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After weeks of being on strike, there's a tentative deal between Jamieson Labs and Unifor 2024-02-24 [CBC]

A “textbook example” of terrorism: CUPE Ontario statement on the sentencing of the killer of the Afzaal family 2024-02-24 [CUPE]

Service workers at University of Toronto vote in support of strike action 2024-02-24 [CUPE]

York University academic workers vote to strike Monday 2024-02-24 [CUPE]

York University workers to walk off job Monday if no agreement reached over weekend 2024-02-24 [CBC]

Ontario Nurses’ Association Strongly Urges Ontarians to Fight the Ford Government’s Blood-for-Cash Scheme 2024-02-23 [ONA]

Social service workers join the union 2024-02-23 [UFCW]

Unifor and Jamieson Laboratories reach tentative agreement 2024-02-23 [Unifor]

Township of Black River-Matheson bans striking workers from municipal sites 2024-02-23 [CBC]

Repeal of Bill 124, restoration of stolen wages, and apology to public sector workers must be priorities for Ford PCs 2024-02-23 [CUPE]

Frontline Workers Locked Out Amid Mental Health Crisis in Northern Ontario 2024-02-22 [BNN Breaking]

CUPE to oppose Black River-Matheson trespassing notice in court 2024-02-22 [CTV]

Rallying at the Perley gates: health care staff demand better working and living conditions at residential care facility 2024-02-22 [SCFP]

CUPE challenges Black River-Matheson trespassing notice 2024-02-22 [CUPE]

Developmental service workers say enough is enough, delivering near unanimous strike vote 2024-02-22 [CUPE]

UFCW activists advocate for migrant members with ONDP leader 2024-02-21 [UFCW]

UFCW 1006A members see victory against former employer in labour board ruling 2024-02-21 [UFCW]

Goodwill Industries workers vote to join Unifor 2024-02-21 [Unifor]

Violence on the picket line shows need for provincial anti-scab legislation 2024-02-21 [rabble]

Workers hit by scabs in more acts of anti-worker violence on Northern Ontario picket line 2024-02-21 [CUPE]

'Spirits are high' among striking Jamieson Laboratories workers on day 19 of strike 2024-02-20 [CTV]

More anti-worker violence alleged on northern Ont. picket line: CUPE 2024-02-20 [CTV]

Both sides accuse the other of bullying in Black River-Matheson strike 2024-02-20 [The Star]

Union at Conestoga College call for school's president to 'consider retirement' after controversial comments 2024-02-20 [CBC]

Rise in workplace injuries indicates trouble for healthcare workers in Ontario, WSIB data finds 2024-02-19 [The Capital Current]

Workers Hit by Scabs in More Acts of Anti-Worker Violence on Northern Ontario Picket Line, Criminal Charges Needed as Bare Minimum 2024-02-19 [CUPE]

More anti-worker violence alleged on northern Ont. picket line 2024-02-19 [CTV]

Striking workers in northern Ontario hit by replacement workers’ pickup truck 2024-02-19 [CP24]

United Steelworkers Local 6500 surpasses $1 million in lifetime giving to the Foundations at Health Sciences North 2024-02-18 [USW]

Congratulations to Kelly Tosato, first woman elected President of UFCW Local 175 2024-02-18 [UFCW Canada]

Conservative MPPs shrug off forest firefighters’ exposure to cancer-causing smoke and toxins; strike down life-saving amendment 2024-02-18 [OPSEU]

Peel Region EAs and DECEs ratify local contract, building power for central bargaining in 2026 2024-02-18 [OPSEU]

CAS workers rally in Ottawa for strong communities 2024-02-18 [OPSEU]

Anti-worker violence at lawful picket shows need for anti-scab legislation in Ontario 2024-02-18 [OFL]

Why are Black teachers quitting? 2024-02-18 [RadioLabour]

Courts reaffirm that Doug Ford’s Bill 124 is unconstitutional for a second time 2024-02-18 [rabble]

Wage Freeze Legislation (#Bill124) (Still) Unconstitutional 2024-02-18 [The Law of Work]

Academic staff at University of Toronto vote in support of strike action 2024-02-17 [CUPE]

Ford government reaches tentative contract deal with French teachers 2024-02-16 [Toronto Star]

Ottawa Police Using ‘Intimidation Tactics’ Against Striking Workers, Canada’s Biggest Federal Public Sector Union Says 2024-02-16 [PressProgress]

Jamieson strike will affect store shelves 'very soon,' says union 2024-02-16 [CBC]

2 city unions 'not happy' with Hamilton mayor's comments about police budget 2024-02-16 [CBC]

OSSTF Calls Out Ford Government—Says They Must Prioritize The Needs Of Students With Disabilities 2024-02-15 [Ottawa Life Magazine]

'We’re looking to get back to the table': Locked out workers walking the picket line 2024-02-15 [Today]

LCBO drops plans to scan customer ID's at northwestern Ontario stores after directive from finance minister 2024-02-15 [CBC]

Letter to the editor from locked out workers at CMHA Cochrane-Timiskaming 2024-02-15 [The Daily Press]

CUPE Ontario Statement for Pink Triangle Day 2024-02-15 [CUPE]

Market conditions, lack of investment lead to shuttered Cascades Containerboard 2024-02-14 [Ontario]

Unifor members at Plains Midstream ratify new agreement 2024-02-14 [Unifior]

Doug Ford admits Bill 124 already cost ‘billions’ in backpay for unions 2024-02-14 [Global]

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]

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

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]

22-02-1932 On an international day of protest against unemployment, thousands of men, women and children march in Vancouver, British Columbia to support immediate relief measures and radical social reforms. [more]

24-02-1996 The Days of Action mounted by Ontario unions in response to the anti-worker agenda of the provincial Conservative government end in Hamilton, Ontario. This is the largest of the mass actions across the province. [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]