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Alberta Safeway union votes to strike as contract talks stall, hero pay removed 2020-07-01 [Global]

Unifor disappointed as Kenney presents support for corporations and slim pickings for workers 2020-06-30 [Unifor]

Safeway workers vote in favour of strike after company ends COVID-19 'hero pay' 2020-06-30 [CBC]

Health Services plans to privatize community lab services 2020-06-29 [CBC]

Education funding cuts by Kenney Government to result in elimination of some health care services 2020-06-28 [UNA]

Nominations open for UNA Bread & Roses Award 2020-06-28 [UNA]

Jason Kenney betrays Albertans with plan to privatize lab services 2020-06-28 [NUPGE]

Preserve Alberta’s voluntary blood collection system 2020-06-28 [NUPGE]

Union goes to court to challenge UCP law that criminalizes public protest 2020-06-28 [rabble]

Pension Changes Deserve Full Debate 2020-06-24 [ATA]

Union launches legal challenge, questions constitutionality of province’s Bill 1 2020-06-24 [CTV]

Health-care aides at a third of private Alberta long-term care and seniors' homes aren't receiving a $2-an-hour pandemic wage top-up 2020-06-24 [CBC]

Kenney puts patients at risk with blood-for-money scheme 2020-06-23 [CUPE]

Front-line health-care workers shouldn't have to rely on the grace of their employers to make ends meet 2020-06-21 [rabble]

Kenney’s child care cuts are making life less affordable for families 2020-06-21 [AFL]

Alberta unions to Jason Kenney: Don’t you dare cut the minimum wage! 2020-06-19 [AFL]

AFL list helps workers assess risks of return to work 2020-06-18 [CLI]

The battle in Edmonton for a new kind of transit 2020-06-18 [Rank and File]

Relationship between union and plant management suffers under COVID-19 2020-06-16 [Canadian Cattleman]

Union representing Alberta Safeway workers frustrated over contract talks 2020-06-15 [CBC]

Unions give workers tools to blow the whistle on employers who aren’t taking COVID-19 seriously enough 2020-06-13 [AFL]

Unions urge passage of private member’s bill that would protect pensions and keep Alberta in CPP 2020-06-13 [AFL]

AHS ordered to pay UNA members proper rate for OH&S Committee work 2020-06-13 [UNA]

Health Care Pandemic Pay Sucks 2020-06-07 [AFL]

Bill 1 – SAY NO! 2020-06-03 [IAMAW]

AIMCo management would mean 1.3 billion less for teachers’ pension fund 2020-06-03 [AFL]

Forgotten workers caring for Alberta’s most vulnerable are being left out by UCP policies and programs 2020-06-03 [AFL]

AFL Statement in Solidarity with People Protesting Systemic Racism 2020-06-03 [AFL]

Vegreville care home can't find workers after cutting pay by $8/hr, wants change to public health order 2020-06-01 [CBC]

Kenney’s attempt to criminalize dissent with Bill 1 will fail 2020-05-31 [Unifor]

40th Anniversary of the Prairie Steel Gang Tragedy 2020-05-31 [Teamsters]

Teachers Want Support for Parents’ Top Choice: Public Education 2020-05-31 [ATA]

Kenney’s 'Trumpian' narrative that COVID-19 is a disease of the elderly will lead to more infections and deaths 2020-05-31 [AFL]

Unions say Bill 1 could make Alberta a 'police state' 2020-05-31 [AFL]

Labour leaders demand that Kenney not stand in the way of paid sick leave for all 2020-05-31 [AFL]

Still no wage increase for Alberta's front line workers 2020-05-30 [CUPE]

Child Care is crucial for Alberta’s economic recovery 2020-05-27 [AFL]

Health-care layoffs postponed again amid COVID-19 pandemic 2020-05-27 [CBC]

Profits over health in Alberta 2020-05-26 [Rank and File]

Union files labour practice complaint against home care company 2020-05-26 [CBC]

Mourning family of Cargill COVID-19 death feel left behind by company 2020-05-25 [CBC]

$170M aid package for private long-term care illustrates failure of privatization, need for transparency 2020-05-24 [UNA]

Teamsters Canada Foundation Donates $8,000 to Food Banks Alberta 2020-05-24 [Teamsters]

Continuing Care Workers Haven’t Received Pandemic Pay Increases Yet 2020-05-23 [Huffington Post]

Long Term Care Report 2020-05-23 [CUPE]

CUPE calls on Minister Shandro to deliver promised wages to staff at seniors’ homes 2020-05-23 [CUPE]

As Albertans return to work, AFL publishes list of 100 jobs where COVID-19 risk is highest 2020-05-22 [AFL]

Calgary closed because Kenney won't listen to workers 2020-05-20 [CUPE]

Meat Packers Say Cargill Ignored Their Concerns About Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak at Alberta Slaughterhouse 2020-05-18 [Press Progress]

Calgary Closed Because Kenney Won't Listen to Workers: CUPE 2020-05-16 [The Financial Post]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-07-1923 Provincial police charge crowds at the steel plant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where workers are on strike for union recognition. In the 1930s, memories of Bloody Sunday help lead to union recognition. [more]

1-07-1935 In Regina, Saskatchewan, a rally in support of the On-to-Ottawa Trek of unemployed workers is attacked by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two men are killed and 100 injured. The Dominion Day riot contributes to the defeat of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. [more]

2-07-2008 After 14 months of an acrimonious labor dispute, the employees of Journal de Québec accept an agreement in principle concluded between their union and their employer. [more]

3-07-1979 Longshoremen in Saint John, New Brunswick refuse to load heavy water for the military dictatorship in Argentina. The celebrated No Candu/Hot Cargo protest brings attention to the abuse of human rights and secures the release of several political prisoners. [more]

7-07-1983 British Columbia introduces 26 bills to cut public services and limit union rights. Operation Solidarity launches a province-wide mobilization, supported by a wider Solidarity Coalition. This takes the province to the verge of a general strike. [more]

8-07-1900 First Nations, European and Japanese Canadian fishers on the Fraser River win a strike for a standard seasonal rate for their catch. It is the start of unionism in the British Columbia fishery, but a year later ethnic divisions lead to defeat. [more]

9-07-1793 Black petitioners and abolitionist allies succeed in gaining a law to limit slavery in Upper Canada. The importation of additional slaves is prohibited, and the children of slaves are to be freed at 25 years of age. [more]

11-07-1962 The road to universal health care reaches a turning point when Saskatchewan doctors fail to win public support for their strike against the implementation of medicare. Saskatchewan goes on to set the model for the rest of the country. [more]

14-07-1946 In Hamilton, Ontario, steelworkers take on the country's biggest steel producer in a crucial strike for union recognition. With strong community support, they hold the line for almost three months to win an historic victory. [more]

14-07-1918 Birth of Grace Hartman, the first woman to lead a major national union in North America. She was elected president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1975. [more]

19-07-1983 Kamloops members of the British Columbia Government Employees Union begin a three-week occupation of the Tranquille Institution and take control of the facility, after learning that the provincial government planned to close it. [more]

23-07-1965 Postal workers across the country begin a wildcat strike that leads to full union recognition and collective bargaining rights in the postal service. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers soon emerges as one of the most militant public sector unions. [more]

24-07-1941 Thousands of workers in Arvida, Québec go on an illegal wartime strike and occupy the Alcan aluminium plant. The federal government claims enemy sabotage and sends troops. Work resumes while a settlement is negotiated. [more]

25-07-1917 An early morning explosion at No. 12 colliery in New Waterford, Nova Scotia kills 65 men and boys in the worst single disaster in the Cape Breton coal mines. A grand jury later approves criminal charges against officials, but there are no convictions. [more]

27-07-1918 Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer and socialist, is shot and killed by a special constable in the woods near Cumberland, British Columbia. In Vancouver his shooting leads to the province's first one-day general strike. [more]

28-07-1932 Three young boys die in an abandoned coal mine in Minto, New Brunswick. Two of the coal miners who come to their rescue also perish. The tragic event leads to the province's first mine safety legislation. [more]

31-07-1961 The founding convention of the New Party, soon to be the New Democratic Party, opens in Ottawa. Strongly supported by the Canadian Labour Congress, it replaces the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas is chosen as leader. [more]