond to their demand for a 58-hour week with "foolish, absurd and abusive". [more]

25-03-1886 The first workers' compensation legislation was passed in Ontario. [more]

27-03-1912 Thousands of workers start to walk out of railway construction camps on the Fraser River in British Columbia in a strike led by the Industrial Workers of the World. When Joe Hill visits, he writes a song for the Wobbly song book. [more]

31-03-1949 The Canadian Seamen's Union launches a strike to defend union contracts. Shipping companies and Canadian authorities collaborate with the Seafarers' International Union to drive out the CSU. [more]

31-03-2004 Bill C-45 comes into force, amending the Criminal Code to impose penalties on corporations and managers for violations causing workplace injuries or death. It is named the Westray Bill after the 1992 mine disaster. [more]