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Mohamad Fakih and SEIU Healthcare Launch 'Food for the LTC Frontline' Campaign to Support Healthcare Workers 2021-01-15 [SEIU]

Consult front-line workers before reopening schools 2021-01-15 [NUPGE]

‘Union safety effect’ continues on Ontario’s ICI construction sites: IWH study finds 2021-01-14 [The Daily Commercial News]

“No paid sick leave means many more preventable deaths – and an ongoing failure to keep people safe” 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

COVID-19 outbreak at Essex-Windsor EMS facility could lead to an ambulance shortage in the region 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

$1 million payout for vacationing hospital boss but no paid sick days for staff facing COVID “profoundly unfair and disrespectful” 2021-01-14 [CUPE]

Health-care workers battled burnout before COVID-19 — now it's even worse, experts warn 2021-01-13 [CBC]

Unifor removes blockade at FCA's Windsor plant after drivers return to job 2021-01-12 [The News]

With COVID outbreaks in Hamilton surging, hospital unions urge Ford government to immediately vaccinate at local care homes 2021-01-12 [CUPE]

Essential workers from across the country talk about the unique challenges of these strange times 2021-01-11 [Canadaland]

Teacher’s union doesn’t accept public health rejection of school air purifiers 2021-01-11 [The Star]

Union representatives for personal support workers say more needs to be done to educate people about the vaccines 2021-01-11 [FM96]

Furious health-care unions eye trip-taking London hospital boss's ouster 2021-01-11 [The Free Press]

Caesars Windsor and Unifor extend existing collective agreement 2021-01-10 [CTV]

Toronto’s labour movement: Retract Mike Harris' Order of Ontario 2021-01-10 [TYRLC]

Ford government’s failure to contain COVID-19 results in need to extend remote learning 2021-01-10 [ETFO]

Reports on Non-Essential Travel are Disappointing 2021-01-10 [ONA]

OFL calls on Ford to resume Ontario legislature immediately to address record-high COVID-19 cases and deaths 2021-01-10 [OFL]

Transit union president calls on Premier Ford to correct minister Lecce’s oversight, include transit workers in emergency childcare benefit 2021-01-10 [atu]

Chapters-Indigo Woodbridge Workers Join Union 2021-01-09 [UFCW 1006A]

Ripley’s Aquarium workers join Unifor 2021-01-09 [Unifor]

OSBCU responds to government’s extension of virtual learning in Ontario schools 2021-01-09 [CUPE]

Bitter fight by Ontario correctional officers to form own union fizzles 2021-01-08 [CP]

Arbitrator Upholds Mandatory Employee COVID Testing 2021-01-08 [MONDAQ]

Get back to Queen’s Park today: CUPE Ontario 2021-01-08 [CUPE]

Premier Doug Ford says hospital board has to make ‘tough decision’ about CEO’s Caribbean vacation 2021-01-07 [The Standard]

Healthcare Workers File Human Rights Complaint Against Nursing Home Chain and Provincial Government 2021-01-07 [SEIU]

Masse, border workers urge rapid COVID-19 testing at Windsor-Detroit crossings 2021-01-07 [The Star]

Nurse working at Ontario long-term care home dies after contracting COVID-19 2021-01-07 [CTV]

Union president upset after hospital PR executive gets COVID shot before front-line workers 2021-01-07 [CBC]

Employers can require healthcare workers to get COVID vaccine but union wary of mandatory shot 2021-01-06 [CBC]

Military help needed immediately for Ontario long-term care homes in outbreak 2021-01-05 [CUPE]

Teachers with young children worry how they’ll pull off remote schooling 2021-01-04 [The Globe and Mail]

Windsor, Ont., PSW died New Year’s Eve due to COVID-19: union 2021-01-04 [Global]

York Region's paramedics should not have to wait months for vaccine: union 2021-01-03 [Today]

Long-time local personal care worker dies of COVID-19 2021-01-03 [Canada.com]

Unifor mourns Sheila Yakovishin, PSW in Windsor LTC home, lost to COVID-19 2021-01-03 [Unifor]

Unifor mourns Sheila Yakovishin, PSW in Windsor LTC home, lost to COVID-19 2021-01-03 [Unifor]

Education workers left out of child-care provision during Ontario lockdown: union 2021-01-02 [CBC]

Stronger worker safety measures and transparency around workplace outbreaks on the way 2021-01-01 [Toronto Star]

Plans to reopen schools during province-wide lockdown fail to protect elementary students and educators 2020-12-31 [ETFO]

Paramedics anxious about wait for COVID-19 vaccine 2020-12-31 [CITY]

When They Say Jump: The ATU and the TTC 2020-12-30 [The Bullet / Jim Nolan]

What it’s like to work at a grocery store during the second wave 2020-12-30 [Now]

Peel paramedics union seeks clarity on when members will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine 2020-12-30 [Yahoo]

Head of Ontario task force says paramedics will have to wait for vaccine 2020-12-30 [Global]

Unifor president named Toronto Star Wheels newsmaker of year 2020-12-24 [Toronto Star]

Unifor donates $5K to Dryden crisis shelter Hoshizaki House 2020-12-24 [CBC]

Migrant worker who tested positive for COVID-19 heads home for Christmas with help from UFCW 2020-12-24 [CBC]

CUPE Local 191 members ratify new agreement with city of Kenora 2020-12-24 [CBC]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

8-01-2007 The 21,000 members of ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, begin the first strike in their 64-year history. An agreement is reached after 17 months of bargaining. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

18-01-1893 In the harbour at Nanaimo, British Columbia, Coast Seamen's Union organizers board the SS Bawnmore, whose crew had not been paid in months. A high-profile kidnapping trial follows, with the provincial premier acting as Crown Prosecutor. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

24-01-1979 The first bank strike in Canadian history begins when workers picket branches of La Banque d'épargne de la cité et du district de Montréal. [more]

24-01-2009 Le Journal de Montréal declares a lockout in an attempt to “gigify” the workers' collective agreement. The dispute lasts for 764 days. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1983 Instructors at Quebec CEGEPs walk out, beginning a Common Front strike against rollbacks in collective agreements introduced by the Parti Québécois. Primary and high school teachers and other public sector workers join the protest. [more]

26-01-1981 Some 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, take part in an illegal strike. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, begins a three-month jail sentence for defying a back-to-work law that ended a legal strike by postal workers in 1978. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]