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AUPE blasts Kenney government for 'another attack on workers' 2020-10-22 [CBC]

UCP child care report highlights frustrations with no real solutions 2020-10-22 [AFL]

UNA strongly considers Labour Code complaint in response to apparent effort by AHS to stall bargaining 2020-10-21 [UNA]

Union ‘concerned,’ requests meeting with Kenney after ‘right-to-work’ policy resolution approved by UCP members 2020-10-20 [Global]

Layoffs are about privatizing Alberta's public health system during a pandemic 2020-10-18 [NUPGE]

Unions say public health layoffs are the latest attack on labour movement 2020-10-17 [rabble]

Government's claimed savings from health-care cuts don't add up 2020-10-16 [rabble]

Three workers at Red Deer’s Canada Post sorting facility have tested positive for COVID-19 2020-10-15 [The Advocate]

Kenney Government’s layoff announcement throws health care in Alberta back into chaos 2020-10-14 [UNA]

Kenney’s draconian cuts will destroy public health care during a pandemic and tank our economy during a recession 2020-10-14 [AFL]

Health Services to lay off up to 11,000 staff, mostly through outsourcing 2020-10-14 [CBC]

Finance Minister Travis Toews raises uncertainty in health care with belligerent attack on nurses 2020-10-11 [UNA]

Take a pass on ‘the pass’ 2020-10-11 [ATA]

Stressed out 2020-10-11 [ATA]

New website will catalogue all of Jason Kenney’s ‘unAlbertan’ and ‘deeply disturbing’ cuts and policies 2020-10-11 [AFL]

Notley: You are the target of Kenney’s ‘fiscal reckoning.’ 2020-10-10 [CUPE]

Notley refuses to condemn AFL campaign to boycott businesses that donated to UCP 2020-10-08 [The Western Standard]

Wildlife officers answering dangerous police calls deserve more money: union 2020-10-08 [Todayville]

AFL launches website for Albertans who want to boycott the businesses who bankroll the UCP 2020-10-07 [AFL]

Unions urge Albertans to boycott pro-UCP businesses 2020-10-07 [CBC]

Alberta unions call for boycott of businesses that support Jason Kenny's UCP, post names in website 2020-10-07 [National Post]

UNA proposes reopening collective bargaining on October 16 2020-10-04 [UNA]

Instead of helping Albertans, the UCP will be fighting old ideological battles at upcoming AGM 2020-10-04 [AFL]

HSAA President calls on Minister of Health to abandon plans to privatize health care 2020-10-01 [NUPGE]

290 staff now isolating as Foothills hospital outbreaks grow 2020-09-30 [CBC]

Nurses should not be penalized for self-isolating due to COVID-19 outbreaks in hospitals 2020-09-28 [UNA]

UCP still missing in action on child care as federal government invest more funding 2020-09-28 [AFL]

“The question is not why hasn’t the federal government done more, but rather, why has our provincial government done so little?' 2020-09-28 [AFL]

Athabasca University Threatens to Exploit Peculiar Alberta Labour Law to Weaken Unions 2020-09-28 [The Law of Work]

End of special paid leave for nurses amid pandemic 'mind boggling,' union official says 2020-09-24 [CBC]

Research project quantifies teacher concerns 2020-09-21 [ATA]

Time for action 2020-09-21 [ATA]

Turbulent times ahead in Alberta labour negotiations, expert predicts 2020-09-08 [CBC]

Reducing Large Classes Is Not an All or Nothing Proposal 2020-09-06 [ATA]

School Boards Must Prioritize Staffing with Federal Funds 2020-09-06 [ATA]

Second COVID-19 outbreak at Harmony Beef this year grows to 74 cases 2020-09-04 [CBC]

AUPE alleges Alberta government violating single-site worker rules at Michener Centre 2020-09-04 [CBC]

Eagle Ridge Nest Child Care Centre workers vote to unionize 2020-09-04 [CUPE]

As students go back to school, Calgary transit union prepares for increase in ridership 2020-09-02 [Global]

Union calls for closure of Calgary chicken plant following COVID-19 outbreak 2020-09-02 [CTV]

Calgary chicken-processing plant will remain open after COVID-19 outbreak 2020-09-01 [OHS Canada]

UNA calls on Alberta Government to take stronger safety measures as schools reopen 2020-08-30 [UNA]

UNA urges AHS CEO to protect clients by dropping plan to contract out home care services 2020-08-30 [UNA]

Ecco Heating Workers Ratify First Collective Agreement 2020-08-30 [Teamsters]

PEC tables motion of non-confidence in education minister 2020-08-30 [ATA]

Teachers need to fight, ATA president urges 2020-08-30 [ATA]

Government bill an attempt to stifle teacher voices 2020-08-30 [ATA]

Balzac plant hit again as Calgary area sees spike in COVID-19 cases 2020-08-30 [The Herald]

New outbreak at Harmony Beef | Union calls for Lilydale plant to shutter 2020-08-29 [The Herald]

Union wants Calgary chicken processing plant shut down after COVID-19 outbreak 2020-08-29 [CP]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-10-1741 Workers at the Royal Shipyard in Québec organize the first recorded strike in Canadian history. [more]

6-10-2011 The first H&M retail outlet in Canada is organized in Mississauga, Ontario, where workers vote to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers. [more]

8-10-1906 At Buckingham, Québec, workers locked out for organizing a union at the MacLaren pulp mill are attacked by company police. Union officers Thomas Bélanger and François Thériault are shot dead. [more]

12-10-1975 Grace Hartman is elected National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. She becomes the first woman in North American history to lead a major union. [more]

12-10-1973 A strike by immigrant workers at the Artistic Woodwork factory in suburban Toronto attracts strong support from political activists. The strike exposes the role of police in protecting strikebreakers. [more]

13-10-1944 The Trades and Labour Congress of Canada charters Federal Labour Union 180 at Vancouver General Hospital. This is the beginning of the Hospital Employees' Union of British Columbia, now the province's largest health care union. [more]

14-10-1976 In Canada's first country-wide general strike, one million workers join a Day of Protest against the federal government's wage controls policy. [more]

16-10-1963 More than 200 nurses start an illegal strike at the Hôpital Sainte-Justine in Montréal. They are seeking an end to overwork and recognition of their role in the health system. The thirty-day strike achieves a settlement that encourages unionization. [more]

18-10-1935 Farm labourer Nicholas Schaack, 51, dies in hospital following head injuries received on Market Square in Regina on Dominion Day, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police brought the On to Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers to a violent end. [more]

19-10-1996 When General Motors tries to break a Canadian Autoworkers strike by removing equipment, union members occupy the Oshawa plants. [more]

23-10-1958 At Springhill, Nova Scotia, 75 men are killed in a mine disaster and 81 miners are rescued the next day. A group of twelve miners are rescued on 30 October and a final group of seven are located and brought to the surface on 1 November. [more]

27-10-1997 More than 125,000 Ontario teachers walk out to protest the province's plans to cut school budgets and centralize control over education. The two-week protest affects two million students and is the largest teachers’ strike in North American history. [more]

30-10-1971 A protest against a lockout at the daily La Presse in Montréal ends in a street battle between thousands of workers and police. When tear gas is used, student activist Michèle Gauthier, an expectant mother, dies of suffocation. [more]