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CUPE trying to unionize 45 care workers 2023-01-31 [Alberta Worker]

Unifor members ratify new agreement with PepsiCo 2023-01-30 [Unifor]

Tentative Agreement reached with Procor Edmonton 2023-01-27 [Unifor]

Warehousing members at Core-Mark secure new contract 2023-01-26 [UFCW]

Calgary's city manager wants office staff back at the workplace 2023-01-26 [CBC]

“Greedy and hypocritical”: Calgary company owned by a pension plan taking away its own workers’ pension plan 2023-01-24 [CUPE]

Lamont County Housing Foundation: Collective agreement ratified 2023-01-23 [AUPE]

More front-line health care workers join AUPE 2023-01-23 [AUPE]

More Edmonton Starbucks workers try to unionize 2023-01-23 [Alberta Worker]

Energy jobs transition bill sparks discord in oil heartland 2023-01-23 [Reuters]

Tentative agreement at Covenant Health GSS 2023-01-20 [AUPE]

Olds College members approve new contract 2023-01-20 [AUPE]

Opinion: Stop the panic, 'just transition' has never meant a forced movement of workers 2023-01-19 [Calgary Herald]

Opinion: Green energy already creating jobs and investment in Alberta; IUOE Local 955 2023-01-19 [Edmonton Journal]

EMS report recommends steps toward privatization, critics say 2023-01-17 [CBC]

Patient safety concerns reported daily by nurses at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre 2023-01-16 [UNA]

ATA unveils new teacher exchange options 2023-01-15 [ATA]

ATA is there for teachers as new discipline processes unfold 2023-01-15 [ATA]

New year brings new code of conduct 2023-01-15 [ATA]

Unions acted in good faith by accepting vaccine mandates, labour board rules 2023-01-13 [The Western Standard]

Data shows scope of unfilled paramedic shifts in Edmonton last year 2023-01-12 [The Journal]

Food processing members at Cavendish Farms build a better life 2023-01-09 [UFCW]

Lethbridge meat plant wants to hire 20 TFWs 2023-01-08 [Alberta Worker]

Lethbridge meat plant wants to hire 20 TFWs 2023-01-08 [Alberta Worker]

Edmonton Teamsters file for strike vote 2023-01-08 [Alberta Worker]

Canadian rail companies boost profits on backs of workers 2023-01-06 [Alberta Worker]

Lethbridge water treatment plant workers get 10% raise 2023-01-01 [Alberta Worker]

AB had worst payroll employee growth despite lowest profit tax 2023-01-01 [Alberta Worker]

Lethbridge food workers approve 14% pay raise 2022-12-31 [Alberta Worker]

The ‘Top Employer’ Where Workers Kept Dying 2022-12-26 [The Tyee]

Diversified Transportation accused of firing union supporter 2022-12-26 [Alberta Worker]

University of Lethbridge VP accused of intimidation 2022-12-26 [Alberta Worker]

U of L workers get 2.75% wage increase 2022-12-26 [Alberta Worker]

Steel company fired union local president 2022-12-26 [Alberta Worker]

Revera Aspen Ridge and The Edgemont members taking a stand! 2022-12-25 [AUPE]

UNA president calls on government to protect Alberta’s children 2022-12-25 [UNA]

Have a safe holiday and Happy New Year 2022-12-25 [UNA]

2022 Winter Holiday Wishes 2022-12-25 [ATA]

Danielle Smith quashes nurses’ call for mask mandate despite high pediatric hospitalizations 2022-12-23 [Global TV]

Nurses demand mask mandate to relieve pressure on Alberta's overwhelmed pediatric hospitals 2022-12-22 [CBC]

CUPE Local 70 Gives Back 2022-12-22 [CUPE]

Edmonton Starbucks Workers File Application to Join Steelworkers Union 2022-12-20 [USW]

Province ranks last in education spending 2022-12-13 [ATA]

Sylvan Lake support workers want to switch union 2022-12-10 [Alberta Worker]

Labour on Alberta Sovereignty Act: ‘Battle lines have now been drawn’ 2022-12-09 [Rabble]

CUPE launches legal challenge to Alberta labour rules 2022-12-07 [CUPE]

Unifor Local 4050 ratifies first contract with Pieridae Energy Caroline 2022-12-06 [Unifor]

AFL president joins the chorus of Albertans condemning the Alberta Sovereignty Act 2022-12-06 [AFL]

AGLC workers to vote on 3 years of wage freezes 2022-12-05 [Alberta Worker]

UCP considered cutting minimum wage for “economic recovery”; AFL 2022-12-05 [Alberta Federation of Labour]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

3-02-1939 The first group of Canadian veterans of the Spanish Civil War disembark at Halifax. Of the almost 1,700 Canadians who fought fascism in Spain, more than 400 were killed. Many of the volunteers were union activists and others radicalized in the 1930s. [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]

11-02-1963 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]

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

15-02-1912 Male garment workers at the Eaton’s factory in Toronto are locked out when they protest changes that deprive women workers of jobs. More than a thousand employees join the protest. Solidarity marches and public boycotts continue for several months. [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, which requires employers to recognize and bargain with unions supported by the majority of employees. This breakthrough sets a standard for postwar labour relations. [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]

26-02-1979 The Farmworkers Organizing Committee (FWOC) is established at a meeting in a room in the New Westminster library. Eight people are present including: Raj Chouhan, Harinder Mahil, Sarwan Sidhu, Pritam Singh, Amarit Pal Mann, Gurnam Sahota. [more]

29-02-1956 In Sudbury, Ontario, the great African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson performs at the Mine Mill union hall. It is his last concert in Canada, as the Canadian government soon afterwards blocks his return for an extensive concert tour. [more]