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Background performers worry they're being replaced by mannequins 2020-08-11 [CBC]

'Crisis within a crisis:' Union calls for better migrant-worker protections amid COVID-19 fallout 2020-08-11 [The Free Press]

New EI Rule is a Good First Step 2020-08-11 [CUPE]

Canada Must Retaliate Swiftly to Trump’s Tariffs: Steelworkers 2020-08-09 [USW]

Unifor urges retaliation for unfair aluminum tariffs 2020-08-09 [Unifor]

CWA Canada asks OPP to retract threat, apologize to CBC reporter 2020-08-09 [CWA Canada]

Ottawa Should Limit US Dairy Market Access in Response to Trump Aluminum Tariff: Teamsters Canada 2020-08-09 [Teamsters]

PSAC pushes back against misleading reporting of federal pension plan 2020-08-09 [PSAC]

COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples’ resilience on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020-08-09 [OPSEU]

COVID-19 outbreaks more serious in for-profit long-term care homes 2020-08-09 [NUPGE]

The Time is NOW: Letter to PM Trudeau on Extending Paid Sick Leave for all Canadians 2020-08-09 [CCU]

Unions call on government to fight U.S. tariffs 2020-08-09 [CLC]

Now more than ever, Canada desperately needs a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare program. 2020-08-09 [CFNU]

We need made-in-Canada N95 respirators 2020-08-09 [CFNU]

Le syndicat des débardeurs menace de « fermer le port de Montréal » lundi 2020-08-08 [Radio-Canada]

Criminal charges in Fredericton workplace death a 1st for New Brunswick 2020-08-08 [CBC]

Lowe’s Says It’s Hiring Someone to Lead a Team of Anti-Union Investigators to Keep Stores ‘Union Free’ 2020-08-08 [Press Progress]

Coalition calls for immediate action on pharmacare 2020-08-08 [CUPE]

Labour opposes the arms trade 2020-08-07 [This Magazine]

Migrant workers weigh COVID-19 risks, financial needs on Canadian farms 2020-08-07 [CTV]

Employee perceptions on returning to work 2020-08-05 [OHS Canada]

More Canadian musicians adding their voice in support of the “CARE NOT PROFITS” advocacy campaign to reinvest profits back into Ontario’s long-term care system 2020-08-05 [CUPE]

Migrant workers on farms across Canada are being told they can’t leave, raising human rights concerns 2020-08-04 [The Globe and Mail]

Unifor calls for significant, lasting reforms to end systemic racism in Canada 2020-08-03 [Unifor]

Calling all activists: Support the expansion of EI sickness benefits 2020-08-03 [UFCW Canada]

UFCW Canada observes International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – August 9 2020-08-03 [UFCW Canada]

PSAC pushes back against WE Charity contracting out at Finance Committee 2020-08-03 [PSAC]

Slavery in Canada existed and systemic racism against Black people in this country remains 2020-08-03 [OPSEU]

National child care system needed more than ever 2020-08-03 [NUPGE]

Austerity Sucks! There, I said it. 2020-08-03 [IAMAW]

WE, the United Way, and labour’s charity problem 2020-08-01 [Rank and File]

Migrant farm workers face never ending precarity and vulnerability 2020-08-01 [rabble]

Reclaiming the Vision - Transforming Long-Term Care in Canada 2020-08-01 [Our Times]

COVID-19 is Not “Women’s Work”: The Case for Universal Childcare 2020-08-01 [The Law of Work]

The Gap between Stock Markets and Society has Never Been Greater 2020-08-01 [Centre for Future Work]

Rebuilding Canada’s Economy Must Start with Rebuilding Work 2020-08-01 [Centre for Future Work]

Ottawa’s deal with Amazon to distribute COVID-19 supplies falls apart 2020-08-01 [iPolitics]

Flight attendants call on federal government to make safer skies a priority in next phase of pandemic 2020-08-01 [CUPE]

Alberta's bill to privatize health care could affect rest of Canada 2020-07-30 [NUPGE]

Young people need a plan for economic recovery that will deliver jobs 2020-07-30 [ACTU]

Same companies involved in tax avoidance and privatization 2020-07-30 [NUPGE]

Board approves union certification for Canadaland staff 2020-07-30 [CWA Canada]

My webCampus Experience: Members find value in online learning during COVID-19 2020-07-30 [UFCW Canada]

Governments Must Act Now to Address Women’s Inequality 2020-07-30 [USW]

Tentative deal reached for workers at the Canada Revenue Agency 2020-07-29 [CTV]

Actors in a Pandemic - The Precarity of Performers’ Lives 2020-07-28 [Our Times]

Premiers must guarantee compensation benefits for health workers who contract COVID-19, say nurses 2020-07-28 [CFNU]

Unionized workers are essential allies in the fight to protect vulnerable front-line employees 2020-07-28 [rabble]

Migrant farmworkers: organizing and resisting before, during and beyond COVID-19 2020-07-28 [rabble]

Through Tear Gas and Time 2020-07-28 [Our Times]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-08-2009 At Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, United Steelworkers Local 9508 begins an 18-month strike against Vale Inco. The main issue is pay equity with workers at the multinational's other operations in Canada. [more]

1-08-1981 Almost 13,000 Steelworkers strike Stelco in Hamilton ON over wages, joint safety committees and gender-neutral contract language. [more]

1-08-1928 Ten workers are killed in the collapse of a gate on the Welland Ship Canal. They are among the 137 men who died during the completion of this shipping link between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. [more]

2-08-1918 In British Columbia, Vancouver workers go out on strike to protest the shooting of union organizer Ginger Goodwin on 27 July. This is often considered to be the first use of a general strike in Canadian history [more]

3-08-1961 The New Democratic Party is founded with the support of the Canadian Labor Congress. [more]

10-08-1966 Nine workers die and 55 are injured when a span on the Heron Bridge in Ottawa collapses during construction. Fifty years later, the bridge is renamed the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge. [more]

10-08-1970 Nova Scotia fishermen and supporters march across the Canso Causeway, holding up traffic on the Trans Canada Highway. Their seven-month strike wins them the right to a union, but the fish plants refuse to recognize the United Fishermen and Allied Workers. [more]

12-08-1909 Freight handlers at Fort William, Ontario take part in a gun battle with Canadian Pacific Railway police. The seven-day strike is settled, but the CPR later fires most of its Greek and Italian immigrant workers. [more]

19-08-1998 The McDonald's in Squamish, British Columbia is the first outlet of the fast-food giant in North America to be unionized. The union fails to win a contract and in 1999 workers vote to decertify. [more]

20-08-1937 Millworkers and longshoremen on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick strike for better wages and hours and for recognition of the New Brunswick Farmer-Labour Union. Their success helps bring about new labour laws in the province. [more]

22-08-1950 More than 100,000 railway workers go on strike, shutting down the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines. A week later an emergency session of Parliament passes a law to end the strike, the first use of back-to-work legislation in Canada. [more]

29-08-1907 Seventy-five men, many of them First Nations workers from Kahnawake, are killed in the collapse of a huge cantilever bridge under construction across the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City. Before the disaster, supervisors ignore flaws in the design. [more]

31-08-2001 A McDonald's restaurant in Montreal closes after the workers there organize and before a first contract is negotiated. This is later documented in the film Maxime, McDuff & McDo. [more]

31-08-2013 A merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers brings 300,000 members together in Unifor, now Canada's largest private sector union. There are high expectations for new organizing work, especially among young people. [more]