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Labour College of Canada announces partnership with Brock University 2021-01-15 [CLC]

Federal sickness benefit falls short of paid sick leave protections, Ontario Federation of Labour and advocates say 2021-01-15 [CBC]

2021: The year ahead. President’s New Year message 2021-01-15 [PIPSC]

Head of Radio-Canada apologizes for spending month of December in Miami, but won't face disciplinary action 2021-01-15 [The National Post]

PSAC contesting CRA determination that payments of Phoenix damages are taxable 2021-01-15 [This Week]

Teachers Are COVID Heroes. It’s Time We Listened to Them 2021-01-14 [The Tyee]

Calls mount for provincial paid sick leave while federal sickness-benefit applications fall 2021-01-14 [iPolitics]

Airline workers continue to be devastated by lack of direct financial aid to sector 2021-01-13 [ACPA]

Health-care workers battled burnout before COVID-19 — now it's even worse, experts warn 2021-01-12 [CBC]

Drop in charitable donations could harm not-for-profit long-term care 2021-01-10 [NUPGE]

“Beyond Disappointed” 2021-01-10 [IAMAW]

Launching the Contest “Étudier en enseignement, ça me parle!” 2021-01-10 [CTF]

End-of-year unemployment data shows need for continued support for workers 2021-01-10 [CLC]

CFNU Welcomes the PHAC’s Updated Infection Protection and Control Guidance for Acute Health Care Settings 2021-01-10 [CFNU]

Journalist Union Condemns Violence Against Media 2021-01-10 [CWA Canada]

Union says 225 federal prison guards have been infected, need priority vaccinations 2021-01-09 [Canada News Central]

Precarity U 2021-01-09 [USW]

RadioLabour's Canada Report for the week of January 3-8, 2021: Fighting the rise of the radical right wing 2021-01-09 [RadioLabour]

Passing the Torch - Penni Richmond (1947-2020): Principled, Passionate, and Fun-Loving 2021-01-09 [Our Times]

The Gig is Up App - based workers in Canada are taking things into their own hands 2021-01-08 [This Magazine]

Education said key in overcoming health-care worker opposition to COVID-19 vaccine 2021-01-08 [CTV]

'They're not machines': Deaths of health-care workers underline the strain of COVID-19 2021-01-08 [CTV]

7 Times PressProgress Shone a Light on Canadian Corporations Mistreating Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2021-01-07 [Press Progress]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Cars? Public Transit in the Age of Google, Uber and Elon Musk 2021-01-07 [Our Times]

The AWU: What is a Minority Union? 2021-01-07 [The Law of Work]

NDP continues to fight for pensions and workers’ rights 2021-01-07 [UFCW Canada]

Prison guards need priority COVID-19 vaccinations, union says 2021-01-07 [This Week]

Vaccination in federal penitentiaries - The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers concerned with the vaccination plan of the Correctional Service of Canada 2021-01-07 [CSN]

P3 report highlights false claims and broken promises 2021-01-07 [CUPE]

Potential strike brewing at Canada’s cybersecurity agency 2021-01-06 [iPolitics]

Food Delivery Work Is a Big Test for Unions in Canada 2021-01-05 [The Tyee]

Lessons from 2020: The pandemic brought out the best in Canada’s workers 2021-01-03 [CLC]

2020 Scumbags of the Year 2021-01-03 [Rank and File]

Ed Finn remembered as man of principle 2021-01-02 [The Guardian]

UFCW Canada members rose to the challenge in 2020 2020-12-31 [UFCW Canada]

Send Frontline Workers a “Thank You” and Happy Holidays message! 2020-12-31 [UFCW Canada]

A Challenging Year 2020-12-31 [Teamsters]

Saying Goodbye to 2020 and Wishing You All A Happy New Year 2020-12-31 [CUPW]

Holiday Message from ATU Canada President John Di Nino 2020-12-31 [ATU Canada]

Law of Work Forum’s Most Read Posts: The Crazy 2020 Year 2020-12-30 [The Law of Work]

Failure to protect essential prisoner workers undermines public safety 2020-12-30 [Canadian Dimension]

Erika Shaker Living principles: In memory of Ed Finn 2020-12-29 [CCPA]

A guide to Bill C-65: The New Federal Workplace Violence and Harassment Legislation 2020-12-29 [Unifor]

Vote for 2020’s Scumbag of the Year 2020-12-28 [CLI]

This is What We Do - Union Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers 2020-12-28 [Our Times]

Blair Blasted Over Border Failure 2020-12-28 [Unifor]

Unions see opportunity as new generation of organizers emerge amid pandemic 2020-12-24 [Matters]

Nominate your 2020 Scumbag of the Year 2020-12-24 [Rank and File]

Solidarity and Season's Greetings from CUPE 2020-12-24 [CUPE]

Unions see opportunity as new generation of organizers emerge amid pandemic 2020-12-23 [Kelowna Courier/CP]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

8-01-2007 The 21,000 members of ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, begin the first strike in their 64-year history. An agreement is reached after 17 months of bargaining. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

18-01-1893 In the harbour at Nanaimo, British Columbia, Coast Seamen's Union organizers board the SS Bawnmore, whose crew had not been paid in months. A high-profile kidnapping trial follows, with the provincial premier acting as Crown Prosecutor. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

24-01-1979 The first bank strike in Canadian history begins when workers picket branches of La Banque d'épargne de la cité et du district de Montréal. [more]

24-01-2009 Le Journal de Montréal declares a lockout in an attempt to “gigify” the workers' collective agreement. The dispute lasts for 764 days. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1983 Instructors at Quebec CEGEPs walk out, beginning a Common Front strike against rollbacks in collective agreements introduced by the Parti Québécois. Primary and high school teachers and other public sector workers join the protest. [more]

26-01-1981 Some 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, take part in an illegal strike. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, begins a three-month jail sentence for defying a back-to-work law that ended a legal strike by postal workers in 1978. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]