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Aecon, LIUNA join forces on Women in Trades program 2019-08-23 [The Daily Commercial News]

Open letter to parents offers education workers' views on job action: 'Like you, we want services that help children thrive' 2019-08-23 [CUPE]

Ford plans many more healthcare cuts 2019-08-22 [Rank and File]

Contract chaos threatens reliable school bus service 2019-08-22 [Unifor]

UFCW calls for further action for TFWs in wake of fire at Pioneer Flower Farms 2019-08-22 [UFCW Canada]

Majority of Ontarians believe Ford Conservatives are on the wrong track for education, particularly Kindergarten 2019-08-22 [ETFO]

Thanks to extensive lobbying, revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum similar to 2015 version in meeting needs of students, educators 2019-08-22 [ETFO]

Casino Woodbine members win historic collective agreement 2019-08-22 [PSAC]

Public health crisis looms as Ford continues municipal funding cuts crusade 2019-08-22 [OPSEU]

It’s unanimous: MacKenzie Health Orthopaedic Technologists and Technicians join OPSEU 2019-08-22 [OPSEU]

A Statement from OSSTF/FEESO on the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum 2019-08-22 [OSSTF]

Free Event: Using Ontario’s New MSD Prevention Guideline to Empower Workplace- A Year in Review 2019-08-22 [ONA]

Transgender, Gender, and LGBTQ2S+ in Medicine: Old School or New Generation Perspective? 2019-08-22 [ONA]

Northwood Lodge Home for the Aged workers unionize 2019-08-22 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Ford funding cuts threaten health and security of Ontario families 2019-08-21 [Unifor]

MacKenzie Health employees in in Richmond Hill, Ont. join union 2019-08-21 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Carpenters’ give $1M to new Vaughan hospital 2019-08-20 [The Daily Commercial News]

Striking military base workers plan Ottawa rallies today 2019-08-20 [CBC]

Rallies planned in Ottawa as workers from military bases in Kingston and Petawawa strike 2019-08-20 [The Citizen]

Cancoil Thermal workers in Kingston, Ont. ratify new contract 2019-08-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Workers at De Luxe Paper Products in Toronto reach new agreement 2019-08-20 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Workers at Bruce Power in Tiverton, Ont. reach tentative agreement 2019-08-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Dependable Maintenance Janitorial employees in Toronto join union 2019-08-19 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

Foodora courier fed up with delivery company's efforts to put the brakes on unionization 2019-08-19 [CBC]

High school teachers won’t strike but elementary teachers prepared for battle 2019-08-18 [CTV]

Labour readying to parade in Sarnia 2019-08-17 [The Observer]

High school teachers will be in class for first day of school, union leader says 2019-08-17 [CBC]

Unifor making headway for Oshawa auto parts workers 2019-08-17 [CM]

Crisis in long-term care exposed by Ontario inquiry into murders 2019-08-17 [NUPGE]

Town of Widows 2019-08-16 [Rank and File]

Bargaining stalled for Ontario’s education workers 2019-08-15 [Rank and File]

CUPW Statement: Foodora Unionization Vote 2019-08-14 [CUPW]

Foodora union voting ends but battle to unionize far from resolved 2019-08-14 [CBC]

CUPE school board leaders endorse job action in defence of high-quality services for students 2019-08-14 [CUPE]

CUPE calls for Conservative government to conduct independent review of decision to close pathology service 2019-08-14 [CUPE]

Upper Canada District School Board 'hypocritical' for prioritizing management jobs over services for students 2019-08-14 [CUPE]

Push to unionize Foodora could be ‘watershed moment’ for Canadian gig economy 2019-08-12 [Global]

Toronto Foodora Couriers to Vote on Union Certification 2019-08-09 [iPhone in Canada]

Foodora couriers in Toronto preparing to vote on union certification 2019-08-09 [Canadian Labour Reporter]

3 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself at Work 2019-08-08 [WAC]

Casino Rama workers’ solidarity rally calls for action from province 2019-08-08 [Unifor]

UFCW celebrates Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019-08-08 [UFCW Canada]

ONA concerned about impact of the closure of Canadian Blood Services’ donor clinic in Sudbury 2019-08-08 [ONA]

With $8 billion more in cuts coming, Ford PCs “worse than Harris” London shorted 222 hospital beds, 1,762 staff, new report finds 2019-08-08 [CUPE]

Union calls on Conservatives to reverse both fee increase for seniors and real budget cut to long-term care in 2019 2019-08-08 [CUPE]

Staffing cuts at Upper Canada District School Board herald a grim return to class for students in September 2019-08-08 [CUPE]

Union calls on Conservatives to reverse both 2.3 per cent fee increase for seniors and real budget cut of more than 1 per cent to long-term care in 2019 2019-08-08 [Stockhouse]

Ministry report finds inadequate staffing at Brucelea Haven possibly led to the deaths of two residents 2019-08-08 [Unifor]

Foodora Couriers in Intense Push for Union Certification 2019-08-08 [CUPW]

Foodora couriers in Toronto preparing to vote on union certification 2019-08-08 [The Citizen]

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]

1-08-1928 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]

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]

31-08-2013 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]

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]